Over Open Studios weekends last month, my sketchbooks and watercolour journal got as much attention as my paintings. I found myself discussing the method I use to get to know watercolour pigments. I use a system I picked up from the blog of the fabulous Jane Blundell. She is well worth following if you want to get a better understanding of watercolour palettes.
The artists who visited were asking about the colour swatches in the watercolour journal, and many of them commented on their knowledge that they should be doing more of the back to basics. Visitors who described themselves as non-artists paid more attention to the little sketches I do in the watercolour journal to keep myself entertained while I explore different pigments. Today I decided to share my journal so far on Youtube.
A flip through my Watercolour Journal
This weekend I played with the idea of painting three different flowers in different styles, with the intention of capturing a different character in each. (You may notice them in the video)
The delicate colour of magnolia flowers always makes them look refined and elegant.
Fuschias seem to dance and flirt with their fluffed out petals. They look like little ballerinas sometimes.
And the poppy – we love its freedom, its bold colours and its wild ways.