At the moment I am interested in exploring different
papers other than the conventional ones used with watercolour. This paper is a slightly tinted cartridge
paper and quite absorbent. J M W Turner
liked using tinted paper for some of his sketches. I am also exploring a looser, more illustrative
style with my pen and wash.
Urban sketching in Little Venice was interesting
with lots of canal boats, bridges, buildings, greenery and people. For my first sketch yesterday I chose a
particularly busy and difficult townscape with bridge, buildings and water in
it. As you can see I have nothing to
show for it. After lunch we found the
church above which was more in my comfort zone for plein air sketching. The
big lesson I learnt yesterday was to pick my plein air sketching scenes much
more wisely in future and not to over stretch myself with over complicated scenes during plein air sessions.
“To laugh is human but to moo is
bovine.” ~ Unknown Author
The Whimsy of Five Cows
Hot Pressed paper is my favourite
surface to use with watercolour. The
pigment glides effortlessly across the paper and produces wonderful blooms and
blends quite easily compared to a Not or Rough paper. Though please remember HP is a fast paper and
I do not recommend it for watercolour beginners.
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Cow studies on scrap Rough and Not watercolour paper
car journeys around the UK it is always fascinating watching the cow breeds
change as the miles flash past. Belted
cows generally means we have reached the north near Cumbria. Highland cattle in large numbers means we
have reached the top end of Scotland or the Scottish isles. The lovely black and white cows are mainly seen
where hubby and I live in the south and surrounding counties. Geography and the different types of breeds go
hand and hand.
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My cow studies took me down the route of individual differences between one cow and
another within the same breed this week. Just like
people, animals have individual characteristics and personalities.
This is a sketch I produced
at Wrest Park in true urban sketching style; meaning completely finished in one
sitting on location.
Urban sketch of The Pavilion in pen and wash
A sunny day last week
encouraged hubby and I to visit Wrest Park in Bedfordshire for the first time. We both found it to be a really interesting
and lovely English Heritage stately home.
Undoubtedly we will visit it again in future. I like their idea of spending a Sunday
afternoon listening to music in their grounds with a picnic. Of course fitting in an urban sketch or two
would make that my idea of heaven. Though
I am fully aware that some summer urban sketching sessions have their
This session found me
blissfully painting away sitting in the sun on my picnic blanket until I was rudely
interrupted by tiny black flying monsters.
I lasted until I got to final pen stage.
At that point I had had enough and decided to pack up camp and move further
round onto a bench to finish off. People
disturbing my sketching sessions I can cope with as I am quite happy to talk to
anyone about my art or anything else for that matter. Being interrupted by flying visitors is a
totally different problem all together
Whilst all this battling with
black flying things was going on, Hubby had gone to explore The Pavilion on the inside. I joined him there later when I had finished sketching
Interior of The Pavilion
The design of The Pavilion interior
was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. I
noticed this straight away as I walked in the door. It may be a lot smaller in size but it is
still very impressive to see.
Main building at Wrest Park
View of the long half mile
garden from the main building terrace
with The Pavilion at the very far end.
Wrest Park for us was an
extremely enjoyable day. I wonder if
that was also helped by afternoon tea and cake.
Always a favourite of mine especially when it comes in a tea pot with an
additional pot of hot water.