Watercolours

Watercolour painting can be extremely rewarding but infuriatingly difficult. As opposed to oil painting, your final image takes shape in a frighteningly short time and your control over the final image is limited to your skill and control of the medium. Even then, you can never be sure of the outcome which is the beauty of the medium. You can paint the same subject a number of times, as I have here in these studies of the Curtis Island Lighthouse off of Camden, Maine, and the resulting images will all leave their own individual impressions.

Watercolour painting of Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden Maine, USA.
Watercolour painting of Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden Maine, USA.
Watercolour painting of Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden Maine, USA.
Watercolour painting of sunsetting behind St Mary's Church, Maldon, Essex from the promenade.

Watercolour of a house on the beach in Struisbaai, Western Cape.

My process prior to starting an oil painting is to get to learn the subject through sketches in watercolour, either in monochrome or colour. Invariably both. Here are some of my small sketch studies from that process for some of the oils in the gallery.

Monochrome watercolour sketch of a Falmouth Harbor working boat leaving Polruan Harbour, Cornwall.
Watercolour sketch of a Falmouth Harbor working boat leaving Polruan Harbour, Cornwall.
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Watercolour sketch of fishermen walking along a foggy beach near Cape Town, Western Cape.
Monochrome sketch of a stormy sky over Table Mountain, Cape Town from Sunset Beach.
 Watercolour sketch of a stormy sky over Table Mountain, Cape Town from Sunset Beach.
Watercolour sketch of a wooden boat wreck buried in the sand on the beach in Struisbaai, Western Cape.

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Watercolour sketch of a wooden boat wreck buried in the sand on the beach in Struisbaai, Western Cape.

 

Watercolour sketch of seagulls riding the wind over Sunset Beach with dark clouds over Table Mountain, Cape Town, in the background.
Watercolour sketch of seagulls riding the wind over Sunset Beach with dark clouds over Table Mountain, Cape Town, in the background.
Watercolour sketch of a person and their dog hiking up to the top of Cameron Mountain, Maine, in the winter.
Watercolour sketch of schooner Surprise sailing past Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden, Maine with stormy skies over North Haven in the background.

Watercolour sketch of sun umbrellas and deck chairs on a beach with stormy skies in the background.
Pen and Ink and watercolour of a view of houses and canal in St Francis Bay, Western Cape.

'St Francis Canal'
2019 Pen & Ink with Watercolour, 400mm x 200mm

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