From Bluebells to Clematis

We had an enjoyable workshop yesterday painting the bluebell wood. Everyone did so well even though it’s not the easiest subject. Keeping the delicious blues bright and clean is quite a challenge.

But it’s on to Clematis on a trellis next weekend. I have quite a few growing in my garden and their winding tendrils are starting to emerge, forging their way upwards. The evergreen Armandii is already in flower and the Montanas’ buds are just about to burst open. That’s Spring for you. There’s no holding it back.
The photo here is a ready made composition with the clematis flowers in a nice group of three. I’m going to paint them white though, as this blue (Daniel Deronda) is difficult to make emerge form the background. Unless you put in lots of cast shadows as in this painting.

Impression Bluebells

I’ve been experimenting with wet in wet, watercolour pencils and the bluebells today. I owe my inspiration to one Paul Lovering, an excellent artist/designer. (Check out his work at Flickr Lovering Arts) While cropping my picture in photoshop, I added one or two effects and quite like how it came out! What do you think?


They will be late this year, the bluebells, so we will have to look forward to them as we paint them at the studio workshop on Saturday. We’ll have a go at something like this sketch which is a scene at lovely Coton Manor gardens in Northamptonshire. The bluebell wood there is stunning at it’s beautiful best in May. Clouds of sweet smelling pale blue heavenliness…I do not exaggerate!

Day after the workshop

Had a lovely time at Newark Art Club workshop. Sixteen painters. The pebbles subject made us think a lot about tones, textures and translucent cast shadows. There were some beautiful paintings for our show at the end of the day.

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