Objective: from Marion’s photo and line drawing of a Balmain house, transfer the image onto watercolour paper by tracing it. Paint in the house then set it in an imagined landscape maintaining the perspectives established for the house.
Colours: yellow ochre, Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and its complimentary colour Cadmium Red.
Technique: I painted the house with an all over wash of Raw Sienna, then a second wash of the same colour to define the shaded side of the house. Detail was added glazing with tones of Ultramarine Blue. A wet on wet background wash of Ultramarine blue and Sienna was used for both the sky and gardens leaving a wide zigzag path to draw the viewers eye up to the house. I finished the gardens loosely as I tend to over work fine detail. I experimented with dark tones in the left mid foreground hoping it would not overpower the house. And added a touch of cadmium orange as a highlight near the house. A large unsightly blue blob in the sky I tried to minimise by making it into a tree.
Sadly this exercise brings to an end Marion’s 6 week watercolour course. It has been an absorbing experience and one I look forward to enjoying again. I have learnt a lot, I particularly liked the more complex exercises that ran over 2 weeks and gave me time to absorb and think about what we were trying to achieve. Many thanks for another great course Marion.