Painting a landscape on coloured ground

Watercolour on paper 1_ 20 April 2015_ 21 x 29.7 cm

Watercolour exercises 28 (11)

Watercolour and gouache on paper 2_ 20 April 2015_ 21 x 29.7 cm

Watercolour exercises 28 (12)

Watercolour and gouache on paper 3_ 20 April 2015_ 21 x 29.7 cm

Watercolour exercises 28 (13)

Note: these were three studies done on location, showing bluebells that are just opening.

  • I think they show clearly how a different background can change the atmosphere of a painting. The second painting is probably more representative of a spring setting in the UK, whereas the third one seems to depict a much warmer climate
  • the blue background lent itself better to the actual view, I think; I did not have to add a sky as it was already there and the lime green of the leaves was made by just adding yellow which mixed with the background
  • putting sienna as a background made this more of a challenge; it did not really blend in with the trees and it made the blue of the bluebells fade. It does however make the picture immediately more vibrant
  • the gouache was vital to add some perspective to the paintings where it was used
  • being able to change the background is a useful tool in watercolour painting