Watercolour paintings of the Wyedean
David Brindley 01531 822213
Creating the Original Watercolours
From fieldwork & photography to composition & colour
Although a photo is an artform in its own right I use photography
as a useful resource, helping to gather a wealth of
reference material for future projects. Always travelling with a camera can pay dividends as favourite locations are visited,
new places discovered, each one inspiring new compositions.
"Take one piece of paper and,
metaphorically, punch a hole in it"
That, in essence, is what the artist is
doing when composing a landscape painting.
What looks pleasing on the eye is an important aspect in a composition, inviting the viewer to be drawn in. The composition, the artist's style
and the significance of the location combine to create interest in each landscape painting.
THE ART OF COMPOSITION
Every painting begins with the daunting prospect of staring at a blank piece of paper.
With courage the salient features are
sketched out as a simple pencil outline!
Sky and background blocks of colour are laid using broad brushstrokes to indicate the structure and key areas of the
painting. Most of these early colour washes will be eventually hidden as
more detail is added.
The detail is now introduced, working from light to dark and interpreting the architectural and landscape textures with colour and tonal contrast.
WORKING TOWARDS THE FINISHED WATERCOLOUR
I have found over the years that you should never under-estimate just how much a McVities chocolate biscuit can help an artist!
Tintern Abbey - detail