A Windmill In France

A Windmill In France

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.

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  1. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    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!

    • Author

      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. 😉

      • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

        Being married to a climatologist, I heartily agree! There should be a Cumulus Day (like Grandparents Day). 😀

        • Author

          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

          • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

            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!

          • Author

            Ahh Teresa, you already know me well! I have to agree! And thanks so much for saying that. You can tease me anytime! 😉

          • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

            😀 And likewise!

  2. kirkistan 7 years ago

    I like everything about this.Spectacular sky. And the windmill is such a unique object. I love it!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Kirk!! I have to admit, I rather liked this sky too! I wish I could remember what I did…😊

      • kirkistan 7 years ago

        I was going to ask about those clouds–how you did them. I always struggle there. If you remember, tell us!

        • Author

          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

  3. kungfunaomi 7 years ago

    So…pretty…can’t stop looking….
    Great job!!

  4. S. A. Smith, Author 7 years ago

    You are so talented.

  5. Snehal Kank 7 years ago

    I just love this clouds 🙂

  6. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    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. 😀

    • Author

      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! 😉

  7. amaryllislog 7 years ago

    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!

  8. weisserwatercolours 7 years ago

    …it is a very handsomely done piece charlie

  9. Well done, love the sky Charlie!!

  10. ann christina 7 years ago

    I also love the sky, it´s beautiful!!! The rest is wonderful too, of course! 😊

    • Author

      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 😉😃

      • ann christina 7 years ago

        I know what you mean. That´s why I take pictures of them as a wip – in case I ruin them afterwards… 😉

  11. Jacob 7 years ago

    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!

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks Jacob! I appreciate that! And you should try watercolor again! 😃Then I can post your watercolor comeback as a guest doodlewash! 😉

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        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!

  12. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Wow! You considered this windmill painting to be uncomplicated? It’s fabulous!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 There were just less elements in it. Back in those days I picked the busiest scenes possible! lol

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