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Old 03-08-2018, 11:56 AM
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This one started with my art PC harddrive getting very noisy and one of the art table lamps dieing. So, I ended up doing a big reorganization, a visit to Ikea brought home another table and a couple of lamps. It occurred to me last night that I could try out my new set-up instead of looking at Facebook or whatever is on Youtube. So, I already had a thumbdrive with some painting ideas and a drawing board with an 18x12 inch, (46x34.5 CM) piece of Fabriano Artistico 140 HP paper already taped to it. It took just over an hour to knock out this watercolor, (yes, there is a bit of white goache). An Australian urban scene, I'm calling it "Banjos".



Obviously, I'm using sepia as a monocolor... but, then just a bit of colors on the two figures.

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Very much like the modern look these have...
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Here is an odd idea that occurred to me. Doing it I combined elements from five photographs. It's a watercolor on 11x15 inch, (28x38 CM) Strathmore 400 140CP paper. As you sharp eyed painters will notice from the trees, these deceased vehicles are out beyond-rural Australia.



I'm calling this one "The Wizard of Auto Parts."

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You are getting a lot of mileage out of the restricted palettes. I really like both of these but the first seems especially timeless, probably because we see a little less of the figure. Great idea for a series.

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“Banjos” is a real winner to my eye, too.
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The tonalist nature adds a feeling of classic age to the scene, like photos from years ago. Wonderful, peaceful compositions, too. They all look like nice places to hang out and catch up on one's reading.
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Looking glamorous in a frame....



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Re: Return to the castle

Both excellent paintings. Only snag I can see, is the cars in the distance are the same height as the wall. But the man sitting, on the ground is higher than the wall. This would make him taller than the car while sitting on the ground next to it.
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Hi Jim:
These walls are all over Yorkshire; really centuries old. I once saw several van loads of school boys being taught how to build/repair them... in the rain. This one was on a bit of a slope, it varies in height and that's my excuse.

This is based on photos and a few plein-air pieces done at Bolton Castle. While there, sitting on a towel in wet grass a man came by and offered me a chair. A bit later he invited me into his home and displayed a fantastic collection of English watercolors. The castle is privately owned and I believe it is his but don't really know. For a small fee you can wander the castle without a guide and for a bit more have tea. It is claimed that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisioned there for a while and you can go up for a look out her window, high up around the left side in this view... above the gardens.

...and those are kinda small cars.

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These walls are all over Yorkshire; really centuries old. I once saw several van loads of school boys being taught how to build/repair them... in the rain. This one was on a bit of a slope, it varies in height and that's my excuse.

This is based on photos and a few plein-air pieces done at Bolton Castle. While there, sitting on a towel in wet grass a man came by and offered me a chair. A bit later he invited me into his home and displayed a fantastic collection of English watercolors. The castle is privately owned and I believe it is his but don't really know. For a small fee you can wander the castle without a guide and for a bit more have tea. It is claimed that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisioned there for a while and you can go up for a look out her window, high up around the left side in this view... above the gardens.

...and those are kinda small cars.

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....and he's a kinda tall man.! I have a'dry stane dike' same as this at the bottom of my garden. On the other side a field. I have helped to repair them many times.
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Hi Jim:
Those are those little English cars and he's a typical quite tall man sitting besides a 337 year old wall sinking into the sod. If the grass was dry he'd be wondering where the funnies are in his paper instead of pondering standing up soon.
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Glorious work, congrats. A pleasure to view.
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