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.Recommended2 recommendationsPublished in By Charlie
40 thoughts on “A Windmill In France”
You did an incredible job with the sky! I just love those little cumulus clouds hovering by the windmill.
And, hooray! This one showed up in my Reader!
Thanks Teresa! And thank your saying cumulus! That was the intent! I have trouble making it look like those usually. Hehe… Also cumulus is just a great word really and we should all use it more. 😉
Being married to a climatologist, I heartily agree! There should be a Cumulus Day (like Grandparents Day). 😀
There probably is…seems to be a day for everything. Thought about sketching whatever the official day was as a theme for a year, but some of them are too silly for even me! Lol
Too silly for you? They must be pretty ridiculous, then! 😀
You put people really at ease; I’ve only “known” you for a week and already I’m teasing you!
Ahh Teresa, you already know me well! I have to agree! And thanks so much for saying that. You can tease me anytime! 😉
😀 And likewise!
I like everything about this.Spectacular sky. And the windmill is such a unique object. I love it!
Thanks so much Kirk!! I have to admit, I rather liked this sky too! I wish I could remember what I did…😊
I was going to ask about those clouds–how you did them. I always struggle there. If you remember, tell us!
Here’s what I do remember… I started with just a little wash of Naples yellow on the right and then wet the paper and took a Size 12 brush and started to dab in a mix of French Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Turquoise. I started at the top of the paper where the sky should be the darkest and moved quickly across leaving bits of white where the clouds might be. As I got lower toward the horizon the paint starting running lighter. I used a little bit of paper towel dabbing to pull up some of the paint. Then I went back in and added some darker bits and clear wet brushing to fix any hard lines that emerged as it was drying. Not sure if that makes sense or is helpful, but that’s what I remember happening!! Hehe
So…pretty…can’t stop looking….
Thanks so much, Naomi! I’m so happy you like it!! 🙂
You are so talented.
Thank you so much Sharon! (For making me blush! Hehe)
I just love this clouds 🙂
Aww thanks Snehal! I’ve been hoping my skies are getting better! 😊
I can see why your windmill wanted a sky, you are so talented at creating beautiful skies. Lovely painting. Oh, and when you imagine yourself alone, overlooking this charming landscape, I hope you also imagine along with the sketchbook, some french bread, cheese, and wine, essential aids for sketching….anywhere. 😀
Thanks so much Haunani! And you read my mind…I did imagine that. Well…the wine…great suggestion on adding the bread and cheese. Could get difficult to sketch after awhile with them! 😉
Ah, another beauty! The call of France, you are making want to jump on the next flight. I agree, your sky is spectacular! Your painting is a stunner!
Thanks so much Cathe!! You should definitely jump on the next flight to France! Be sure to save me a seat! Hehe 🙂
…it is a very handsomely done piece charlie
Thank you Lance! What a wonderful compliment! 🙂
Well done, love the sky Charlie!!
Thanks Laura! 🙂 Love doing skies…not usually any people in them! Lol
Nope, unless the clouds conjure up a likeness of someone lol.
True… barring sky divers it’s a pretty safe subject! Ohh…but I love skies full of fluffy clouds that look like something else. I usually only see animals though. Not sure what that says about me.
Lol me toooo I love skies. I’ve been known to get distracted biking, driving, even walking 😱
Walking is the least dangerous of those… best stick to that!! Lol
I also love the sky, it´s beautiful!!! The rest is wonderful too, of course! 😊
Thanks Ann! The sky was my favorite and I finished it first. I’m always extra worried then about screwing up the rest of it! Glad you like it all! Hehe 😉😃
I know what you mean. That´s why I take pictures of them as a wip – in case I ruin them afterwards… 😉
Hehe…me too! I also take before pictures. At least I then I have proof that it almost worked! 😊Lol
I don’t think anyone has remarked on the sky yet – I love it! 😉 I haven’t done watercolour for several years (!!!) but remember the sky bit being quite enjoyable (and the only bit I could do, hence the separation!)
Of course the windmill is marvellous. They’re always brilliant subjects, I find, especially when as quaint as this one. Great job once again!
Hehe…thanks Jacob! I appreciate that! And you should try watercolor again! 😃Then I can post your watercolor comeback as a guest doodlewash! 😉
It’s most certainly tempting, Charlie, when looking at all of the work here. Mm, p’rhaps I will! If you see no watercolour on my site ever, you’ll know it ended in despair!
It won’t! 😉 hehe…and yay! Can’t wait to see what you do Jacob!
Wow! You considered this windmill painting to be uncomplicated? It’s fabulous!
Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 There were just less elements in it. Back in those days I picked the busiest scenes possible! lol