During our first lockdown my early morning walk would take me past a field of young bulls. The most friendly of them, showing a large resemblance of a Highland Kuh, we christened ‘Dougal’. One day we captured him on camera cheekily peeping over the hedge while munching the flowers.
A long while ago my wife asked me to paint a watercolour matching the colour scheme in her studio. Nothing too heavy, something pretty and simple. She showed me a few images she liked and this is the result.
Girl on the Bridge
Dreaming of a visit to Japan one day when the world has gone back to more normality I painted this scene. Wonder what the girl is dreaming about?
In my never ending quest of trying to become a better artist, I have recently spent a lot of time in researching how others have used the effects of light in their work. Over a period of practice paintings I have increased my knowledge on how to create beautiful light effects in my paintings and today I want to share with you some of my recent works:
Cadiz/Andalusia – original by Mark Gittins
Sunset and Sand – original by JF Dowden
Sunflowers – original by Vincent van Gogh
From a photograph found on Pinterest
Ortakoy Mosque/Istanbul – from a photo by Mytho
Bourla Cafe/Antwerp original by Alvaro Castagnet
From a photograph by Ken Lesley
The creative mind never stops thinking and trying to better itself…I am happy with the outcome of these and hope you like them too.
I recently attended a very enjoyable Watercolour workshop in the Spanish Province of Andalusia with Artist Alvaro Castagnet. I was with a wonderful group of people who shared their appetite of the medium and Alvaro’s special way of painting. He injected into us the roar of the Lion and encouraged us all to paint in our own style using his techniques as a guide-rail. Alvaro is a magician with the paintbrush and taught us to exploit the light and mood of a scene. He inspired us to develop a vision for a painting based upon what we saw and not just paint it.
Cadiz Scene – Original watercolour by Mark Gittins
I have loaded a couple of my own paintings from the course within my gallery page. Above is also one of the scenes I painted from the course.
Alvaro Castagnet in action
Off to paint now putting what I learnt into practise!