I have felt out of sorts today and spent some time reading work stuff in the thin winter sunshine. And I had a snooze in the sun. Then I decided my soul craved watercolour so I went down to the pipe. The waves were really good but it looked a bit crowded so I put larger sheet on my box and did this:
it is 280x380mm (twice the size I have been doing) 300g Arches Cold Pressed. It is dark outside so I may take another better photo of the painting tomorrow.
The scene was interesting when I arrived, with a large cloud stretching over the Western sky behind me, creating shade on the mountains. The cloud cleared as I started to paint. Then all of a sudden the sky exploded in a riot of pinks, pearls and orange – I just could not keep up, though I captured some. And the beach took on oranges and glittering blue shadows. Whoosh – what a show!
Oh yes and I held the brushes right at the back – it just kind of feels right. On the way home I had an idea. Maybe I should take a big board and do a full sized sheet and paint with my squirrel mop and 12 round sables – heh heh – if it turns into a mess I will just cut it up and paint smaller watercolours on the other side.