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Old 06-23-2010, 08:25 AM
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These sketches are in several books - a tiny 7x5 inch one, an 11 inch square one, A4 and possibly others. I used to travel to paint in Norfolk a lot with a friend throughout the year - so there are cold winter days as well as blue summer skies. It's a 200 mile round trip so we'd start out very early and get home at midnight, having stayed painting all day. A good day would mean 6-8 pieces of work. You have to work fast as the tide and light change so quickly that after an hour the scene is totally different.



This one is in watercolour with touches of oil pastel in the 11 inch square book.

The one on the right was painted whilst waiting for AA to come and open the car for me - I'd shut the car keys inside and we were in a remote place - aren't mobile phones wonderful ?
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You do such wonderful watercolor sketches Vivian. A lot of these deserve to be framed and hung on the wall!

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Vivien - what beautiful sketches. Can't wait to see more. I especially like the nuances of color in the skies and the water. Very nice.

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Lovely sketches. It's a good thing that you didn't lock the phone away in the car that day. LOL That's probably something I would do.
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Gorgeous sketches Vivien!!

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Beautiful paintings, Vivien. I love the surf on the right, that is incredible. The way you got the waves and the foam is gorgeous.
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Thanks everyone :>)

If I frame anything out of a sketch book David, I scan it before framing and stick the print in the book - it keeps all the information and sketches together that way.

It's the nuances that fascinate me Jean - it's why I really really need to get out there and sketch so that I see them. A camera just doesn't catch them

Oil pastel as a resist is a great help with surf Robert! I always take a few Sennelier oil pastels along with watercolours when I'm sketching.
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That's a great idea. So you used Senneliers for those beautiful surf patterns? I love them, the shapes are so perfect. I can see how going lightly with broken color would give a glorious effect.
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Yes, some lightly skimmed over the surface and some heavier to totally resist - the watercolours leave speckles of colour on the surface but mostly just roll off. Senneliers work infinitely better than cheaper brands. I'll also use them sometimes for the pinks and mauves that reflect in wet sand.



Another spread in the 11 inch square book - these are oil paint used on the paper (unprimed).

I really like using oils in the sketchbook. It's possible to work much faster and change colours quickly if an interesting flash of light/colour occurs in the sea

The left hand page is bits cut off the edges of work that was framed - the colours/textures are useful as reference so if they are interesting I keep them this way.
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Vivien - your little shore sketches look so lovely, and so interesting, but - since they are oils - I'd be concerned about being able to close the sketchbook, or being able to turn the page to start another. How long does it take to dry enough to do that? I mean, I've even had to occasionally carry my watercolor sketchbook open for a little while until it was dry enough to close it.
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you can close the book immediately and you get a slight print onto the facing page

you can then allow the pages to stick lightly together while you work on the next page :>) to avoid smudging it. I've worked this way for years and it's never a problem

they don't stick like acrylic would, or even wet watercolour. They peel apart fine when I get home. The paint doesn't soak through the paper or affect the next page.
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Wow! That is surprising. I would have thought it would transfer a lot of paint to the facing page, and that it would take a day or two at least to dry enough to close the book. Well, I'm glad that it works well for you because the sketches are great!
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So you leave the oil pastel as part of the painting? I would have never thought to combine oil pastel and watercolor.

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Yes David, I virtually always use oil pastels (when I use them) UNDER the watercolour as a resist. If I want colour on top of the watercolour I'd use polychromos/lyra/coloursoft coloured pencils (don't like Prisma myself)

It's one of the things I picked up on my degree - no rules - use anything with anything as long as it works



these aren't in my sketchbook but are quick demos done for students to shwo how to combine media. Lines scribbled in white Sennelier oil pastel with watercolour freely washed over for the water and sand.



and this one uses coloured oil pastels as well with again, watercolour dropped over them quite freely

Yes, the oil paint never ever sticks Michelle. I've used normal oil paints and Griffin Alkyd quick drying oils - obviously you don't put the paint on with a trowel or it would squidge and spoil the painting. I use very little/no medium usually. You can even leave the book closed while the painting dries and it still doesn't stick. It's the oil that stops it. Also it never buckles the paper like water can.

(interestingly I was reading that Sargent didn't use any medium)

These aren't paintings - just doodles to show possibilities to students in class.
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