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Calle Huerta Chica, Marbella, Spain

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Marbella, Spain, 15" x 11".

A back street in central Marbella.  I love including car park signs of course next to a car park, but to move the sign where it has a better feel in the composition, or here against a dark background.  You'll also see in the painting that my pencil marks still show - very evident on the skyline.  I am often asked whether I like to have these lines show.  Well I personally don't mind.  I think it adds to the freshness and loose style I follow.

 


Restaurant St Remy Sur Lidoire, Dordogne, France

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Dordogne, France, 15" x 11".

A road side restaurant on a busy main road in the Dordogne region of France.  I did tilt the angle on this one.  Not sure why, but I think it adds another dimension to the scene.  With the old buildings you need to give it that aged feel by washing in some darker tints while the first was is damp and maybe lift out bits like the surrounding of windows.  I lift out normally with a damp synthetic brush - not too damp so that there's no suction when the brush touches the paper!

 


Tim Wilmot watercolour master class in Madrid 15th and 16th October

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Come and join me for a two day watercolour 'master class' in Madrid over the weekend 15th and 16th October 2016.

Learn new techniques, improve your watercolour skills, meet fellow watercolour artists, all in the fantastic city of Madrid!  Maybe sample some great food and wine!

The course will include indoor and outdoor 'plein air' painting around the streets of the beautiful Malasana district.  You will need to bring your own materials and organise your own transport and accommodation. 

For more details and to register your interest or book, please contact www.aldaconlimon.es or email aldaconlimon@gmail.es 

 


Shady corner in the Placa Reial, Barcelona, Spain

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Placa Reial, Barcelona, 15" x 11"

A shady corner in this large square just off the Ramblas.  A very complex scene to paint with all the windows and architectural details plus figures.  A few conscious decisions - make one half warm and the shady side cool.  And then have figures connecting the foreground with the middle ground.  The preliminary drawing was very important to get right before starting painting to make sure I know were all the main components would be.

 


Promenade walk, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura

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Promenade walk, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, 15" x 11".

The promenade walk towards the port area.  I thought this made an interesting subject with all those curves - the wall, its shadow, the palm trees with curved fronds and their shadows.  I was tempted to use a large dry brush stroke for the nearest palm tree frond, but detail took over me and I decided to paint every leaf with a small thin brush.  Next time I'll go for a more loose approach.  I managed to get 'fat man' and his dog into the composition.

 


Two Motorboats, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura

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Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, 15" x 11".

A tricky painting from the view of getting the perspective right, looking down on the boats and the town/horizon in the background.  Those buildings in the background were given a fairly loose approach - not concentrating on all the architectural details and painting every window!  Boat defenders are another tricky challenge.  Leave them out and somehow the boat does not look realistic.  A little bit of white gouache applied with a rigger brush was used for ropes and railings as a last stage.

 


Four boats at low tide, Porthleven Harbour, Cornwall

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Porthleven, Cornwall, 15" x 11".

Quite a simple composition of four small boats at low tide in the Cornish town of Porthleven.  Not sure why I went for four, it might have been better to go for 3 or 5.  Anyway they're all different and at slightly different angles to make them a bit more interesting.  Quite a few later details were added like ropes and ladders with first some white gouache with a rigger brush and then some shadows behind them with the same brush.

 


Three Fishing Boats, Newquay Harbour, Cornwall

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Newquay, England, 15" x 11".

Plenty of negative areas in this one (light against dark) which the area lends itself well to - the light sky, dark cliffs, light roof tops, building shadows, then the light beach, dark shore line, light of the boats and finally the darker see and reflections.  All a good combination for watercolour.  I always enjoy doing boat reflections - a fairly random approach using the side of a medium mop brush with a very good point and starting at the waterline, moving down in angular strokes and more pronounced at the end.

 


Tables waiting, San Antonio, Ibiza

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San Antonio, Ibiza, 15" x 11"

Not a normal subject for me - close ups of restaurants or cafes.  And especially difficult with tables and chairs.  Perhaps square/rectangular tables are a bit more difficult to get right than circular ones!  I have added a waiter emerging from the shadows just to balance the composition on that side.  And a very loose approach to the background - a couple of figures, trees and an apartment block all given just very basic detailing.