Decided to try something a little less complex for today’s doodlewash and so I randomly chose some windmill in France. I sketched this yesterday for #DrawingAugust and decided to doodlewash it today as it really wanted a sky. I know, it told me. Don’t your sketches talk to you? Anyway… moving on…
This is the second time I’ve doodlewashed something on Arches paper (broke it in with a Cockapoo). I’ve heard many watercolorists talk about it, and so I wanted to give it a try. They’re right… it’s far superior. What they don’t often mention is that it’s also far pricier! It’s often double or more the price of other watercolor papers. One way around it, was to buy a large 10×14″ pad of paper and cut it down into smaller sheets. You can get four 5×7″ pieces of paper out of a single sheet which helps bring the per doodlewash cost down considerably. ($0.40/d vs. $1.60/d)
For this little doodlewash, I tried to go a bit looser and faster in the sketch and not fuss too much over the colors when it came time to splash some on. I’m using my professional Winsor & Newton colors, and only have a few, but it was just what I needed for this scene (Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Naples Yellow, French Ultramarine Blue (with a bit of Cobalt Turquoise added to the sky), and Sap Green). The color is so much richer it’s hard to go back to my other colors.
I don’t know the story for this little windmill or the even know the town it overlooks, but it looks like a wonderful place. I would imagine climbing up to this very spot to spend an afternoon sketching. No people this time, as there’s nobody else here. Just me, a sketchbook, and nothing but time.