The view is loosely based on Kenwood Lake seen from the Dairy with Henry Moore’s “Two piece reclining figure number 5”.

Assignment 4 sky Assignment 4 composite photo Assignment 4 left Assignment 4 right

The photos


 Assignment 4 (2)

Preparatory sketches


Assignment 4 (3) Assignment 4 (4)

Starting the painting


Assignment 4


15″ X 22″ 140lb NOT Saunders Waterford watercolour paper. 2H pencil. Winsor & Newton watercolour sticks. Sable brushes, hobby brush, masking fluid.

In this part of the course I have learned to look at the separate features that form a landscape painting. The works of Turner are never far from my mind, especially having seen the recent exhibition and the film about his later years. In trying to tackle the issue of how to take all the painting paraphernalia outdoors, I chanced upon both watecolour markers and watercolour sticks. The set of sticks I got initially seem to lend themselves very well to the Turneresque colours.

The course asked us to research not just the old masters but also some contemporary watercolour painters and I found some really interesting painters in the winter issue of The Art of Watercolour magazine. In particular Huang Hsiao-Hui, Barbara Nechis, Elaine Daily-Birnbaum and Tan Suz Chiang. It was an inspiration to see how these modern painters put together all the various features that form a landscape in their own very personal way.

I also found the work of Morten Solberg fascinating; I like the accuracy of his wildlife depictions contrasting with the looseness of the surroundings.

He mentions that it is important to welcome accidents, happy ones, I imagine. When I did the quick sketch of the lake to decide on colours, the area on the right stayed light, and made the lake look a lot bigger. I liked that effect and decided to keep it in the painting rather than follow what was actually there.

This was an adventure in painting for me and I hope to continue the exploration!