Lord of the Rings

Painted on Fabriano Artistico 140lb watercolour paper

Being a big Lord of the Rings fan I derived even greater pleasure from creating these two paintings that depict the “Shire” and “Gandalf leaving the shire”.

Painted on Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper







I intend to do at least one if not two more paintings using the theme of the Lord of the Rings as my inspiration and any reference images I can find too. I love the small, round door houses, that the hobbits live in so I think that these will feature more in my next painting.

I am currently experimenting with a watercolour paper that is fairly new to me, Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold press paper. I find that it works well and takes a bit of punishment although lifting out is not at good as on Arches paper I find. Being 100% cotton paper it is very absorbent and handles water differently to Arches too. It seems to stay wet longer so probably absorbs more water than Arches which would tend to point to different amounts of “sizing” on the Fabriano paper. Like everything else it is just a matter of getting used to it’s differences and working within it’s capabilities providing I can remember what they are when I am switching between papers!

Brazilian Moonlight

The Purely Watercolour FB group are currently running a “Moonlight” challenge and I have just uploaded this paintingfor my entry.

It is called “Brazilian Moonlight” from a reference photo that I found and it caught my eye as they sometimes do .

It is painted on 1/8th imperial Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold press paper. I found that this paper worked quite well although it does tend to expand quite a bit when very wet even after going to the trouble of stretching before I started using my own paper stretching technique.

Brazilian Moonlight

Painted on 1/8th imperial Fabriano Artistico 140lb cold press paper.

I found the subject of moonlight very challenging to do basically because it is white light from the moon and very intensive blues and dark blues depending on the sky and scenery etc.

I have learnt a lot from the experience though and I now know which moonlight scenes do not really work with watercolour as the painting medium. I think that anyone that likes a challenge should try a moonlight scene themselves just to see the different tasks that it throws at you.


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