was a commission from a private client to create an accurate waterclour of this seven hundred year old building, now a hotel. Done from photographs on 140Ib Arches NOT watercolour paper at about A3 size
recently completed for a friend's birthday. The lighting was the most important element in this view and the cast shadows work as depth codes in helping to define the third dimension as, in this case, the viewer's position is perpendicular to the building's façade. 275 x 416 mm watercolour over pencil on 140Ib Arches NOT.
and a packed gallery at the auction of the top 20 artworks to go under the hammer at the Twenty20 Art for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. My watercolour of Titchfield Abbey raised £60 towards this worthy cause out of a total of well over £2000!
Houghton Lodge by the River Test - an early example of "picturesque" Gothic built around 1793 - a grade II listed building with 14 acres of lovely gardens. Watercolour over pencil in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
It's always a commitment when looking to settle down for an hour or two's sketching, and sometimes a certain view will "draw" you in and this is one such case. Having walked along the pathway, seen here in the centre of the sketch, and turning back to assess the vista, the composition was there. Watercolour in A4 sketchbook on 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
drawn yesterday from Millbank and, coincidentally, it was this day that it was opened in 1932 so a fitting sketch to mark its 84th birthday!
and its almost there. I'm recording these stages on my iphone as the work is too big to fit on the scanner at around 600 x 440mm, so will have to scan in two sections and join in Photoshop once done.
shows my working process from the left across the structure completing each section stage by stage. This method works for me as you only need to keep wet a small part of the work at any one time, gradually adding colour and tone. I'm struggling to find time to spend on this but will post next stage soon!
and if you know where this is message me! Watercolour over pencil on 140Ib arches
done with Urban Sketchers Southampton at Tudor House Museum Southampton. A view looking out from a first floor window overlooking the back garden. A3 sketchbook on 300gsm watercolour paper in around one hour. Happy New Year!
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.
and a pencil and watercolour sketch showing St Margaret's church. The drawing was done on location in around 20 minutes and coloured in the studio. Ditchling Museum of art and Craft is nestled into the Sussex South Downs and a treasure of art and artifacts relating to the likes of Eric Gill, Edward Johnston and David Jones amongst other artists of the early 20th century. Cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook.
somewhere in Hampshire - any ideas where? A rather dull watercolour on a rather dull day but a pleasant one all the same. This took around one and a half to two hours on location with some stronger contrast washes and "scratching out" added in the studio to give it some life - not sure it has - strong lighting and cast shadows would have done wonders! A3 size on 140Ib NOT.
of Titchfield Abbey done in around an hour or so then a hasty retreat when they started to lock the grounds - a night spent in a ruined abbey definitely wasn't on the day's agenda! Pencil and watercolour in A5 sketchbook on Saunders Waterford 140Ib NOT with a few finishing touches in the studio. I'm currently planning a series of ruins and castles and this may lead to a larger work.
with Urban Sketchers Southampton this morning and here's my sketch: a view looking north across the Cathedral Close. I was lucky to be sitting comfortably on a bench when the sun appeared and everything became bathed in strong light and dark shadows - the perfect conditions for an urban sketcher! On heavy cartridge paper in A5 sketchbook in around one and a half hours. I prefer a slightly off-white heavyweight cartridge for architectural sketching which takes a wash quite well over pen or pencil detail.
done mainly "en plein air" and finishing touches in the studio. 140Ib NOT A3 paper in a very old sketchbook I've had for at least 25 years and it shows, but a nice paper all the same. A bit chilly to start with but the late afternoon sun came out after about an hour or so into the piece so I strengthened the cast shadows afterwards. Definitely worth a visit and a picnic on a warm day.
and after a few finishing touches here is a sketch showing Netley Abbey. Started off in the rain but it soon cleared up and and I was able to add a few cast shadows which lifted the sketch a little. Back in my studio I added a few pen lines and highlights. It's a bit of a homage to John Piper whose style I really admire.
and two quick sketches in A5 sketchbook. Top: Moot Hall Aldeburgh; Below: a beach view. 140Ib Saunders Waterford NOT.
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
in the March issue of Hampshire Life - pick up your copy: on the shelves now!