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Another of the new Geoff Kersey tutorials inspired me to complete this interpretation of the “Bosham Church” tutorial. It came together very well and I think that I am starting to really get into the process of these more complex and richer watercolour paintings thanks to the guidance from Geoff.
This painting showing a sunset with sailing ship and foreground in silhouette was completed in just two hours at one of my art groups evening sessions. The theme for the session was “Sky” so it fulfilled that requirement quite spectacularly. The sun melting into the distant sea on the right came out well, as did the whole piece. This was fun to do especially in one evening!
The SAA (Society for All Artists), provided a fascinating online tutorial the other week presented by Graham Berry. I have been inspired by his work for some time so jumped at the chance to be able to “sit in” via the web on a 4 hour session. It was fantastic to watch how he went about creating one of his colourful “people on a bench” paintings, so much so in fact that I just had to give it a go – I am so pleased with how this painting turned out.
I have never tried anything like this before where the main focal point is people and not the place they are occupying.
The setting is simple but the subject is complex because of the shadows both on clothing and around the people themselves making them actually sit on the bench and become part of the scene. I had a great time creating this painting over a two day period and I am so pleased and proud with how it turned out.
Yet another Geoff Kersey inspired painting, this time an American landscape from within the Yosemite National Park.
This through up many challenges with distant mountains, complex reflections and creating depth of field. Thoroughly enjoyed creating this painting and once again I am very proud of how it finished up even though at one point I was tearing my hair out trying to get the mountain on the right correct. In the end I had to sponge out the colour and do that mountain again – that’s watercolour for you!
For my final painting in May 2018 I would like to thank Shareen Downe from the Facebook group, Art and Photography in Support of Mental Wellbeing, for allowing me to use her superb photo of the “Moon Gate” in the gardens of West Green House, Hartley Wintney in Hampshire as my reference image for this painting.
This watercolour was painted on Saunders Waterford Rough 1/4 Imperial sized paper and took two fun days to complete. I found it challenging as flowers are not really my thing but I used some artistic license and it came together great in the end. It is now framed and adorns the wall of my dining room!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.