Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pymmes Brook.

Pymmes Brook. Watercolour 7 x 5 inches.

Whitewebbs. Watercolour 7 x 5 inches.


  1. WOw...these are stunningly beautiful!! you should exhibit... do you exhibit?! I'd love to see your work on walls!

  2. Hello John
    Hope you are well.
    Outstanding work as always.
    Proper watercolour!!!

  3. How can you pack so much in such small pieces?Your work is Awsome!

  4. Many thanks for your kind words Nina. I don't exhibit any longer it was too much hassle. My paintings are on walls all over the world I'm delighted to say.

    Thanks as always Trevor, good to hear from you.

    Thanks Arti. I do put a lot into the work even though they are small pieces. Small is beautiful. Good to hear from you again.

  5. I mean to ask John, how do you get your dense foreground darks? I'd like to get watercolour like that but when I try it mine are too transparent and not "inky" enough. I'm guessing you use tubes instead of pans?

  6. Hi Mark, yes I use the 14ml tubes of "Artist Quality" pigment. You can't really achieve the density by scratching around in those little half pans, especially if they are "Student Quality, eg Cotman". I have a nice large palette with wells that accomodate a 1 inch brush. I squeeze the pigment in, allow it to harden and use that. I suppose it's like using a half pan but four times as large. It's an economical way to use watercolour and you'll be able to achieve rich dark colours.

    Another thing I do is mix on the paper. Because you need to work fairly fast, it does mean "dirtying" the colours in the palette but because the pigment is firm it does no real harm and lends to the overall effect of colour harmony.

    That bit takes a little bit of getting used to if you like order and cleanliness but once you get used to working like that it's OK.

    I'll do a post of my tools and equipment soon to show what I use.


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