I am running out of wall space!

I am really enjoying the tutorial projects that Geoff Kersey is producing. He has committed to 2 a month and so far all of them have been challenging in many different ways and included many different levels of complexity.

Grange in Barrowdale – After Geoff Kersey – Saunders Waterford 140lb paper

I found the “Grange in Barrowdale” very challenging, in fact I had to wash out my first attempt at the mountains and have another go at them. The second attempt turned out much better and produced a fairly balanced painting.

 

 

 

 

Having completed this one I felt a surge of creativity and decided to really challenge myself using a photo reference from a friend, Simon Smith, who belongs to our local camera group. His photo of Bosham, pronounced “Bozam” by the locals, really caught my eye.
I have to say that putting in the vehicles was a real challenge for me!

As you can see it is a very complex and busy subject with a pleasing balance of houses, water and boats.

This is now framed and hanging on my landing and I have to say looks really great behind glass.

Bosham, Chichester. Saunders Waterford
from a reference photo by Simon Smith, Yateley

Geoff Keresey’s next tutorial, “Mallorca¬† Street” was a chance to create some sunshine in what has proved to be a very wet and dismal start to the year here in Hampshire, UK.

Saunders Waterford 140lb block – after Geoff Kersey

This was a fun painting to do with all of the textures on the walls, the flowers, shadows and of course the all important Mediterranean light.

Again it turned out really nicely so I framed this one too and hung it on the last available space on my landing wall.

 

 

 

 

After Geoff Kersey – Saunders Waterford 140lb paper

This months tutorial is different again! Geoff managed to come up with a photo reference for a man fishing in the Grand Union Canal at Islington. It is hard to believe that about 20 yards away behind that bridge is Islington high street with all of the hustle and bustle of everyday life and yet here is a scene of absolute tranquillity on a lovely summers day!
I am very pleased with the light in this one along with the reflections and the tranquil nature of the painting itself.

Another Geoff Kersey Watercolour Landscape Project

Just completed another Watercolour painting after Geoff Kersey.

This one is a view looking back from Boggle Hole towards Robin Hoods Bay on the Yorkshire coast. The reference photo for this painting is a very good composition that takes in a lot of foreground and middle distance reducing the size of the skyline in the far distance.

Painted on Arches 300lb NOT surface block watercolour paper

The challenges with this painting were getting the aerial perspective right and keeping the tonal values balanced with the other colours in the painting from the sky and the sea. It was interesting have the foreground rocks as the point of interest.

I have received excellent feedback on various social media groups and received my highest numbers “likes” for this painting so I hope that you all like it as much as I and all of my friends seem to do!

This is painted on Arches 300lb block paper using White Night professional watercolours. This is my first painting using this particular weight of paper and I have to say that it is wonderful to work with, takes plenty of water without reacting, allows lifting out very nicely and also takes a lot punishment along the way without showing any signs of a problem.

Watercolour painting with Geoff Kersey, a new experience

At the beginning of December 2017 Geoff Kersey started a new online tutorial website called “Watercolour Landscapes” and it turned out to be just the inspiration I was looking for especially after the unexpected passing of Terry Harrison in June of 2017. I had joined Terry’s online tutorial group and was learning a lot from him so his death came as quite a shock to me. Geoff Kersey has now filled that void for me and with his great teaching style and different techniques I feel I am improving as a watercolour artist, he is also a very accomplished professional artist and one to aspire to.

I have now completed 3 of his projects and I can see how I have improved as a watercolour artist as a result of incorporating his methods and techniques into my own style of painting.

Painted on Saunders Waterford Rough 140lbs after Geoff Kersey

This is the first one that I painted at the beginning of December 2017.

It portrays a winter scene in Padley Gorge in Derbyshire near to where Geoff lives. I didn’t get it quite right with my first attempt and Geoff gave me some very constructive feedback. I have now incorporated the modifications that he pointed out and it has turned out to be a nice looking painting that captures the atmosphere of a winters day.

The painting has good light and depth which previously I had found hard to portray with watercolour.

 

Painted on Saunders Waterford Rough 140lbs after Geoff Kersey

The second tutorial that I attempted turned out to be a really nice painting of Upper Lumsdale Pond in Derbyshire, again quite close to where Geoff lives.

I finished this painting on New Years Eve, what a great way to end the year!

I made a couple of minor errors on the original painting that Geoff pointed out to me and I have modified the original to incorporate his observations to produce what I think is one of my best paintings to date!

 

 

Painted on Saunders Waterford Rough 140lbs after Geoff Kersey

Just the other day I managed to find time to paint the third of his tutorials which again turned out to be better than I had hoped!

I modified the original scene that Geoff used for his painting that was set in early Autumn so that mine is set in late Summer with slightly more foliage on the trees and incorporates a little more of the summery colours.

 

 

Golden Gate Bridge, California

When I first saw the photo that I used as a reference for this painting I was immediately taken by the composition, colours and depth of the image. Luckily for me it taken by a friend of mine, Clair Green, no relation, who allowed me to use the photo as a reference for my painting.

Painted on Hahnemuhle 200lb Watercolour paper

I wasn’t sure initially if I should include the detailed foreground but to me it was part of the appeal from the original image so I decided to put it in too and I am now pleased that I did.

 

Olympic Valley California

A friend of mine, Roger Holdsworth allowed me to use one of his photo’s of Olympic Valley, California as a reference image for this painting. I loved the atmosphere in the photo with the mist in deep valley between the pine forest and the mountains and wanted to try to create a similar atmosphere in a watercolour painting.

Painted on Hahnemuhle 200lb Watercolour paper

The painting came together quite well providing a feeling of distance and depth and the swirling mist in the mid-ground. I used a more panoramic letter-box size to add to the impact of the painting.

 

End of Summer

Painted on Matthew Palmer’s Fontaine 140lb watercolour block.

I wanted to capture the late summer feeling with the light and abundant wild flowers that you see at this time of year.

All in all it worked out quite well and I added the dog walker in the centre to give a point of interest that the users eye is taken to by the path leading to the gate.

I was in two minds about having the gate open but in the countryside it is more normal to have them closed and I think that eye naturally drifts to the distant background anyway.

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