Tuesday, 30 June 2009

A view from my window

I actually painted this while I was sitting outside on the terrace. I love the tree perched on top of the rock and as I painted the shadows grew longer. Painted with my new portable watercolours then touched up later with coloured pencils, about 45 mins in all.




Sunday, 21 June 2009

Locked door


There are a lot of abandoned rural huts down our lane, I think they were used for storage in the old days. They probably kept something to eat and drink in there too.
This one has only got half a roof and is home to a lot of weeds!
This was my first attempt at watercolour after quite a few years. It took me a while to remember how to do it!

Thursday, 18 June 2009

A tree with a shadow

A picture I painted first in watercolour then I went over in coloured pencil, a method I am still experimenting with. I love coloured pencils but it takes so long to complete a picture that I needed to find some way of speeding the process up. I concentrated so much on the tree the background got a bit wonky, but it was a good learning experience. I will be doing lots more using the same combination.

In most of the villages there are trees like this along the road. This one has taken on a funny shape as it is constantly blown one way by the sea wind from the right.

The dusty lane


This is where I live, a photo taken in spring... so more muddy than dusty!
The trees just coming into flower are almond trees. They flower very early and on a warm spring day the smell is wonderful. I love to stand underneath and watch the bees doing their work. Very soon the petals get blown off and become confetti on the ground.

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