This weeks club topic was 'Landscape' The specific request, the week previously, was for members to ensure that the landscape was predominant, and other elements such as buildings, people, animals should be secondary to the setting. There were so few members present last week, that this request got a bit 'lost' in the ensuing paintings and we had lovely buildings and beautiful sheep as well as traditional landscapes.
I chose to have another go at a bluebell wood.Inspired by an amazing painting by Ann Blockley (page 124 of her new book Experimental Flowers in Watercolour) the intention was to keep the whole thing loose and exciting!
I did an initial drawing from imagination, and masked out the trees as I wanted them to be silver birch ish in my mind at the beginning. This was a mistake as I painted on the masking fluid the evening prior to the session, to ensure it was really dry, and when the time came to remove it, it took the surface of the paper with it in places. I do not think it would have happened with Fabriano,s Artistico paper, but I was using some of the Centenaire that I had bought with which to experiment .
I then built up the background with washes, letting each one dry before applying the next. I added distant trees into the wet upper half, however, in order to give them distance. In the foreground I painted swathes of lavender and green, trying to keep each as separate as possible so that the colours stayed fresh.
In order to get to try to get the looseness I was after, I painted in the bluebells and grass solely using splatter.
I then removed the masking fluid from the trees with very disappointing results, and I had to paint them much darker than intended, which resulted in a much tighter effect than I was after. I finally dealt with the bottom section of the painting which was originally to be a very loose rock face, but eventually became a stream!!
Not sure how that happened.