Another painting inspired by BBC TV Great Continental Railway Journeys. This time Michael Portillo was in Southern Spain and visited Ronda, Seville and Cordoba. This bridge in Ronda really made me want to paint it P1040754-Edit View
Thanks for that Sandra – the first one is particularly useful. I’ve also looked in one of my favourite books – by Wil Freeborn (How to Paint Watercolour with 50 small paintings) and he tends to draw the tile outlines in pencil – which makes a much less prominent than a pen. I think I’m going to do something like your first filter but in pencil a…[Read more]
Usually when I’m painting a roof of a house I can get quite a reasonable effect with a combination of dry -brush, varying colours on the paper and perhaps a bit of pen work. However, I’m in the process of painting an old house in Bruges, Belgium which has very interesting tiles which I would like to bring out properly, yet without overworking. H…[Read more]
Well, I ended up doing four paintings with William’s vintage papers and enjoyed using them. You have to work with them rather than just PAINTING – they are a little more absorbent, but the textures you end up with are very interesting – great for those who like granulation. I keep going back to my usual Saunders Waterford “Not” paper as well a…[Read more]
Like most watercolorists, I sometimes use a hairdryer to dry my paint while I’m waiting to start another area of the painting. I’m never quite happy with it though – it tends to be too fierce for my liking.
The other day I spotted this on ebay and sent off for it. Its got a reservoir of water and a misting spray and also a small fan. I’m re…[Read more]
Thanks for that Sandra. I seem to have settled into a particular palette of paints now and haven’t added any new ones for a year or so – unusual for me. Probably I have about a dozen which are my favorites. This has the benefit that I just buy the occasional single tube to top up my collection. Bad news for the paint manufacturers though who wo…[Read more]
Fascinating. I have some M Graham paints – my only problem with them is that the wonderful honey consistency means that they don’t set in the pan all that much and if the pans are in a box on its side for example I found that they ran out. I have a friend who demonstrates for Graham in the UK and he thinks they are the best paints of all due t…[Read more]
I have a perfectionist streak in me and when I make a small mistake in a paintings I find myself losing patience and then rapidly making other mistakes and then getting so discouraged, all I can do is scrap the painting and start again. Just today I picked up a piece of paper from my scrap pile which I use for colour testing and when I turned it…[Read more]
I have been painting for quite few years now and while I think all the major brands are excellent I find that each brand has one or two colours which stand out above the others. So, you need to mix and match a bit to get the best combination. I am certainly not loyal to any one brand but I have found that Winsor and Newton and Daniel Smith me…[Read more]
Great review Lisa – I love your Daniel Smith Mayan swatches – a work of art in itself. So useful to see the transparency too.
I love the mayan red colour. My go-to earth red is Winsor and Newton Light Red but I also have M Graham Terra Rosa – a very powerful colour I find but so useful. Also W&N Perylene Maroon and Indian Red. Its nice to h…[Read more]
Kate – when you think how much time and money the big companies put into sourcing pigments its bound to be difficult for smaller companies to keep up. When you think of all the industrial use of pigments, even the big artists paint companies find it difficult to compete against car manufactures, building companies and so on. The only way an i…[Read more]
What an interesting post – and article. I have never heard of these colours and at first glance I don’t think I would like to use them myself, being very much a lover of transparent and granulating colour (oops, sorry, I’m probably spelling color wrong for you good folk).
I have grown to love some of the colors in my pallette which is now a…[Read more]
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