martedì 28 febbraio 2012

lunedì 27 febbraio 2012

pungitoppo - butcher's broom


© JANE MINTER
"pungitoppo" # 3
berry 
section of watercolour study 


© JANE MINTER
"pungitoppo" # 3
watercolour study 
32 x 41 cm 
initial wash + cling film 



© JANE MINTER
"pungitoppo"# 2 
 butcher's broom 
ruscus aculeatus
watercolour sketch painted from life no pencil 
 .....small simple sketch of  a single stem of  the everygreen scrub
  showing red berry and tiny  flowers of butcher's broom. 


© JANE MINTER
"pungitoppo" # 1
initial watercolour study crop
32 x 41cm
initial wash salt + cling film 



....posting a few recent sketches and studies of butcher's broom  "pungitoppo" that grows wild in our garden and in the woods.

venerdì 24 febbraio 2012

Castello di Romeo



© JANE MINTER
"Castello di Romeo"
Castelli di " Romeo e Guiletta" # 1
Castles of Romeo and Juilet
Montecchio Maggiore - Vicenza - Italy
32 x 41cm 
plein air watercolour sketch


© JANE MINTER
"Castello di Romeo"

initial watercolour wash plein air

Shakesphere wrote his tradegy Romeo and Juilet (1596)  based on the novel of  Luigi Da Porto ( 1485 - 1529) of Vicenza   . The castles of Romeo and Juilet built  in 975 are claimed to be the inspiration for Luigi Da Porto's novel and legend of Romeo and Juilet. 

sabato 18 febbraio 2012

colour theory

"colours"
watercolour tubes

Maggie Latham has  started  "Exploring Colour in watercolour " tutorials on her blog ....below is the link to  Maggie Latham's Art blog and recent post where you can read more.

http://maggielathamfineart.blogspot.com/2012/02/exploring-colour-in-watercolour-1.html



FUM + cad yellow + cad red  (W&N) 
COLOUR TRIANGLE
W&N French  Ultramarine 263  - transparent - granulating 
W&N Cad yellow 108 - opaque 
W&N Cad red  094 - opaque 

Although I 've made lots of colour wheels and swatches in the past ...I decided it would be invaluable learning experience to start working again on the basic colour wheels  with combinations and variations of the three  primaries red + yellow + blue based on Maggie's initial colour tutorials... yesterday I systematically made about 15 small simple colour triangles to keep as references  .. .....here are a few examples



cerl blue (W&N) + yellow orche( Maimeri) + Burnt Sienna  (W&N)
COLOUR TRIANGLES 


I've been re- reading a chapter on World of colour - Painting Triangles  "Watercolour Painting" by Jean Louis Morelle which is  fascinating . Nita's Leland's "Exploring Colour" and "confident COLOUR " are also both great reference books.


mercoledì 15 febbraio 2012

white + brown vases


© JANE MINTER
"brown + white vases" 
watercolour study i
32 x 41cm
work in progress 
wet on dry + wet in wet  ....painting from life ...no pencil 

"work in progress "... I would have liked to have kept working on this whilst the paper was still wet  but had to stop painting at this point   ...will paint another study based on this initial study .




© JANE MINTER
"brown  vase /bottle " 
watercolour study ii 
crop
work in progress 
wet on dry + wet in wet  ....painting from life 


adding the next study with my original  post .....a crop of just the brown vase /bottle playing with blues in the bg

sabato 11 febbraio 2012

martedì 7 febbraio 2012

watercolour brushes

© JANE MINTER
"watercolour brushes"
watercolour sketch
31 x 42 cm

I have a large collection of old jam jars to keep my brushes and which I use as water containers ...posting a   quick sketch of a few watercolour brushes in a jam jar with no preliminary pencil sketch .

domenica 5 febbraio 2012

old enamelled cast iron sink



© JANE MINTER
"old enamelled cast iron sink"
32 x 41 cm 
watercolour study 



....couldn't resist painting this study of an old enamelled cast iron sink which I chose and interpreted  from one of the many course reference photos...this was my  last lesson of the course with Marina Macolin .

giovedì 2 febbraio 2012

water lily

"water lily"
watercolour  
32 x 41 cm 
inspired by photo by Marina Macolin



....posting a watercolour  study from my penultimate watercolour lesson  with Marina .

colour swatches


© JANE MINTER
colour swatch iii
small watercolour wash 


© JANE MINTER
colour swatches 
small watercolour washes