and here's the finished piece. I haven't kept a note of the hours spent on this one as it's been fitting it in when time allowed. I could use the term "a labour of love" but that sounds like it has been a chore which it hasn't. My passion is combining suggested detail with atmospheric lighting and how light falls across a surface. As this view is very square-on, the cast shadows are instrumental in describing shape and form giving a sense of depth within the structure. Soon to be exhibited - details to come!
if anyone is in the area on Saturday 9th July come and join us for a spot of sketching the beautiful City of Salisbury - click here for link. Here's a quick sketch showing the cathedral nave from the west end. Watercolour over water-soluble ink on A5 cartridge.
and a watercolour showing the church of St. John the Baptist. I've been meaning to find this church for years mainly due to the fact that William Gilpin was the vicar from 1777 until 1804. Gilpin was an artist and writer and instrumental in founding the Picturesque movement. Done in A4 sketchbook on Arches NOT 90Ib paper in around one and a half hours on location and finished off in the studio.
and for those who don't know that's the Isle of White. Did this quick watercolour sketch with my new students during "Freshers" week: around 30 mins on cartrdge paper in A5 sketchbook.
leaving Southampton a few weeks ago. I did this from a photo taken on my iphone as an experiment on a new hand-made paper I have acquired. It's on an old paper that I bought from a stock rescued from the old Wookey Hole Mills in Somerset some 50 years ago! It's hand-made 300gsm and the image is 26 x 32cm - a little too small for this rough surface but a nice texture all the same - I'll need to work bigger next time I use this one!