Monday, October 8, 2012

In the Manner of John Blockley

Going back to basics.  I have only taken a handful of watercolor classes. So I am now looking at the basics again and have started reading "Getting Started with Watercolor" by John Blockley who is a watercolorist from England.  This is a book that Frank Bettandorf gave me.  Anyway this is a painting I did of JM Cellars from a photograph but really working on values limiting the use of color and following the process that John Blockley uses.    What I like about this is that it gets me beyond sketching exactly what I see.  But works on observation of light, value and simplifies information.  It is not so literal.  Restricted use of color also pulls the painting together.  It looks great behind glass by the way.

1 comment:

  1. You don't seem to have any problem keeping the strong light even though you have added a touch of color to the white. Very nice! What kind of brush are you using and is this bigger than a sketch? I recently found a couple of Kolinsky brushes that I hadn't used for a while and love the amount of paint they hold.