Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Forty Hall Woods.

Phew! That was a close one. I woke up this morning and my fingers had turned to jelly. No matter how I tried, just couldn't make any meaningful strokes of colour on my paper. Something went wrong and I couldn't identify what it was. As the day progressed, I could feel my temperament slow down and I gradually got back into the zone. My fingers returned to normal, I felt creative once again and painted this picture.

Forty Hall Woods. Watercolour 7 x 5 inches.

Once again simplicity came to my rescue. I used just two brushes and put all my others out of reach so I couldn't get at them, plus, I thought of the work of  Edward Seago and how he may have tackled this scene.

In this painting I re-introduced New Gamboge into my pallette. I used to use a lot of raw sienna but when the manufacturer had problems where it used to get uncontrollably frothy I switched to quinacridone gold which is a good transparent colour but I find it doesn't mix well to produce a wide range of greens. Hence my trials with new gamboge again. Let's see how it goes.


  1. Hi John,
    Just happen to cross this blog and can't stop myself from looking into such beautiful watercolors! you are super talented Artist!It's a joy to see all your creative work! I have joined your blog !



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