Monday, 22 July 2013

Rosa Eden


Rose Eden Watercolour
Eden Rose

Just one of the roses in my garden called Eden. I love it because it has the most wonderful big fat buds all creamy white with pink edges. I've used a couple of colours I bought from the Daniel Smith range last week which are rather nice - Rhodonite Genuine and Green Apatite Genuine and the paper is Fabriano Artistico 140lb Rough.

I also discovered the solution to my stand up palette contraption with my dad's old braces! (I knew they'd come in handy one day). I kept them when he died in 1994. He was an artist too and was full of wild and wonderful ideas as you can imagine from this photo which he sent me as postcard in 1983. On the back he'd written, "There's life in the old dog yet!". For some reason he doesn't appear to have his teeth in! You can read about him here Hamersma UK


Saturday, 13 July 2013

Quick Sketches in The Heat

I ventured out yesterday in the lovely sunshine we've been having after altering the lid of a cardboard box to make a sort of tray to hold palette, water, brushes and rag...
I made a hole in the cardboard to hold the plastic cup of water. Then all I had to hand was some 2"wide lace elastic which I tied around me and the tray! If you remember when they used to sell ice creams in the cinema during the interval that's what I wanted it to be like so I'd have both hands free - one to paint with and one to hold a small piece of watercolour paper. Needless to say my husband looked on with a bemused look on his face. I think he's quite used my oddness now though.
It sort of worked but I had to keep tying more knots in the elastic! It would be ok sitting down with it on my lap - some slight modifications are needed I feel ;)
I'll do one of that rose in the studio I think and make a better job of it too.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Papaver Somniferum

This appeared this morning with all the sunshine. I'm not sure of the name apart from Papaver Somniferum as I didn't sow it this year certainly but I may have done last year. Fortunately it sowed itself!

Watercolour poppy
Papaver Somniferum

The paper here is Saunders Waterford 140lb Not. I'm going to try some heavier rough paper soon.


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Campanula Punctata 'Silver bells' (well sort of)

Campanula Punctata 'Silver bells'

I confess this is not in the ground yet. Very often they do hang around while I'm deciding where the best place would be to plant.

Now I just leapt into this with brush, paint, water and no plan. The stems and leaves went every which way and I was too impatient so it could have be much better if I'd thought a bit. I do like the colours though.

Rose Trials

These were just a few doodlings from my head. Those blobs at bottom left are a mixture of French Ultramarine (which I made up myself with the powdered pigment) and the lovely Quinacridone Gold. All those little petals in the middle I did with a rigger brush (small with long hairs used for boat rigging and good for tree branches) and then dropped in darker pigment for shadows in the centre. This was on the back of an old painting on Bockingford Rough 300lb. Notice I'm not bothered about leaves.

I'll be doing some roses as I have about 40 in my garden!