Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weekend Watercolouring...

Seems like the only time I have (or have the energy) for painting is on the weekends. Lately they have been busy with family Thanksgving and visits, so I haven't been in the studio much. Now that the weather is turning cooler, I look forward to more of my favourite pastime!

Today I decided to go through some of the photos Pat and I took while out on a nature walk a couple of weeks ago. There were some beautiful red berries that caught my attention, so decided to give them a go.

Using the photo as reference, I did a very quick pencil sketch. I then deepened some of the values and will use the sketch as a guide. I loosely traced my sketch onto the backside of some Arches 140 cp paper. (My favourite!)

Here is my studio set up. I am mostly using my sketch as a reference and only peeking at the ref. photos occasionally. There is my one and only brush that I will be using! You can see an open book by Ann Blockley that I have out as inspiration. Love her work!

I'm loving the reds of the berries so far!


  1. Great sketch, lovely composition and you are of to a fantastic start!

  2. Thanks Krista! I hope to get back to it tomorrow...I like to paint in the morning, so I'll try to get up and at it bright and early!

  3. Patty, that's an American Cranberry bush and your painting is going to look a jillions times better than any Am Cran I painted! Beautiful start so far.

  4. Deb, I wondered if that was what this plant was, but wasn't sure. I have been thinking of your beautiful paintings, and that I could never paint this subject as well you did!!

  5. Patty
    Great work!!!!

  6. Thanks so much for visiting my blog Juankar! I think your paintings are fantastic!