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Old 02-22-2013, 07:26 AM
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Watercolour sketchbook

I have a number of sketchbooks of different sizes, but my favourite is a small Moleskine watercolour sketchbook - the medium size (8" by 5") in landscape format. Small enough to carry but with enough space to make a picture. I thought I'd share some of the sketches from it. I use a limited palette of Daniel Smith watercolours.

The first is a couple of gum leaves I picked up in the Snowy Mountains, Australia, in 2010. I often paint these leaves. They change colours, get eaten by insects and become wonderful interesting challenges for watercolour.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:30 AM
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The next was painted the same winter. Most people were out skiing and I had a day to myself with this little specimen for company. An open fire, a little paintbrush and a few colours. Pleasant memories.
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Re: Watercolour sketchbook

This is a little study of a rose I found in the Blue Mountains. I have painted a lot of single roses. I love the fussiness of the leaves and petals, and the changes of colour in the stem.
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Re: Watercolour sketchbook

These 3 were done this week while away on a delightful trip up in the Hunter Valley wine area of New South Wales. I visited a vineyard where the owner had built many beautiful gardens and we spent a few hours sketching there. The rose was in a fragrant rose garden, the jacaranda seedcase was on the ground, and the quince was growing on one of the many fruit trees.
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Lovely! Thanks for posting!

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Oh, thank you for sharing some of your treasures with us. These are really lovely. I think your leaves and the roses are my favorites...or that seedcase.
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Awesome little paintings. What do you use in your limited palette?
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Re: Watercolour sketchbook

My limited palette is made up of
Buff Titanium
Hansa Yellow Medium
Quinacridone Gold
Transparent Pyrrol Orange
Quinacridone Violet or Quin magenta
Ultramarine
Cerulean
Jadeite (rather than phthalo green or viridian)
Green Apatite Genuine (or sometimes Undersea Green - I switch between the two - instead of sap green)
Goethite
Burnt Sienna
Bistre (premixed burnt sienna and ultramarine to make a deep slightly blue-grey)
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A couple more done with bistre, goethite and burnt sienna. Some studies on holiday at Vanuatu.
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Re: Watercolour sketchbook

This was a sketch that was the basis of a couple of full sheet paintings that I have posted elsewhere on this website - under 'Boyd's Rock Quartet III'. It was so peaceful sitting on the beach painting these rocks, that were painted by one of Australia's favourite artists, Arthur Boyd, many, many times. The water, where it met the sand I was sitting on, was gold. Gorgeous.
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This was closer to home - a little plein air excursion at a local bay. I love the texture of rocks. And can't resist interesting leaves...
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What stunning paintings. I'm inspired to try harder with watercolor.
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What wonderful pages! They are all so beautiful!
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You are indeed an inspiration. I love your little treasures that you have painted, the imperfect leaves, the stones and shells. I look forward to many more.

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Re: Watercolour sketchbook

Thank you for the lovely comments. I really enjoy working small and from life at times, and focusing on just one object. Here are some more leaves. One is yet another gum leaf, the other if both sides of the one long leaf I found in Vanuatu. I loved the completely different colours of the two sides.
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