Let the water be your guide

maandag 20 juni 2011

The little Church of Spaarnwoude

I often paint this church, cause it has a lovely silhouette and a nice light colour.
A few months ago, i made a walk in the area, and did visit this little church, not that I go in, but you can walk around it, cause it is build on sort of a hillside, you have always a good look on this picturesque building.

The sun was low, so I decided to make a Contre Jour picture, David Curtis tries always to paint against the sun, cause his paintings, become more interesting that way he says!
Well if you know who David is, he is certainly right!
So this is my photo I took that day, its early in the year, so a low sun!


After a few preliminary sketches I decided to paint a misty scene, a first wash of Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna. Then a second wash for the church, same colours, plus a small amount of Light Red and Raw Sienna.
For the green I took Cobalt Turquoise, and Yellow Ochre, cause they are opaque colours, and would give me a bright green on this grey background.
The dark tree on the left is Neutral tint Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber, same as the fence!
I added a puddle and the fence reflections, and a figure with umbrella.
When dry i pre wetted the area’s I want reflections in, and made them!
Still wet I splattered some Turquoise in and Cadmium red dots!
With a razorblade I made the wire on the fence, and finally I made a few crows on the right!

donderdag 16 juni 2011

Staithes in Fog

I did receive a bunch of wonderful pictures from my scottish friend Robert Graham.
He did spend a short holiday in this fishing village Staithes were so many artist have been!
David Curtis can fill a new book with his Staithes paintings alone!
If I think on England it is misty, and a bit wet, but to make that from a reasonable sunny picture, your imagination have to make alterations in what is really there!
Always the hard part in painting that is!

First wash and simple drawing!
Two colours Raw Sienna and Ultramarine Blue (Daler Rowney)
The blue bits are Schmincke masking fluid!
Comes in sort of a drawing pencil. >>look for it here if you like!


Second wash, same colours, only a bit stronger!

Finishing the painting, a sponge here and there!
Before the third wash I removed all masking fluid!


Some bits of the masking fluid are a pain in the ***
But some are on the right spot!

Soft light over the waterways

Qrt sheet Millford 300 grams cp #stcmill #Millford #saunderswaterford #dalerrowney