Here is the third painting I did in Bournemouth gardens yesterday trying to keep it simple and get the bridge right.
Our PEDAS outing today was to Coy pond at the upper end of Bournemouth gardens. The gardens have the small stream running through them, some lovely old willow trees and a couple of bright red Japanese style bridges. I tried to paint this bridge four times but couldn’t get it right until I went back to a pen and wash drawing which is probably my favourite medium.
While sorting through some old art stuff I came across a block of 5” x 7”Daler Rowney watercolour paper priced at £1.30 I have no idea how old it is! I decided to try it with the Purely watercolour challenge this week, a Kit Kat. I don’t usually paint this small so it was a real challenge.
Today’s outing with Broadstone Art Society was to Wimborne St Giles, a pretty Dorset village with thatched cottages and a village green by the church. The locals we’re extremely helpful in letting us use the facilities in the village hall for a small donation to help with cleaning, something much appreciated by the older members (including me!) I don have the patience to do. An accurate drawing of the church and alms houses so I concentrated on light and shade.
Doing some tidying up at home I discovered three full sheets of very old watercolour paper, probably nearly thirty years old. I cut them into quarters so I could use them. I think they are Daler Romney, the size is very heavy and to start with the water runs off so they seem to work best with very wet washes but I didn’t really find that out until I had almost finished this painting.
I couldn’t find the energy to paint in today’s heat so here is a watercolour sketch of the tai chi class in Shelley Park on Thursday. I decided not to use a pencil. Or pen but go straight in with a brush for a different effect.
The Purely watercolour Facebook group has a monthly challenge, this months the theme is cafe. We were in Wimborne this morning and had coffee at the cafe in the square so it was an ideal place to take some reference photos and do a painting this evening.
Ginny’s friend Pat said goodbye to her Jack Russell Micky last week, he was a rescue dog from Waggy Tails that Pat has supported in many roles for years. Micky was a bit grumpy at times but very loving once he got to know you. I did this watercolour for her to remember him by.
Today’s plein air outing with PEDAS was to Meyrick Park in Bournemouth. When I arrived it was overcast and drizzling and I couldn’t see any of the other artists. However I found a couple of the others and settled down to sketch although it wasn’t very inspiring. After a while people began to arrive and congregate just behind me, it turned out to be a tai chi group so suddenly I had lots of subjects doing nice slow movements in front of me so it turned out to be a good day after all.
Here is another painting from yesterday’s trip to Swanage with Broadstone Art Society. The view from the downs to the old Coastguard lookout on Peveril point and Swanage Bay.