29 December 2012

Getting back to my watercolours

Have been busy finishing off work for class and now it is time for me to play for me. I have been itching to get back to playing with my watercolours again. Sometimes it is good to have a break from a particular medium so you come back fresh and with renew enthusiasm. I am wanting to try some different techniques. I have been watching some tutorials and am wanting to put some of those ideas into practice as well.
There is a wealth of online material and videos on so many mediums and subjects. Putting aside some time to read and watch them is always worthwhile. But remember to take it that one step further and actually try to put into practice at least one thing you have learnt so you really grasp an understanding of it. It is the doing that makes the difference I have found.

I am trying to get richer colours with my watercolour sketches and using more wet in wet. These cherries from Christmas lunch were great to experiment with. I'm very happy with the result.










This is a gum tree I can see from my window and decided to have a go at. Trying to get a variety of rich greens. For some unknown reason I decided to spray the painting while still wet, hence the bleeding from the edges. I don't think I'll try that again.













I read through a couple of tutorials on painting cats and fur in a loose wet in wet style. The first attempt was not very successful but much happier with the second.

Then decided to add some fur detail, yes I can't resist adding detail. I like the combo of both.
 


A few more sketches... the colours are coming through well I think.