I’ve edged up to this one. I am surprised how daunted I still am about painting “in a book”. I remember being very taken with a painting journal a friend of mine would do during every holiday, her text and her illustrations. Even lines of washing have a different resonance when waving in an Italian breeze. I loved the idea but never attempted it myself.
Something structural, then – it’s always easier with straight lines defining areas. I have a rather pleasing photo on an arch leading into a little paved part of my garden. It has a classic shape, with simple bushy mounds around and a flat lawn in front. A few sketched lines gave me a map of the design and I started tentatively with watercolour pencils. The plan seems to have worked since I got something down and am not staring at a blank page.
I began with the terracotta pot in the foreground. That worked so I was encouraged to grow the painting from there, gradually rising through the bushes to the woodwork itself. The old oak beyond the fence shows signs of being successful. Colours and tones are limited, but will blend later when/if I add brushwork. I’m not thrilled with the greenery so I hope I can rescue it with a brush!