Splash® 2018 - Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition




"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.

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