Saturday, 17 January 2015

Oyster Catchers in Watercolour – Developing an Idea

Combining two favourite pastimes is a joy I am lucky to be able to do.  Bird watching is one and the other is playing with puddles of water and pigment on paper.  Both of which helped me develop the idea for my whimsical oyster catcher painting recently. 

Oyster Catcher Trio - SOLD
© Laura Moore

Oyster Catcher
Watercolour Sketch
© Laura Moore

On location I take lots of photographs for future reference and paintings.  

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Sacre Coeur at Night and in Watercolour

A ‘night scene’ was the theme at Art Group today.  I chose to tackle a scene I had photographed in 2011 from my trip to Paris.  I do not take many night time photos so my reference stock is quite low on this theme.

Like normal, I decided to tackle this in my loose impressionistic fashion.  I even kept the drawing loose.  The sky was particularly fun with loads of water and pigment dropped onto hot pressed paper to create some fabulous back runs and splodges. 

Sacre Coeur at Night

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Emotional Commitment to a Painting

Spontaneity and emotional impulse play an important part in the subjects I choose to tackle.  For this reason I have learnt to listen to my artistic whims as I sail through life.  Who I am as a person and as a watercolourist needs the emotional commitment to a subject before I even consider tackling it. 


This tiny painting is an example where I follow my artistic whim.  Hubby and I were Christmas shopping and we popped into a cafe for a coffee.  In the corner was this little sad old lady sitting on her own, oblivious to the world around her.  Her woolly hat grabbed my attention first as she reminded me of my dear old mum.  Then I noticed her over sized coat.  Something I felt was like armour shielding her from the harshness of life.  

Perhaps my lady ended up with a content look on her face.  Sadly that was not the look the original lady had.  I wish I could erase people’s problems from their lives with a stroke of a brush.  That is the prerogative of an artist: to alter what life actually is like. 

Happy, Healthy, or at least contented 2015 to all.