Sunday, 23 January 2011


A recent purchase of mine was a 'Ready to Paint' book of Cezanne's pictures by Michael Sanders.  I was particularly drawn to the Vase of Tulips, so took advantage of the provided tracing but used the exercise as a way to practise my colour mixing, working from the large picture but without referring to the detailed instructions that were included. Also I was using watercolour paints not acrylics.
It was great fun to paint and I'm particularly pleased with how accurate the finished colours are.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Another Sunset

I seem to be focusing on sunsets at present, this is one painted whilst at my latest class.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

The finished pumpkin.

               It's been a real learning curve completing this picture but I have enjoyed doing it!
The longest task was loading the pictures onto the blog!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Developing the Pumpkin

I am unsure what to call this vegetable, at present I'm calling it a pumpkin but it could be called a Gourd!  Whatever you will see I decided on the pale background shade for the foreground, then used a darker shade for the shadow.
The second image has had richer shades of the orange and green applied.  Tomorrow I'll display the complete picture.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Pumpkin Stage Two

With the first part of the background painted in I am now undecided on colours to use for the foreground, also should they be darker than the background.  I'm considering using one of the blues, together with a dark green for the shadow area.  What do you think?

Friday, 7 January 2011

Autumn Show Unusual Pumpkin

First stage, which has turned out well but I'm wishing I'd put in the background colour first.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Rainham Horticultural Society Chrysanthemum Show 2011

 I couldn't resist taking pictures of these unusual vegetables
and plan to use them as subjects for my next watercolours.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Ark Royal again

'Emerging from the mist'.
            I have taken my friend Pat's advice and taken the picture of my 'Ark Royal' painting again. 
                           Thanks to Pat I have managed to keep much more of the colour now.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Ark Royal

Final three stages.

This picture has lost much of its colour in the photograph.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Ark Royal

Recently, the Daily Mail published a photo of the aircraft carrier 'Ark Royal' emerging from the mist, as she arrived back in port from her final voyage. These are the first stages of my painting from that photograph.

Stage 1

Stage 2