This is another small ( 8 x 8 inch ) watercolour sketch worked from photos taken on a dull winters day last year. It makes a change to get away from painting bright clear snowy days with blue skies. I liked using the limited palette of earth colours and cobalt and/or ultramarine blue.
Yes, I know I have painted this before but forgive me…its where I live and I love the valley and the river. There are always changes…the light, flowers, wildlife etc. This was painted from photos taken at the end of last summer when the himalayan balsam lined the hedges and the banks of the river. Don’t confuse himalayan balsam with knotweed…balsam is a lovely pink colour and as far as I know not such a problem although it is invasive. Anyway I like it a lot as it flowers right up to the first frost and my bees were foraging on it for weeks on end bringing in stores of nectar and pollen to see them through winter.
I am still waiting for our first snowfall this winter here in Llandeilo. This little watercolour…about 8×8 inches was painted from photos taken last winter. It was painted quickly with a very ‘abstract’ wet into wet background .
We had another enjoyable day painting in the hall at Gelli Aur. The idea for the day was just to relax and paint anything that took our fancy. I started an acrylic of the sleeping giant ( at Abercrave), a subject that I have wanted to do for a while now.
Really enjoyed painting this ‘simple’ ( nothing is really simple!) subject quickly and quite loosely in acrylic on watercolour paper…about 6 x 6″.