Good morning everyone. This is the first quick watercolour I did from a little book I have just bought. ’30 Minute Landscapes ‘ by Paul Talbot- Greaves and I can thoroughly recommend it. Actually, I had a couple of recommendations from friends. And as Paul is a brilliant, local artist, I thought I would treat myself and support him too! As you may know, I use watercolour paint for little plein air sketches. But I’m really self taught and I started to feel a bit dissatisfied with the direction my paintings were taking. So, I was ready to learn and experiment with new techniques.
To be more specific, in this sketch I learned how to make the last layer of background recede in a subtle way. That is, by adding a wash of light red plus cobalt blue over the base colour. Also, I understood the importance of using increasingly small brushes for the branches and twigs of the tree.
Next I tried my hand at this sunlit, summer scene and I really enjoyed the challenge of portraying trees loaded with foliage. In this exercise Paul taught me how to put down the first wash of green with other colours subtly mixed in. For example, sap green, lemon yellow and ultramarine blue. Surprisingly, this makes the end result (after adding more layers) more vibrant. In addition, I tried stippling darker colours into the mass of leaves to show shade. Of course, you use the tip of the brush to dot the paint on. In fact, I was delighted with these two exercises and I can’t wait to attempt more . And I think this studying is changing the way I paint my own subjects – in a good way. What do you think?
Putting New Techniques into Practice
If you would like to see more of my quick sketches, there’s loads on my Instagram margaret hall fine art
11 Replies to “Learning New Techniques in Watercolour”
Yes, this little book is a gem! Please convey my thanks to the author. His color choices were very informative, and I learned so much when I recently sat down to follow along with the instructions in this book.
I agree, it’s a brilliant book. If I see Paul again I will certainly tell him how much his teaching has helped us both.
The new sketches are showing new direction. very nice
Thank you, Vivienne. It’s nice to feel I can move my watercolour skills on a bit.
This is so fun reading about your experiments with Paul’s book – and I very much like your last posted image “Down by the Bridge” – beautiful! ❤️
I can really recommend this book. The countryside around the bridge painting is one of my very favourite places – and only a few miles away!
So nice to have places you like to paint nearby, a salvation sometimes! Book looks “very” nice, glad you linked to it! 😊
I like this new direction Margaret. Very nice 🙂
Thank you! I must admit that painting in watercolour gets crowded out by other media. But, when I have time, I try to learn a bit more.
Always good to learn new skills 😉