“Many happy holidays were spent around the shores of Lake Brunner with family and arty friends. The colours and atmosphere are almost indelible.With almost every painting l do, l plan the composition first, then decide on my colour palette which was cobalt blue dark, raw umber, a splash of yellow and indigo for the darks. The most difficult and stressful part was the reflections where, because l was working very wet on wet, the pigment had to be so strong. I have to confess to using an opaque white for breeze lines. It was a happy experience when it all worked. You all know the feeling!”
Rain over the Thames Estuary
"Rain over the Thames Estuary" - The French Art Shop People’s Choice Award, Splash® 2018 - Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition
Having in the past done the nude figure, the still life and the flowers there is nothing quite like the rush of adrenalin when l see a simple dramatic sky/land scene. Rain over the Thames estuary (from a pic by Bernadette Parsons) had all those elements. The initial form lines were simple – almost vertical moving storm meeting horizontal tidal flats. l planned the hard and soft edges and the colour palette of Faience blue, indigo, golden lake, raw umber and a touch of Dragon’s Blood and purple. The hard white edges offset the graded washes. It’s a great feeling when it works first time.