I’m a little pre-occupied at the moment with a new commission that I’ve been asked to keep hush-hush, so I don’t have a lot of actual painting to share this week. The commission is a present which, although not needed until September, I want to have it sorted out by the end of June if possible. So far I’ve done one take of it and, although passable, I think I can also do better so am going back to the drawing board. I can already tell that this will be a little difficult one to draw a line under as I’ve yet to paint a view that I don’t think can be improved, so the temptation will always be to keep on painting and repainting right through to September!
I have also been managing to keep pace with the 30×30 Direct Watercolour challenge. At the time of writing this, we’re twelve days in and here’s the latest set of images from this project. First, the full sheet:
And a few close-ups…
Assuming I finish this, I’ve decided to call it ‘30 skies of June 2018’. At the moment, I’m enjoying it so much that I might start to do more series like this, or at least look at ways to incorporate these little ditties into my week. I’m really enjoying being able to focus on just a little detail of sky without concern for anything else. It’s also amazing just how much colour variation and subtleties you start to see once you start looking more closely.
Each of these takes only a matter of minutes to do. Sometimes I’ve returned to one if it’s needed to dry out a little, but on whole, each one is done in one take. As this sheet is gradually filling up, I think it’s developing into quite a nice series. I’m also really hopeful that these little exercises will inform and contribute to how I tackle skies in my larger works too.