I hit a little bit of in impasse this week. Nothing too dramatic but one upshot was that I found myself quite lacking in inspiration and motivation for painting! A lot of this was due to external factors such as the new start of term and the inevitable new school timetables, drop off times, pick up times, after school clubs and my own gradual phased return to the workplace.
In addition to this ‘new normal’, I’m also trying to dedicate time each day for stretches and exercises. This is already paying great dividends in terms of my recent back injury, but it also seems to have left precious little time for any painting.
Here’s the sum total of this week’s brushwork, which I’m showing not because I’m particularly proud of it, but more to demonstrate quite how off-key I’ve felt about painting this week!
I hope that some of you may, however, have noticed the mount on this?
After last week’s post, I did receive quite a few enquries about whether any of my recent A5 sketches were for sale. Now while they weren’t painted with that intention in mind, I was incredibly flattered by the interest. I wasn’t particularly keen to just tear them out of my sketchbook and stick them in an envelope though, so thought I’d see what they might look like with a mount around them.
The images below aren’t ‘finished’, they’re just the pages of my sketchbook with a mount that I’ve cut to fit into an A4 frame, balanced on top of them! What’s pleasing is that quite a few of them scrub up pretty well with a mount on them!
One thing that I’m going to change straight away as a result of this, is to start painting on only one side of each page of my sketchbook! If I should produce something of any note, then I won’t paint on the reverse.
I haven’t mentioned this in any detail yet – much more to come in a future post – but I have a little exhibition of sorts planned for December and I think these smaller works may be a nice addition to the range of sizes and prices that I already offer.
A new addition to the library
When my interest in watercolour painting was rekindled many years ago, one of the first books that I bought was Ron Ranson’s compilation of ‘watercolour impressionists’. I particularly enjoyed it because it showcased a wide range of artists whose work I found really compelling.
This book was a great introduction to artists that I would go on to spend a lot more time looking at and learning from, most notably perhaps, Edward Wesson, John Yardley, Jack Merriot and Trevor Chamberlain. I have subsequently purchased books by each of these artists.
I can now add the name of Tony Couch to this list. I have recently received his book ‘Watercolor, You Can Do It!’ Now it won’t surprise regular readers to learn that his particular style of painting isn’t as appealing to me as work by a good many other artists. Nevertheless, there’s a lot about his work that I admire and can most definitely learn from. I haven’t had the opportunity to read the book in any detail (please note my comments at the beginning of this post!) but am looking forward to when time permits me to peruse this book more thoroughly!
As ever, if anyone else has any artists or book suggestions that they think might be of interest to me, please do let me know. While I’m fast running out of shelf space for my watercolour books, I always like to think that there’s room for just one or two more!