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That bridge is great from this angle too. I've never thought of sketching while sitting in a tree. At least there wouldn't be people looking over your shoulder that way. LOL
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it was a horizontal branch that I just edged along, no brave climbing involved!



I'll include this one though it has major errors - I kind of lost my way and the scale of the left hand side is all wrong compared with the far bank

ah well - the information is there for me to have another go at home.

This one is just coloured pencil. I don't very often work in just these as I prefer mixed media with watercolour with them. It's also so slow!

This is a spur of the Grand Union canal, a dead end, where barges took goods up a steep hill, through a famous long flight of locks. The old warehouses are now expensive loft apartment type houses.

It's the same place as the sepia one but looking across, not to the left.
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Viv, the charcoal one you did sitting in the tree is wonderful. It's so sad they cut down the huge trees, those sound so cool and so beautiful. I hope the new ones get huge fast.

On the two page one, I love it. I don't see the problem with the left hand side but I wasn't there. Is it that it should've been even larger and gone off the page? It looks like the perspective's right to me -- but I wasn't there so I wouldn't know.

And yes, it does matter which yellow and which blue, I'm the same way about having a lot of colors. Thank you for something that makes that make sense. I rotate among several different sets of pan watercolors and started getting W&N tubes, Daniel Smith tubes and Blick Artists' tubes and use what I feel like at the moment, but I like having that much variety to choose from.
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thanks

well it's probably mainly the canal boats that are seen end on - the nearest end should be larger as they are virtually as close as the left hand boats - but I've drawn them much smaller the perspective should have narrowed much more dramatically between front and back of them.
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You do water so well. I am loving all these different media with similar and same subject.
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This one is a charcoal sketch about 14 ins high of a flooded ancient slate quarry in local woods. The quarries are quite deep and dangerous.


and a watercolour version in a similar size, maybe a little bigger

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Beautiful, just beautiful. How did you reserve the whites of the branches on the water color version?
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Some of the whites were just leaving the paper - the branches were partially overpainted with gouache and there is a little oil pastel scumbled lightly as well.

When in doubt try anything I think should be my motto!

I do love painting water
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Both of the quarry pictures are wonderful. The charcoal one is so powerful. I love the strong values and intricate details, those pale roots are great. The watercolor one's beautiful too, but the charcoal one reads a little easier.
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Hi Vivien, what a wonderful collection of work! I love all of the images on this page of the thread but wonder if I might go backwards and say that I really like the results of your experiments with the lino prints. Painting the colours onto the block looked very successful and the idea with the tracing paper looks great too.
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You just keep blowing me away Vivien.

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This one is colured pencil in an 11 inch square book with a lovely strong buff coloured paper. I haven't done much in it yet but I really like it.

It was a bitterly cold day with a light covering of snow. The pools of water in the flood meadows were frozen.

It's the view from the packhorse bridge, looking away from the side I drew in charcoal.

I keep experimenting from time to time but really I don't like coloured pencils as well as paint for landscape.
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You did that "en plein aire" with CP? That's amazing. I tried CP in the "studio" and really didn't care for it, just too darned tedious, I can't imagine doing CP outdoors from life, let alone in the cold on horseback! It almost has a pastel-like quality to it, I like it.

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This is beautiful! Like David, I think it has a pastel-like quality too. Hope you do more of them.
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I wasn't on horseback! just on the ancient packhorse bridge horses are far too far off the ground for me!

It was finished at home I freely admit - I was frozen out there!
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