I’ve let things slip of late, so here’s an update. Despondency and insecurity have crept in; I had a string of failures of late and consequently decided to try my hand at oils, just for a break. Oil painting certainly has it’s own challenges, but it’s good to be able to add the highlights at the end of a painting, rather than having to plan them at the beginning. I’m really having fun with this (I’ll post some work in due course) and recommend it to anyone who has reached a “block” with watercolours.
I did, however, manage to complete this watercolour commission before it all fell apart completely. Took 3 attempts though. I deliberately chose a difficult view; although it’s a portrait of the house, the scene was dominated by the copper beech tree, the colour of which matched the brickwork exactly. I liked the idea of not knowing where the foliage ends and the house begins.
I previously mentioned planning the highlights; I really don’t like doing it – my method is generally much more spontaneous and I don’t plan much beforehand. And I loathe masking fluid. So I cheat. Those little spots of bright blue are body colour – blue mixed with white – which were added at the end of the process.
Purists will now be switching off in droves, but for me it’s all just a means to an end. Whatever works is good enough.