Warm up landscape –

This is the perfect time of the year to PLAY with paints….

Using a photograph as my ‘jumping off’ point, I used this spontaneous watercolour/gouache exercise to warm up before my day’s painting.

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Working on white watercolour paper, I wet the area above the horizon line, and then add juicy tube paint.    Note I am using a mix of watercolour and gouache.    Don’t worry about colours…allow yourself to play…this is all about warming up.

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Leaving some dry white paper between the sky and horizon line,  I then add colour to the area beneath the horizon line.

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I now add a much darker pigment on the horizon line.

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After allowing the horizon line to dry, I then add Winsor & Newton designer Gouache Permanent White into the sky….allowing the paint to bleed (run).

At the same time, I darken areas to achieve more drama.    Remember this is playful exercise and any photograph is simply a ‘jumping off point’ rather than something to copy.   I have added some lighter blue – again to achieve drama and contrast. 

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I now add naples yellow designer gouache into the sky to balance the naples yellow in the foreground.    The sky reflects directly upon the land.   Everything is interconnected. 

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In the final frame, I lighten the sky area next to the horizon line, and add some details which indicate fields, and grasses.

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Remember that working over old sketches, and keeping sketch books are both valuable ways to warm up and hone observational skills. 

And of course we do need a magical hummingbird for this very cold February morning.   A sign of things to come in the not too distant future.

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A Bientôt.

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