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Tias Street Corner, Lanzarote


Landscape Watercolour of Lanzarote, 15" x 11"

Tias is a small town in central Lanzarote, a bit off the tourist areas and a popular residency for local and ex pats.  I don't know the name of this street corner, but I took the liberty of changing a few minor architectural details and put in the two people and the car to balance the composition.  Pedestrian crossing went in first with a dry wash of light blue pigment just to dirty it up a bit before the cerulean blue sky and ultra marine/alizarin crimson was on the lower half (with a bit of yellow ochre on the lighter right hand side of the central building.


Sunday Market Teguise, Lanzarote


Landscape Watercolour of Lanzarote, 15" x 11"

The church tower of San Miguel serves as a useful landmark if you're ever lost at the busy Sunday market in the old capital town of Teguise. I can remember doing the foreground in one go with bold dry brush strokes, and leaving a bit of the paper below to enhance a bit of sunlight sparkle on the surface.

Saunders Waterford Rough Paper, 140 lbs.


Haria Lanzarote 2


Landscape Watercolour of Lanzarote, 15" x 11" 

The small town of Haria in northern Lanzarote, is in the centre of the Valley of the Palms - a wide green valley dotted with random Canary Island Date Palms, with extinct volcanoes around the perimeter.  A bit of dry brush strokes for the palm trunks is a quick way of understating them against the light.


Mykonos Port, Greece


Landscape Watercolour of Mykonos, Greece, 15" x 11"

Mykonos, a small Greek Island and part of the Cyclades group.  It's a very popular tourist destination I suppose because it's not too commercialised and has the iconic Aegean scenery of pretty villages and white washed houses.  My sketch is of the New Port, a few miles away from the main Mykonos town and an early part of the morning when the air is still.


Piraeus Port, Athens


Landscape Watercolour of Piraeus, 15" x 11"

Pireaus, the port for Athens and the largest port in Greece.  This is the main road / dual carriageway that runs around the perimeter and is punctuated by at least two dozen gates and ferries leading to all the Greek Islands and beyond.  The building is probably a government office but offers an interesting contrast to the shadows of the larger apartment blocks on the right.


Tel Aviv Street Corner


Landscape Watercolour of Tel Aviv, 15" x 11"

A street corner in Tel Aviv.  Well it could be any city.  The painting is based on a holiday snap.  The first thing I do if the picture has some white in it or the stripes of the zebra crossing is dull it down a bit with some dirty or blueish paint, and not to make the stripe too perfect but cut across the edges.


Street Corner, Old Jerusalem


Landscape Watercolour of Jerusalem, 15" x 11"

A busy street corner in the old part of Jerusalem, just opposite the Damascus Gate.  There was a varied mixture of shops here, street vendors and even a Hotel in the middle.  What attracted me was the challenge of simplifying the scene (extracting many people and a few cars whizzing around the junction here), and I think the blinds with their stripes added a bit of interest.


Corfe Castle


Landscape Watercolour of Corfe Castle, 15" x 11"

Corfe Castle, Dorset, and the subject of Steve Hall's Winter competition.  The brief was from a source photo of the castle on a calm overcast day, make the scene a bit more dramatic.  Any UK watercolour artists out there, please give Steve's competition a go.  It's fun and he picks really interesting subjects for the quarterly challenge.  For Steve Hall's newsletter and next competition, click here.

Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs.


Portrait of an unknown youth


Portrait of an unknown youth, 11" x 15"

Well this is supposed to be a blog about watercolour landscapes but I recently succumbed to doing a portrait as a bit of a change. It must have been at least 30 years since I did my last watercolour portrait and it'll probably be many years before I attempt another.  One thing for sure, I find they take twice as long as a landscape, and always the temptation is to capture the likeness of the subject.

Saunders Waterford Rough Paper, 140 lbs.