In this first exercise I was exploring Distance. I had no problem with the elements of perspective and felt confident in tackling the exercise.  Where I still had very little confidence was in the area of using pen and ink along with the watercolour.

I chose a familiar scene in the village, of a Lytch Gate and began with preparatory drawings. In my sketchbook I did 5 preparatory studies – 1. Pen and wash working with loose pen and ink marks, 2. Pen drawing then added the watercolour, using the local colour scheme, 3. Graphite pencil, then watercolour, 4. No drawing, just letting the colour dictate, 5. Pen and ink then colour.  I felt that the images were getting freer all the time, helped on by the fact that the image was well and truly in my memory.  All the time I was questioning why I was drawn to use certain colours.

The Lytch Gate

The Lytch Gate



About pbfarrar

I am an Australian living permanently in England. I have recently retired from the position of Principal of an independent school and have taken up the study of Fine Art with the OCA.
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