done as an experiment on a sheet of Arches 300gsm NOT paper. Having just received a pack of this paper and not having used Arches for a while I thought I'd try it out and contrived this view - nowhere in particular. 27cm x 43cm in around 2 and a half hours.
showing Cerne Abbas Church, from Abbey Street. Pencil and watercolour on cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook in around an hour and three quarters.
of Ferry Lane near to the Cathedral. I did this from a park bench as a pencil sketch and applied colour in my studio from a snapshot. Done in A5 sketchbook on off-white heavyweight cartridge paper.
because when I'm working in the chapel it's a break to sit outside for an hour or two with my sketchbook. This one shows a memorial to seafarers which is hidden away. There was little sun while I was there so I took a few snaps later and put the shadows in back in my studio. A5 Sketchbook on Waterford 140Ib NOT.
done yesterday in the warm sunshine. I never tire of sketching in the cemetery and given my studio is here it's easy to stroll and sketch. This is of the 'other' chapel done sitting just outside my chapel in about an hour or so. Look out for my next post which is a larger watercolour of this view done from my ipad...
with Urban Sketchers Southampton. One hour 15 mins on A5 heavyweight cartridge paper
this time from the South West. I did the pencil sketch on Sunday whilst sitting on a convenient gravestone and applied watercolour later on. Hand-made A5 sketchbook on heavyweight cartridge. Design Chapel
Roses around the west door - a sight for sore eyes.
This one I did in the searing heat in around 10 minutes - too hot to stay any longer!
...and another experiment in light and shade. Again done from a photo taken on my ipad but I limited my time to under 3 hours. It started off as a blend of Cerulean Blue, Alizaren Crimson, Antwerp Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Paynes Grey. All applied wet on wet and allowed to dry after about an hour and then worked over with washes and dry brush. It's not architecture, which I love but allowed me a sense of freedom and experiment (I even sprinkled salt while it was wet!). Nevertheless a nice break after a week of commercial illustration. Hope you like it!
Just did this one after arriving at the chapel. Not from life (too cold!) but from a few photos I took on my ipad on the way in. It started off quite bright and then became quite misty and murky which seemed an attractive proposition for a quick watercolour: just wanted to splash paint on paper really - hope you like it! Done in around 3 to 4 hours on Saunders Waterford 140lb NOT at approx 280 x 380 mm.
A picturesque view: a snapshot of my studio in the Old Cemetery
A seasonal look to the Chapel with fairylights replacing roses round the door - just an insight to goings on last night at the Chapel Christmas bash. It was akin to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas when Design Chapel residents, friends and family invaded the Old Cemetery to light up God's Acre. Long term residents were not invited but I'm sure would have approved (and joined in if possible!). Happy Christmas!
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