Every time I start a painting there is always a stage where I question my process, the colours I use, the composition and a host of other thoughts. So I’m always looking to improve or just freshen up my paintings.
Richard Torn (a wonderful watercolour artist) has been a big influence for me but I’ve always struggled to work out his methods. So when a course demonstrating his process work came up I jumped at the chance to learn more.
I painted this scene, following closely his style and ideas. The artist said I’d done well. So I’m using this painting to inspire and inform my future work.
I used conte crayon to map out the shapes and shadows.
Blocks of colour and masking fluid provide structure. Giving depth and texture
The stream has now colours and the trees are taking shape. Keeping the colours sharp is key
The final painting. Masking fluid has been removed and darks have more colour in them
I’m now waiting for Spring to continue my journey, so that I can get out painting, find the spring colours, highlights and shadows.