Queensland Sheep

Queensland sheep

Queensland, Sheep, 15" x 11".

Based on a photo sent by a subscriber, a hot dusty scene from the outback.  The middle ground needed a bit of thinking and planning.  The dust is there plus it affects the lower background as well.  So timing here was important in blending washes while still moist and then when everything was dry, I used some week white gouache and mixed it it (easy when the paper has a tough surface to it).


Saint Mark's Basilica - Too many pigeons

Saint Mark's Basilica

Venice, Italy, 15" x 11"

Based on an old black and white photo taken by a friend, this was a very quick sketch of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice.  Probably a challenge to paint with all those architectural details, domes and spires.  And then those pigeons - too many to paint them all, so I summarise by just doing a few - almost dabs of paint with a little twist and then a shadow below.  Hopefully gives the impression.  Also, for all those people, I drew them in first then the background.


Two Ramblers - Avebury Stones


Avebury, England, 15" x 11".

Avebury Village near Bath in the UK and a popular area for ramblers and tourists visiting this ancient site.  This is the largest stone of many here.  Not sure what it is called, but I think it is 40 tonnes in weight.  I was pleased with the composition on this one - with the large stone right, balanced by the two figures on the left.  The figures connected with the stone shadow and to the background.  As you can see, the foreground grass has some 'splattering' going on to give it a bit of texture of the meadowland here.



Avebury Stone Circle


Avebury, England, 22" x 15"

Avebury, and the prehistoric stone circle which runs around the edge of the village.  Unlike Stonehenge you can go up and touch the stones/boulders.  Sheep freely graze among the visitors.  This is a plein air done with a local painting group last autumn and I had the battle of fighting against the wind and the sun - both making drying times really fast.  I think the far hill, being a ploughed up field perhaps could have been less 'red'.  The earth really was that colour in my mind but it would do being a bit paler to push it back in the compostion.