Small Victories….

Another day, another attempt at  Jean Haines ‘no pressure’ washes… and as before, all the pigments used are by Daniel Smith, apart from the Cadmium Yellow…

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The LH wash is Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet, Cadmium Yellow and lots of water, resulting in the normally stubborn yellow almost disappearing. The RH wash is Perylene Red and Cascade Green with subtle clingfilm effects. I love the Cascade Green, but (and maybe this is my application…) I seem to get muddy effects from it under the clingfilm…..

The middle wash is Carbazole Violet and Quinacridone Sienna with…..salt…

image….and here is my small victory for the day…I’ve actually managed to get some half decent effects…woo hoo!!

From there, I practised some exercises from Jean’s book ‘Paint Yourself Calm’…as it has been a rather damp start here in Wales, I thought I would recall warmer days with no pressure landscapes and a loose poppy (yes, that’s what they are supposed to be!!) wash….imageimageimage

imageI am finding that Jean’s way of working up to more serious pieces is beginning to work for me…I know that my first washes are not going to be masterpieces, so immediately I don’t get anxious if things go awry…

From there, I returned to the rose wash that I am slowly building up….

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The colours are darker in reality…. but I am reasonably satisfied with this… if only I had painted it on heavier paper – (it says it is Archival Quality Extra Heavy Weight Cold Press Paper 180lb) the edges have curled and there is slight buckling with the amount of water I used. However, as this was supposed to be just a study, I shouldn’t be too disappointed…

I even have another effort on the go….

imageso we will see how this progresses….

 

 

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Learning to slow down & be more patient…

Following on from yesterday’s post, I am continuing to chart my progress at improving my watercolour skills following the teachings of Jean Haines. In fact, it was Jean’s suggestion that I write this blog..so here goes…

As I stated yesterday, she advocates beginning each day’s painting session by creating 3 washes using different colours and methods – putting no pressure on yourself …So here are my efforts for today….

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The one on the left is made using Daniel Smith’s Mayan Blue watercolour pigment and water…I really like this effect. The one in the centre is Daniel Smith Opera Pink and Quinacridone Pink with salt. Here, I must admit to struggling a little with the salt effects, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and I’m not altogether sure why….perhaps I am too impatient, adding it too early – I will persist… The one on the right is Cadmium Yellow and Daniel Smith’s Carbazole Violet with some delicate effects created by using clingfilm. I really must remember that violet and yellow do not make the most vibrant of colours, rather a muddy brown….what can I say, I’m a slow learner…

(I must say here that discovered Daniel Smith watercolours through Jean’s recommendations..)

My next attempts were at an exercise from Jean’s excellent book ‘Paint Yourself Calm’..

imageThis really is a lovely book, and one that I needed at this time. I was putting so much pressure on myself to create masterpieces that I was in danger of losing my love of drawing and painting, making marks… Jean advocates placing no pressure on your shoulders, just enjoy playing with pigment….so I have been doing just that… Here are my attempts at an exercise from her book…. and this is where I must learn to be a little more patient….

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I like the effect you get when colours run into each other but I didn’t want the Cascade Green to run quite so much into the yellow….I should have waited a little … but you know what, no matter, I enjoyed the process and have learnt something about myself in the meantime…..and that’s what Jean’s book is all about…

To end my session today, I practised painting roses in Jean’s inimitable style (although I think that’s probably an oxymoron as only Jean can create her wonderful images!!)

Below are the first washes of my two attempts….using Daniel Smith Rose of Ultramarine, a gorgeous colour that separates wonderfully…

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imageI know I fiddled too much with the two roses on the right hand side of the top wash, still haven’t learnt to resist the temptation…..so I had another go…. Here I should add that these washes are on hot press paper, smooth, white…so I am learning how the pigment and water flow much more freely….

I’m taking my time with these studies, as in my mind’s eye I have an image for a larger painting, so want to hone my skills before committing to that big, white expanse…

To that end, I am adding the details slowly, slowly, enjoying the way the roses are appearing – well in my mind they are….

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I feel relatively happy with how these are coming along…so again, following Jean’s advice, I will leave them at this point….finishing on a positive note and with something good to look forward to tomorrow!!