Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How to paint Ullswater Daffodils

Wordsworth Daffodil poem is 200 years old today, so had to go and see these little beauties on the shores of Ullswater. I love painting this scene and feel it's the start of Spring, even with gale force winds and fresh snow on the tops forecast. I managed a quick sketch of the distant fells and came back to work in the warmth of my studio!
 A limited palette of colours, was used to paint  Ullswater Daffodils in watercolours, a loose wet in wet approach in the distance and warmth hues with more detail in the foreground trees.
 Bright Primary Yellows are used for the Daffodils and Winsor Blue helps give strength and tonal values to the grasses and leaves.
 Ullswater Daffodils is the first project painting on my 2nd Online course and it's a wonderful colourful tour around other Lakeland scenes for the six projects 'Tarn Hows and Buttermere in Winter, a walk onto the fells above Windermere in Autumn, down on the shores of Derwentwater and a walk through a Bluebell wood at Grasmere. If you fancy learning a few new techniques in watercolour and would like to sign up for my Online watercolour course.
Or if you fancy outdoor painting in the Lake District I have places available on Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th June this course is based at Grasmere and we will be painting Rydal water suitable for beginners and Intermediate

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Sharp Edge, Blencathra

Sharp Edge, Blencathra Stage One
Alfred Wainwright the famous Lakeland walker writes  'Sharp Edge is a rising crest of naked rock of sensational and spectacular appearance a breath taking wave carved in stone' I couldn't agree more!
We walked up Blencathra early in February, I did have my sketch book ready, but the wind was so strong I could barely hold the camera steady. I did spot a lone walker heading his way towards the ridge, a crazy idea on such a wild day.
But what a joy to come back and paint this dramatic spear of rock, with the sunlight accentuating it's ridges and shadows. I love to paint many different scenes that catch my eye, but a ridge like this really gives you something to get you teeth into!!!
The pastels have been brought out recently and having a break from them and re kindled my love for them. They are the dirty and messy to work with but can produce some super effects.
I worked on 'Sharp Edge' in quite a methodical approach applying the pastel colour directly on the paper with shapes and marks. With only blending happening in the clouds.

Sharp Edge, Blencathra
Painted in Pastels

Friday, 13 March 2015

A painting challenge in Keswick

I'm enjoying watching Painting Challenge on BBC1 there are some things I find a little harsh and wonder if some of the students will ever paint again. It's fantastic to see people out in the field been challenged even by giant Chess pieces! It's great what you do learn from watching other artists work. I often find myself watching a total beginner with no ideas of rules, apply paint and something magical will happen. Painting is a challenge, it's not just a click of a button and a picture is taken.
A painting can be so simple with just a few marks of beautiful colour.

Dusk painted in Watercolours
I love the simplicity of this watercolour. Allowing the colours to merge together and using a limited palette to create a harmonizing peaceful scene.
Sitting beside the lake watching the peace!! is important for artists, and such a joy.

Just a few steps away another beautiful scene is beckoning to be painted. I love the tree shapes in this view and often sit and watch and listen to the birds on Lords Island. Again I think this shouts 'Get your watercolours at the ready'
What ingredients do you need to Create a painting
Atmosphere, Harmony, Composition, Light and the need to create!

Taking a photo, is an art though. I'm not sure I would win any awards, but I love this little fella framed in the tree.
If you fancy a day painting beside Derwentwater
either small group or one to one prices from £75.00
Gift vouchers  are available for presents.
Email lakelandart@hotmail.co.uk for more details.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Three paintings of three seasons.

I've had all three painting mediums out this week getting ready for an exhibition at Grasmere over the Easter Week. Monday started with watercolours taking a walk through an Autumn Wood. I used a very limited palette of colours to give the painting more drama and harmony.
Afternoon Stroll
Painted in Watercolours
For sale at Grasmere Exhibition.
Wednesday had me finishing an Oil I've been working on.
A reminder of a Summers day in Italy, quite enjoyable to paint on a lousy wet March day.
I used Williamsberg Oils for this study.
 My main aim was capturing the vivid Red Poppies swaying in the field, light on the trees and distance of the field without too much detail.
Italian Poppies
Painted in Oils
For sale.
Finally at the end of the week. The pastels came out and P400 pastel paper which I've not used for at least a year. And it seems like I have painted three seasons in a week!!!
 I've made a bit of a start but with quite a way still to go, on this scary ridge.
I'm hoping to capture Light, drama and thrilling atmosphere! All with pastels and great faith!!
A quick update on courses in Grasmere
May is fully booked
 Monday 22nd to 25th June and Monday 12thto 15th October  both have a few spaces including double or single en suite rooms for more details www.lakelandartcourses.co.uk

