Another watercolour sketch from Mucha’s studio photograph Mother and Child – study for the poster ‘Russia Restituenda’
Pencil line and watercolour in Beta series sketchbook by Stillman & Birn
Charles Reid is my favourite watercolour painter and I’ve been trying to learn from his books for some time now. I wish I could participate in one of his workshops someday! It would be lovely to watch him paint and get to know him…
In his past workshops I’ve read about, he encouraged his students to paint from black and white photographs. I really liked this idea so I will try to do some more watercolour sketches like this in the next couple of days.
For my first sketch I used one of the beautiful photographs by Mucha, taken in his studio – Miss Reichl (Max Reinhardt’s Company’s leading actress) posing for ‘Tragedy’, a German Theatre mural.
Pencil line and watercolour in Stillman & Birn’s Beta series sketchbook.
I’ve just finished painting the Christmas card I’ve made especially for the Winsor and Newton’s Christmas competition. Their Ink competition was such fun I just couldn’t resist taking part in this one
I wish you all happy Christmas preparations!
Watercolour and golden ink on Arches cold pressed paper.
Here are two watercolor Christmas cards I made for Mariengold a couple of weeks ago.
Doing little illustrations and vignettes really helps me relax and take a deep breath between large and complicated paintings. I still have some sketchbooks by Stillman and Birn and I thought it would be fun to fill one of them with lots of small pictures. This time I chose Delta series with lovely ivory paper but I wasn’t sure if it would be easy to work with in the technique that I use. I have to admit I do love this paper! It has enough tooth but it is also very smooth (so great for painting thin lines) and not as harsh on my sable brushes as Arches! Yay!