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Energy and Movement

Capturing a sense of energy and movement in painting is a constant source of pleasure for me, and watercolour is the perfect medium to bring a sense of spontaneity and life into my work.


Frame 1

To achieve a sense of energy and movement it’s important that I experience within myself the same feeling as the bird taking flight.

Being part of my subject rather than a separate entity brings an understanding that all of life is interconnected.

In this frame I have sketched out the goose using a black felt tip pen.


Frame 2

I then wet the area around the sketch (the negative space) and apply strong, juicy colour.     Note that I leave the goose as dry, white paper.


Frame 3

I then bring some of the background colour into the body of the bird, along with other colours.   Note that I am using very loose brush strokes, which emphasise the sense of energy and movement.


Frame 4

In the final frame it’s important to note that all the white areas are dry, white paper.


As it’s my 68th birthday, later today I will post some fun pictures from early childhood on:)

A bientot

The Flying goose.

I leave you this weekend with a flying goose.



From the book, ‘The Apple Exercise’

‘Given the fast pace of our lives today, and the fact that so many of us are plugged into technology of one kind or another, our collective sense are being deadened. 

Along with this comes a feeling of loss.    A loss that in many ways we are unable to identify. 

As we constantly try to fill the ever widening holes within us, with more and more frenetic activity and stuff, our frustration levels grow even more. 

Feeding our sense through the creative process, in all its many forms, can produce almost miraculous changes, which lead to a sense of well being and fulfilment.’


Next week, more tutorials and information about watercolour brushes and paper. 

Wishing everyone a beautiful and creative weekend.

A Bientôt