Storm in the Air

This past month I’ve been working on two different scales – and I quite like it. Maggie Latham invited me to take part in her Small Works Challenge group on Facebook. The rules set a specific size (roughly A6) and required the works to be done without pencil or masking fluid en plein air. It was a great way if getting focused just on the painting and not worrying about getting everything perfect – resulting in some lovely spontaneous images in the group.

I’ve used this idea to create a series of small works for the exhibition at Whittlesford next week. It will be interesting to see how they are received. Here’s one I called Summer 2012 – it has been the wettest summer I can recall.

Summer 2012 (watercolour 13 x 17 cm)
Summer 2012 (watercolour 13 x 17 cm)

The beauty of the small works is that they give me an opportunity to try out a concept I can then paint on a much bigger scale. I  wanted to get the same feeling of rain in the air in this larger painting which came out looking a lot more brooding and dramatic.

Storm in the air (watercolour 38 x 48 cm)
Storm in the air (watercolour 38 x 48 cm)

I think I’ll work big and little for a while longer. I suspect the small works are likely to be a bit gentler on the subject – but perhaps that’s in the nature of the size and speed of work.

Here’s a quick pic of the two paintings together in the studio – just for a sense of relative scale:

big and little water colour paintings