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Tel Aviv Street


Landscape Watercolour of Tel Aviv, 15" x 11"

A street near the sea front in Tel Aviv and I thought it made a good composition, looking down the road and through the natural arch of the large trees. With the light coming from behind I had to do my best with creating light and dark, and a bit of contrast, so brought some deep shadows on the right.


Piraeus Port, Athens, 2


Landscape Watercolour of Piraeus, 15" x 11"

The perimeter road around the busy port of Piraeus, and one of it's many gate entrances just on the left there.  The structures on the left (advertising boards, etc) and the time of day, through interesting shadows across the road and contrasted with the pedestrian crossing going out at a different angle. 


Antalya Harbour


Landscape Watercolour of Antalya, 15" x 11"

The busy harbour of Antalya dates back to Roman times, but now the sheltered port is home to yacht excursions and small fishing vessels.  The largest ships you find here are adorned to look like pirate ships with popular names like Barbarossa.  I decided to simplify the scene and take out these pirate themed ships and leave just a straight forward white fishing boat and a few people walking around the harbour's edge.


Lynmouth looking towards Exmoor


Landscape Watercolour of Lynmouth, 15" x 11"

A view of Lynmouth in North Devon, looking towards the Exmoor hills to the South.  My painting was based on a black and white 1930's photo I found, so I had to change some details around buildings, people etc.  Anyway the steps of this painting were, 1) sky and foreground wash, and then left to dry.  2) Far hills and then going darker for the middle ground hillside and doing some negative painting around the rooftops. 3) People and telegraph pole and 5) smoke rising from far building with some watered down gouache on dry paper.


Monastiraki Athens 2


Watercolour of Athens, 15" x 11"

My second attempt at the Monastiraki area of central Athens.  Well the Parthenon is up on the hill in the background, but making it appear on the top of the hill might have detracted from the focus of the old church I think.  Painting cars sideways on is a lot more difficult than painting them head-on - they can either look too stretched out with a wide wheel base or two dumpy.


Borough Market 2


Landscape Watercolour of Borough Market, 15" x 11"

My depiction of Borough Market based on a photo of mine and trying to capture a dark & wet January day.  This is one of the entrances to the market with the impressive classical frontage. Apart from the obvious wet in wet on the reflections in the road, I added a little chinese white to the grey tones of the building as an experiment.


Station Road, Yate


Landscape Watercolour of Yate, 15" x 11".

Station Road a main road running through my home town and an iconic Victorian Cottage next to the old Station Yard there.  This was a good practice of doing some wet in wet with the distant trees, made easier I think will better quality paper.  I have done this on cheaper paper, even cartridge paper, and the attempts are nearly always disastrous.  Saunders paper also tends to dry slower giving more time for this technique.