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11-02-2010, 06:55 AM


watercolour and coloured pencil 12x6 inches in watercolour book

The world has turned amber and gold here with the autumn - this started work as a splattering demo for my morning class and developed in the afternoon one (they'd had the demo the previous week, shown in the october book) to show how to move it on and work into it.

11-02-2010, 08:04 AM
oh, WOW, that is beautiful. I just love the water in front of the smattered trees and the little bullrushes at front and darker bushes around the trees. You do such beautiful work. Wish that I was in your class!

11-02-2010, 08:15 AM
Ohhh this is lovely! I do so miss having a beautiful, crisp, golden red autumn! Thank you for giving a smile. :)

11-02-2010, 12:00 PM
Wowzers!!! Ker-POW! What a start to the month :) :) :)

Joan T
11-02-2010, 03:11 PM
Gorgeous!!! Love the color and splattering (a great way to do foliage). Wonderful start!

11-02-2010, 07:27 PM
Excellent autumn landscape! Looking forward to more.

11-02-2010, 07:31 PM
Wow! Those autumn colors just blast off that page! Great texture as well! I assume you are using tube paints? I can't seem to get pans dry enough (ironically) and dense enough to create texture.


11-02-2010, 10:22 PM
Nice start Vivien - sure does have the wow factor ;)

11-02-2010, 10:35 PM
Really vivid, I'll add a POW and a WOW as well.

No autumn display like that here. I'd be jealous but I prefer the warmer latitudes!:D

11-03-2010, 01:02 AM
simply beautiful...love that splattering style :)

11-03-2010, 11:51 AM
Wow! Those autumn colors just blast off that page! Great texture as well! I assume you are using tube paints? I can't seem to get pans dry enough (ironically) and dense enough to create texture.


thanks everyone

no not tube paints but the St Petersburg White Knights pans (http://www.stpetersburgwatercolours.com/index.html). I love them for their richness. And for their price! I have tubes of W&N artists colours but tend to pick the White Nights up for their ease of use - and no waste.

The paint has no texture - as in raised areas - in itself. The illusion of texture is just done with the paint. The paper is very smooth hot pressed Somerset.

11-03-2010, 03:07 PM
Those are the Yarka ones?! I have a set of those. . . I experimented with them some but never really done a full painting with them. You do lovely work with them. WOW.

11-03-2010, 04:31 PM
Ah! Lovely colours and that splattering technique has a good effect - and it looks fun :D

11-03-2010, 04:34 PM
yes they are the ones - lovely rich colours that lift easily.

thanks everyone :)

I've been working on canvasses all day so had better catch up and get a couple of small pages done for this challenge.

11-03-2010, 10:54 PM
This is just wonderful!!! I'll add my "WOW" to everyone else's- that's the first word that popped into my head when the image came up. Beautiful!

11-03-2010, 11:25 PM
I'll add "stunning" to the WOWs already given.

11-06-2010, 01:32 AM
beautiful. Goregous colour and details. Love the mauvy colourwith the autumn tones.

11-07-2010, 05:49 PM
thanks :)


The reflections are a mess :( but this was sketched from the webcam (http://www.harbourhotel.co.uk/webcam.html)above the harbour at dusk. The light was going and the lamp reflected in the water and shapes were lost in shadow.

It wouldn't scan well - the actual thing has much more subtle overlays of colour, but the scanner picks up what's on top too strongly.

I lived near here as a child.

11-07-2010, 06:03 PM
Gosh, what a clever idea, vivien! This is lovely and atmospheric.

11-07-2010, 07:10 PM
I would never have thought to do a sketch from a web cam. What a wonderful idea. This picture is marvelous.

11-07-2010, 07:38 PM
very cool idea to sketch from a webcam. . . is this pen and watercolor? The water is lovely.

11-08-2010, 01:42 AM
thanks everyone :)

no, it's coloured pencil in a moleskine - a very limited range of colours (indigo, dark brown, turquoise, deep viridian, white, yellow and orange), which is why the scanner picks up on the top colour of mixes and doesn't pick up the subtle hazing of colours :(

I'd been working on canvas all day and thought I'd do a quick sketch.

This webcam is ok to draw from because it's a live streaming one and so you see the waves moving and the boats come and go - it's the closest thing to being there (it's 300 miles away :( )

11-11-2010, 09:06 AM
I'm slipping well behind due to other demands with this challenge

so ... here is a daytime shot from the webcam today - there is a high wind and the waves are rolling in and it shows just how well those old harbour walls work as the waves roll past and the harbour is fairlly calm


I wish I was down there

11-11-2010, 06:09 PM
Your watercolour's colours are really really gorgeous, I hope you find time to post more soon!

11-11-2010, 06:10 PM
Nice job on the harbor at dusk, Vivien! That is definitely a tough time to convey in a painting, but you have done that well here. Looks like an interesting place to paint for sure.

11-13-2010, 07:48 AM

a very very quick sketch of a student working

11-13-2010, 10:37 AM
I can see its quick, but the details are all there and its a great sketch to work from!

11-13-2010, 11:10 AM
Nice work on the quick sketch!

11-13-2010, 06:15 PM
The sketch, even if very quick, is amazing.