This is one of the things I enjoy about watercolour. Just doodling, really, but they express movement and energy in the painted and in the painter!
So, we have a pretty cross ostrich, the penetrating stare, the tightly closed mouth (beak), looking altogether mean. Such a dramatic face to paint, such a lot said in a small space.
Then, I have always been enchanted by Hazel Soan’s oranges, so this is my homage to Hazel, very derivative but great fun to do on a wet afternoon to get the painting juices going. I love the bright orange and the free brush strokes.
Now how about these two fellows racing down the railway platform? Wet-in-wet can work wonderfully well in these circumstances. The paint runs seem to enhance the hurry, everything incomplete suggesting no time to finish. You can tell it’s a railway platform because of the chap in the back with a peaked cap on! Little things mean a lot.
This little lad is wandering down the lanes of yesteryear, the pale tones, the misty background, the bright sunshine all conspiring to make an very Twenty First century young man reprise his Greatgrandad – such simple things creating atmosphere.
Flowers – this is more of a study than a sketch – have been a blind spot for me for years. In all my years of painting I have achieve only two paintings of flowers that satisfied me despite numerous attempts in various media. Then Hazel Soan rode in to the rescue again! (I think you can tell I’m a fan of hers!). She suggested that flowers have a basic shape, saucer, cone, plate, bell, etc., and that form can be expressed three dimensionally. Paint that form first before you think of petals or stamens and your flowers come alive on the page. Then you can have the fun of all the detail. Brilliant! And, dear reader, it works. The sea holly had the white sparkles scratched in afterwards, adding a physical 3D effect, and just painting background where the white flowers needed to be defined keeps the whole thing airy. The vase was painted last of all in a few sweeping strokes.