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.
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.
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!
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.