Exploring one subject in various ways – paintings

Watercolour and Pen_ 25 April 2015_  29.7 x 42 cm

Watercolour exercises 29 (5)

Pen, Watercolour and Gouache_ 27 April 2015_ 29.7 x 42 cm

Watercolour exercises 29 (6)

Watercolour, Gouache and Charcoal_ 29 April 2015_ 29.7 x 42 cm

Watercolour exercises 29 (7)

Pen, Watercolour, Charcoal and Oil Pastel_ 2 May 2015_ 29.7 x 42 cm

Watercolour exercises 29 (8)

Painting the same image in different ways was a good way to find different colours and shapes in the images I was painting.

I had enjoyed using the wax resist techniques in the first part of the course and wanted to explore that further so chose oil pastels as an additional medium, together with some pigment liners and charcoal sticks which I already had. The latter I find really useful to give structure to the watercolour and charcoal I find adds instant drama. The oil pastels are wonderful to use as they give you the chance to work towards light again.

They are all mediums I would use again and I enjoyed doing all the paintings, especially the last one which brings out the colour of watercolour, the drama of charcoal and the three dimensionality of oil pastels.

Having said that, I was trying to get away from the figurative as we are supposed to be learning to paint abstract, but I have not succeeded in doing that on these occasions. Maybe later.