I thought you might like to see a pen and wash sketch I did in my A5 sketchbook of the Castle with bridge in foreground. The view is from the same position as the previous finished watercolour.
Done from a location sketch and photos I took last year whilst visiting Ludlow. Watercolour 350 x 530 mm
This is my other sketch done on the spot at Bramdean Common.
I spent a lovely bank holiday sketching this quaint old church on Bramdean Common with my friend Kate. The church was built in 1883 in just 5 days and is made out of corrugated iron. It was built for the use of gypsies and commoners who used the woods at that time.
I did this on location and finished off in the studio. The wool House was built in 1417 as a warehouse for the wool trade with Flanders and Italy. Later it was used as a prison and is now awaiting it's future role. The drawing for this watercolour took around an hour and and I spent a further two hours laying basic washes before finishing at the Chapel - the roof was a joy to study!
Here is a photograph showing the house as built
Just found some old 6" x 4" prints of these I did about 15 years ago. I was asked by the architect Stephen Mattick to illustrate a new house he was designing for Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. As you can see it is in a very traditional vernacular style using hand-made materials including red cedar shingles for part of the roof and knapped flint walling, Stephen asked for three views to show the project "in the round" and to represent the building with atmosphere. I have taken the liberty of posting a photograph from Stephen's website of the finished building so you can compare with the artworks. An interesting project although disappointing not to meet Mark Knopfler himself!
A pair of cottages built in the mid 1860s and moved from Ashtead Kent. The interiors beautifully reconstruct a farm worker's home in mid Victorian times.
It's been a while, once again, so here are a few quick sketches I did with my students at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton. A cold but bright day and with gloves and intermittent coffee only my feet suffered from standing on the frosty grass! I've spent previous days at Singleton and always a joy with so much to draw. The weatherboarded cottage I coloured later in the warm! All done in an A5 sketchbook on cartridge paper.
Although named Tudor House this Grade II listed building is early 17th century and built in local limestone near Peterborough. Due to be renovated with a new-build to the left in a vacant plot this was a pleasant commission just completed. Most new houses in this region have to be stone-built and often with Collyweston slate roofs in order to blend with the local vernacular. You'll notice that the roof slates are graded with the smallest at the top and largest at the gutter. Drawn traditionally in one-point perspective from architect's plans this took around 16 hours to complete.
Here is the finished watercolour and detail. I've tried to recreate a "medieval" atmosphere to this view by showing a stormy sky and sober tones to the mass of stonework in the building. I've also omitted some street furniture and used the existing trees and foliage to frame the picture either side.
This is the finished watercolour. I've darkened the sky to the right with an additional wash of Alizarin Crimson/Cerulean Blue mix (as per Colin's comment) and touched up one or two small areas of the building - trying not to be too fussy! Hope you like it and watch this space for my next demonstration of St Michael's Church Southampton.