At the beginning of this week I was delighted to finish after two years home study with London Art College my Watercolour & Gouache Cerficate course with distinction. A huge thankyou to Maggy Roberts my tutor for all your encouragement and continuous support .
I also wanted to thankyou all for your comments on my coursework which i have posted on my blog ..here are a couple of studies I did earlier on in the course exploring various techniques.
"ARTISTI DEL CUORE" - Mostra pro - alluvionati Caldogno
degli annessi Villa Caldogno a Caldogno (Vicenza)
inzierà venerdì 10 Dicembre 2010 alle ore 18:00
finirà domenica 12 Dicembre 2010 alle ore 18:00
"VILLA CALDOGNO" Villa Veneto - Andrea Palladio
.... I wanted to mention this exhibition here...i hope anyone who lives nearby will visit the exhibition this week-end ... I was happy to donate with many other artists a painting today for this exhibition after my local watercolour association Associazione Veneta Acquarello asked members on behalve of Michela Gruppach if they could help .....funds raised from the exhibition will be for the benefit of citizens who lost their homes when the Bacchiglione river flooded in the region of Veneto last month.
The Tower Bissara "Tower Square" is situated alongside the Palliadian Basilica in Piazza dei Signori in the historical centre of Vicenza....it looks incredible at this time of year with all the christmas lights ......this is an intial wash experimenting with "Christmas lights" and night-time view .
The "Radicco Rosso di Chiogga" have a wonderful bitter spicy taste to eat simply as salad or grill ...delicious with pasta and rissotto ....here are two studies i painted last night whilst cooking ..the red leaves with the white veins are really striking .
Maggie Latham had a wonderful idea to start ONE HUNDRED WASHES challenge blog along with other artists i decided to join this challenge which started this month ..... i wanted to mention the blog here and add a link .... which i hope you visit .....i've added a link on my blog list and i'll post my washes as and when i paint them on the page "one hundred washes" which you can find at the top of my blog......thought i'd post my first wash here with a quick "plein air" wash i painted this summer ..... if you would like to join in with the challenge please contact Maggie http://onehundredwashes.blogspot.com/.
................. this weekend we visited a wonderful exhibition of watercolours at the XI Biennale Europea dell'Acquarello in Villa Obizzi in Ablignasegno province of Padova ..i'm sure locally many might be familiar with this event for those who aren't i've added a link where you can read more about the competition, the exhibition and see the prize winners...the exhibition runs until 24th October 2010.
...... over the summer i've been looking at sketches studies and portraits i've painted over the last few years i wanted to share this portrait i painted at the beginning of 2009 of my youngest daugther and her aunt ..they are very close.... at the time i was pleased with it as it was the first time i'd tried to paint a double portrait ..... i painted it in one hit ....i used maimeri cad red raw sienna and cerl blue ... i can see mistakes but i still like this study... i have a lot to learn and hope one day to capture the likeness of my daughters.
this is my intial attempt following Jean's Haines "step by step" The Laird in her new book How to Paint COLOUR & LIGHT in watercolour
no prelimary sketch ..i didn't have white gouache with me whilst we were sailing so didn't add the finishing details .
.....with the long 3 months school summer holidays of my daughters ...i haven't been sketching everyday as i love to do . .. i have had less time for blogging ... just wanted to thank everyone for all your comments and encouragement to date ...and wish you all a wonderful summer (for some winter !)
last w-e we sailed across the Gulf of Trieste to Slovenia ....we walked from Portoroz to Piran.... i wanted to share a few photos of the beautiful old salt warehouses Monfort which stored salt produced in the salines ... ( i hope in the near future to return to see the museum of salt making and the old salines saltpans which are now a nature park ).... one of the warehouses is currently used as gallery space by Oblane Gallerie Piran
this is a crop of an initial watercolour wash on a full sheet i painted last week... it's unfinished ... working at this scale is new for me ..i'm experimenting ...i like the freedom it gives ...i need alot of practice .
At the weekend we visited an exhibition of watercolour flowers by Adrianna Buggino at Lake Garda . Her transparent watercolours are so very beautiful so loose and free ...... here is a link to her site ,