Egypt

Misty Morning River Tamar

Misty morning river tamar

River Tamar, UK, 15" x 11" Watercolor

Inspired by a bit of Claude Buckle, I attempted this misty scene on the River Tamar.  A limited palette and concentrating on values and the simple silhouette shape of the boats and their reflections.  Water reflections are best done with a mop brush with a good point/edge.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms

 


Yellow Taxi - Alexandria, Egypt

Yelloe taxi alexandria egypt

Alexandria, Egypt,Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A sort of scene revisited.  I had painted this same scene about 4 years ago. I offered it as a choice for a demo painting at a recent workshop, and it was selected for me to paint.  So a bit of deja vu.  This certainly was a looser rendition and the taxi was less bright in this one.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Alexandria 16 - A dusty street near the port

Alexandria 16

Alexandria, Egypt, 15" x 11"

A dusty street near the port of Alexandria.  Here I am trying to convey a feeling of a hot day,  a busy road, a bit of dust (which is probably unavoidable in this part of the world) and smoke.  There's a lovely mosque here with it's minarets towering above the street and the side of the dome catching the light.  A liberal amount of splattering has been used here and some lifting out of colour on the road surface.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms

 


Truck on a dusty road - Alexandria

Truck on dusty roads alexandria

Alexandria, Egypt, 15" x 11".

Done with my limited 3 colour palette - Cincerous Blue, Rose Red and Sennelier Yellow (plus a neutral tint for the darks).  I picked up an old photo of mine and tried to make a feature of this beat up truck.  With a bit of lifting out of paint and some splattering, I am trying to get a feeling of the dirt of the city centre in the height of summer, and a bit of movement.

 


Alexandria Street Market, Egypt, 15

Alexandria_street_egypt_15

Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 22" x 15".

A larger size painting of an Alexandrian Market, than my previous paintings.  Lots of earthy warm colours went into this one.  Steps 1) Sky.  2) Wash on buildings down to street, leaving out parasols, some figures and stall covers on the left.  3)  Details on buildings in really loose.  4)  Parasols and shop blinds and figures.  5)  Dark shadows running across the middle and main shadows on the right hand building.  6)  Details of power cables and parasol poles.

 


Road towards the Citadel, Alexandria

Alexandria_towards_citidel

Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11"

An anonymous building in Alexandria shortly before the citadel, and a liberal use of yellow ochre and deep shadows.  Stages for this painting were 1) sky wash, leading to 2) mid and foreground wash with a little cobalt blue towards the bottom.  3) After drying I start with the side gate and the shadows of the buildings.  4) Last are the figures painted in while the shadows were still wet.

 


Alexandria Street 14, Egypt

Alexandria_street_egypt_14

Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Another painting of Alexandria, a popular painting subject for me, and a market scene near the port area.  I think the stripes of the shop blinds and other opposing horizontal lines make this for me. If I attempted the scene again, I might loose the car on the left. I think it probably draws the eye too much over that side, or at least I could have made it less overworked.

 


26 July Avenue, Alexandria

Alexandria_bay_egypt

Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The Corniche (also known as 26 July Avenue) is the extremely bustling main road that runs along Alexandria’s coastline. Running along the Eastern Harbour it's one of the major corridors for traffic in Alexandria with cars, coaches, lorries and motorbikes sharing the roads with horse and carts.

 


Fishermen, Alexandria Egypt

Fishermen_alexandria_bay

Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

A study of some fishermen attending their nets or maybe discussing the day's campaign.  Close to the main harbour in Alexandria and towards the citadel there's many types of boats congregated together, maybe for the shelter here or maybe it's proximity to the markets nearby.  I tried to convey the heat here of the midday sun and the not so blue colour of the sky, which many times in Egypt has an ochre tinge to it maybe because of sands blown in from the South.

 


Alexandria Street 13, Egypt

Alexandria_street_egypt_13

Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Alexandria has to be one of my favourite subjects for watercolour - it's perfect for the medium with the light, the contrasts between light and dark, and perfect compositions with the typical street scenes.  I'll have to go back some time and take hundreds more reference photos cuz I'm running out.