Thursday, July 29, 2010

St Pauls watercolour

Using a lot of water and 'free arm movement' as Jean Haines suggests I feel I am finding a way to merge some of my old ways of working into a more colourful and loose style. I still have a way to go, but I like this way of mixing colour on the paper, and by layering the colours without much pre-mixing. You do have to get an idea of how the colours behave in different situations.

Compositionally I decided to paint what happens in your 'minds eye' as you cross millennium bridge and get this view of St. Pauls. The other buildings seem to dis-appear as your mind focuses on the impact of that dome against the sky.


Unknown said...

Those are nice Roy!

Jean Haines SWA, SFP said...

Roy I am THRILLED with what you are achieving and guess what , now I want to paint THAT dome again! Your blue is luscious and you have excitement here in a way that is thrilling so paint more please.After a while you will find painting without a pencil is far easier and the eye sees the shapes more clearly too! Great job!!

Roy Simmons said...

Thanks Pam and Jean!
Jean I hope to see your version of St. Pauls, show me how it's done! I have ordered some larger paper today, so will be painting 'Jean Size' well, 1/2 imperial anyway. Not having a drawing feels like bungee jumping without measuring first!! I think I may bump my head a few times, but its fun! :-)