Spain

Carrer Major Tarragona Spain 2

Carrer Major Tarragona Spain

Tarragona, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Carrer Major - going for contrasts with the blind and figures against a dark background.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


Ronda - Flat Brush

One inch flat brush ronda

Ronda, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Painted with a one inch goat hair flat brush.  Quite useful when getting the effects of foliage.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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This painting is for sale. Please contact Tim Wilmot for details.


West from Ronda

West of Ronda

Ronda, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Looking West from the mountaintop town/city of Ronda in the province of Malaga.  Olive groves below, looking towards vineyards extending westwards. 

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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The beach at Gran Canaria - Candidate for a 2021 workshop subject?

Beach at Gran Canaria - Candidate for a 2021 workshop

Gran Canaria, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Another beach painting from Gran Canaria - Playa de Las Canteras in Las Palmas.  Could be a good subject for 1) Composition  2) Creating mood in the sky  3) Getting light into your watercolour.  What do you think?

Next workshop is here.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Fishing Port Tarragona Spain

Fishing Port Tarragona Spain

Tarragona, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Quite a busy fishing port on the day of my visit and a fairly overcast, yet bright day, offering some light and dark in the scene.  Having the correct brush is important for wave shapes.  For me, a soft quill mop helps create that elliptical shape and soft so it does not disturb any paint below.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Charco de Sans Gines 2

Charco de sans gines 2

Lanzarote, Spain, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

The tidal 'lake' in Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote.  I have painted this lake a few times and the big challenge is the background.  Some off-white buildings, but with an overcast sky, they are the same value as the sky.  So my solution is to be very gentle with the details in the background, get in some cream colours of the buildings and take a bit into the sky.  Then I paint in a few details on the buildings, but nothing too dark.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Puerto del Rosario Las Palmas Spain 2

Puerto del Rosario Las Palmas Spain

Puerto del Rosario Las Palmas Spain, watercolour, 15" x 11"

My process for creating convincing harbour scene - first observe the scene.  Water conditions can change rapidly and if painting plein air, you have to have a little bit of a photographic memory. I generally start of with a graded wash for the water, start fairly light in the background and come darker towards the foreground. While the wash is still wet, I will add in some darker softer waves with a mop brush mainly in the foreground. Then as the wash is dry, adding harder edged reflections of the boats and masts.