Friday, 27 February 2015

How to paint a Lakeland stream with watercolour and pastel

Stage One Watercolours
I set myself and the Wednesday art group a real challenge
with this demonstration painting.
 A Lakeland stream with flowing water.
Starting with shades of Naples yellow with hints of Permanent Rose added, these were painted swiftly into the background and sky area. Ultramarine was added for shadows. Working with warmer and brighter shades into the middle ground. The wall was loosely painted in with Naples yellow and shadows of Ultramarine and Permanent Rose helped to give it structure. The white of the paper was left in many areas and touches of masking fluid helped to define the running water.
Many rocks were painted, maybe a few too many!
Along the way colours were added into the stream, Phlalo Green with touches of Ultramarine and Winsor Violet all helped to create a flash flood in the Borrowdale Valley!

Stage Two
I strengthened with stronger tones of colour tying to capture light and dark areas, but at the same time creating a running river. At this stage I started to add pastels. Mainly inscribe and a few Unison. Thinking along the lines of creating flecks of light in darker areas.

Stage Three
I worked into the background first, dragging the pastel on the side helped to achieve rough ground and scree areas in the Fells. A couple of trees helped with the direction of light and shadows. The old wall was bought to life with a few cream pastels for lighter areas that would catch the sun and a dark purple was used for shadows in the wall. Emeralds, aqua and soft blue greens all helped to show the direction of the water flow. Finishing with white pastel laid heavy in places to show the white foam catching the light.

Bubbling Stream, Seathwaite
Painted in Watercolour and Pastel
If you fancy a watercolour painting course in the Lake District
I have one organised from Monday 22nd to 25th June staying at the Glenthone, Grasmere
Each day we will be painting outdoors discovering beautiful areas of the Lake District just waiting to be painted. The price £395.00 per person staying in en suite accommodation with full board.
To book a place please get in touch or
 for further information lakelandart@hotmail.co.uk

Thursday, 19 February 2015

How to simply paint beautiful landscapes in watercolor

Blea Tarn painted in Watecolours
This painting features in the First Online Watercolour course. It's a lovely landscape scene with a limited warm Palette of colours. The mountains are painted simply but with atmosphere. Creating atmosphere is not always easy especially in watercolours, but I have a good fool poof way that enables you to start painting atmosphere.
 It's not something you can buy in a bottle from the Art Store!
The Trees are painted easily with a sponge, but this needs a few techniques to get it just right and of course we need the gaps in foliage for birds to fly through! and nest of course at this beautiful setting.
I'm an email away when you get stuck with colours or brushes or any positive feedback.

I've designed the course for anyone, who loves to paint. I've had students from America, Italy, Canada, Australia and even Ambleside!
 With ages from a keen thirteen to a fun and inspiring eighty five.
Some people take a few weeks and some a few years

We use not just brushes to paint a scene, palette knifes, credit cards and wax all help to create a colourful journey

Reflections are simply brushed in, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
If you would like to sign up for the course or know someone that has a creative ambition that needs a helping hand, send me an email to get started or for more information  lakelandart@hotmail.co.uk
Online Watercolor Course
Six projects, sketches, colour tags, material list and Personal feedback
Price £55

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Painting Spring Flowers in Watercolor

Spring is on it's way, which means lots of beautiful flowers to paint, time to
get the primary colours out. I love painting flowers, especially when you have a vase
of pretty blooms  next to you, they can be extremely  challenging!! But great fun
The problem I find is not getting enough tonal values and the colour Yellow is a prime example!
I do think it makes a good couple of hours watercolour practise. I applied washes with lots of water onto the Arches not paper. Clean water at all times, thought about colour complimentary and light next to dark.

First Tulips Watercolour
My online watercolour course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn techniques on
how to paint with watercolor, it covers many different scenes, colour mixing, tonal values and creating atmosphere to name just a few.
It can be completed anywhere and in your own time with lots of personal
 feedback to help you along the way.
Each course costs £55.00 and contains Six projects which include sketches, colour tags and a helpful material list.
For more information send me an email lakelandart@hotmail.co.uk