For the first time my Moroccan paintings and a couple of my sketchbooks have been shown together. There were six other artists also in the room, all with very different media and styles.
None of the work was for sale but more there to gather feedback and work out whats involved in exhibiting work. I enjoyed the experience and had some constructive conversations. In the end the overall view was that they liked my worked but really liked the sketchbooks. I need to think about how this works in the future.
Moroccan framed paintings
Paintings and Sketchbooks
Over the bank holiday I had some time in the evening to watch a coupe of watercolour videos.
I liked the Tom Wilmot instructions and I gave one a try on a trip to some stables in Surrey. They have an old dovecote in the grounds and I was able to spend 90 minutes sketching and painting.
I did spend more time drawing the buildings that the Tom instructions, as i wanted to get the dimensions correct. I’m using a modified technique with a compass. I measure the mark on my drawing with a compass and then hold it up to the same place on the building. Keeping my arms at the same distance I move to another part of the building and adjust the compass to the new dimension. This is now the exact size I need for my drawing. The compass lead allows me to mark the paper and if the same dimension is needed on another place I can use it again. Neat. And I think it works. I only do this a couple of times then I can work normally.
I went too busy with the sky, trying to emulate TW video, not the best. A great start! However, as this was a trial I pressed on. TW’s style is more impressionistic and is quite loose. I’ve added a horse and rider for interest. They makes a square with the dovecote and also the riders head flows into the tree above, which curves over towards the dovecote. It was midday when I painted which did not help with the shadows. Would have been nicer to have them longer and darker.
I need to think more about colours and get a balance in the picture.
A later drawing