Category Archives: 3.1 Where to look and how to select

Sketches from different viewpoints (cont.)

Watercolour exercises 16 (9)

Returned to the same view as last week to finish that part of the exercises. The sunny view alternates fleetingly with the duller one, a bit like a TV switching channels between a comedy and a documentary, like muddy dogs and children, the perfect balm to misplaced self-importance.

Subject choices

Kenwood lake

Watercolour exercises 16 (9)

Yesterday a kind gentleman’s query reminded me of Kenwood. Lots of lovely views here! Weather is changeable, managed to get this far, then rain.

After the rain glorious sunshine, hothousing all the autumn colours for a few magnificent seconds.

Kenwood Dairy

Watercolour exercises 16 (10)

The Rhododendrons were going to be my focus, but an opening in the hedge now expands the view to the recently refurbished Dairy behind the Rhododendrons and Barbara Hepworth’s Monolith.

The idea is to arrive without preconceived ideas and that is difficult to do in a place that is so familiar. I will try again when the weather settles a bit.

Sketches from different viewpoints

Watercolour exercises 16 (4) and same.. Watercolour exercises 16 (5)

turned 90 degrees Watercolour exercises 16 (6)

another 90 degrees Watercolour exercises 16 (7)

and final 90 degrees Watercolour exercises 16 (8)

This was first ever outdoor painting for me. Took a bit of preparation, cut the large 30″x22″ watercolour NOT 140lb paper into 9 slightly larger than A5 pieces for ease of transportation and use, a folder to work on. Sat on a blanket on the ground. Lots of other people stopped and took photographs of the area, a few stopped to chat and all dogs that jumped into the water were happily well behaved. It did get a bit chilly (n.b. bring hot drink in future) so did not do the last return view of the original picture, yet.  Changing light conditions made for interesting choices, and not too much of a problem with these very short sessions, none more than half an hour.

Inside and outside

As the title suggests these are two views of the same place, one from indoors and one from outdoors. We are asked to make a quick sketch, no more than one hour. It is October, and the Liquidambar styraciflua is a riot of red, and the little Amelanchier lamarkii is starting to turn gorgeous shades of orange. Everything else is still quite green.

Watercolour exercises 16 (1)   Watercolour exercises 16 (3)

The first sketch took longer than expected. There is too much to look at… I guess that is why this part of the course is called ‘where to look and how to select’! The second took longer than an hour too and feels unfinished, but I did not want to spend more time on it for now. I prefer working on paintings that I have been able to prepare.