It was good to be going into this final phase of the Watercolour Course feeling confident about washes. I hadn’t appreciated to begin with how important this skill is for success in this medium.


Because so much depends on getting the tones right, I began as always with my pencil and spent some time with the image really analysing it and getting to know it.  I enjoy this step as it allows me into the subject without any stress – I can just roam around with the pencil, finding its structure, simplifying the image, identifying the darks and seeing what it has to say.  This was a particularly important subject for me as I had attempted to paint a flower study at the beginning of the course and found it utterly impossible.  Would that be the case now after all the work on washes?  I also wanted to spend time on the detail because I wanted the painting to be very loose and free and so felt I needed to understand the subject before loosening up.

image The exercise asked for the image to be painted on a warm ground. I used predominantly magenta with touches of blues and greens as contrast.  Several of the flower heads were done by lifting the wash off the surface.  A quick lively pen and ink line helped to define the flower shapes.  I like the immediacy of this painting and I think that much of the warmth comes from  this aspect.









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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