I started a new sketchbook at the beginning of July. Most of the sketches so far have been drawn in ink and the watercolour was added after. The paper isn’t made for watercolour and I had to experiment with how to apply the paint so that it didn’t look like just a bunch of coloured blotches. I found that wetting the paper first and painting wet on wet worked best. However it was hard to get intense colour and the pages warped.
I painted the truck and trees first and then added the pen after.
I then covered some of the pages (one side only) with Golden Absorbent Ground (White). I used one of the pages to paint an impression of one of the views from my daily walk.
The paper handled the watercolour much better and didn’t warp.
I started the next one with pen and added watercolour after. Although I did spend a lot of time measuring, the proportions didn’t work out right, but I can try it again later.
I like the size and format of this sketchbook so I have covered several pages with Absorbent Ground in preparation for more watercolour sketches.
I have many photographs from my trip to Iguassu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian side. I’ve always wanted to do painting of the falls but felt it was too difficult. After a couple of false starts, I decided to go small and painted this 4 1/2 by 6 inch watercolour from one of the pictures.
In the summer I go to exercise classes at Barnet Park in Calabogie twice a week. It is a beautiful setting. I frequently arrive early and sketch until its time for the class. I always bring my camera.
These watercolours are from photos I took. They are the same view but one is taken with a wider angle.
The colours are a little more subdued on this watercolour compared to my usual paintings.