Teaching Myself Watercolor Painting – Sunset


I am not quite finished with this little painting – 7×10″, but I am happier how it turned out from when I started.  This is another lesson from the book I purchased.  I will be going back to it when it is dry and try to straighten out my chimney pots and telephone pole.  I used all of the colors suggested, except I used Alizarin Crimson instead of Permanent Rose.  Mixing the colors for the silhouette directly on the paper created interesting textures, though the color is not as dark as in the book.  I used a mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Red, but it wasn’t dark enough, so I added Windsor Violet.  I think that if I really want a blackish mix, I would add Burnt Umber to the mix next time, but I am really happy with this for now. Here is the lesson.

???????????????????????????????Sorry about the quality of the photo, but you get the idea.  When I did the first wash, I went in a bit linear with my brush strokes rather than with a sweeping movement going upwards.  The second wash was a bit better.  There was a lot of waiting for paint to dry in-between washes, so I started a sunflower painting from some videos I found on youtube.  I found a Canadian lady who is very informative and has some great demos.  Her name is Angela Fehr.  Check her out.  I found her while trying to find out how to load your brush with water and paint.  You would think my tutor would have explained this by now, but he hasn’t and there is only one more class left to do.  Hey ho!

In any event, I am learning from my books and from the wonderful people out there who post videos on youtube.  Thank goodness for the internet!


A Sunny Day in December!

For the last two weeks I have had the pleasure of driving along the seafront on the way to work.  The reason I say pleasure is that there are no two days alike, so I get to see something different every day!  That certainly makes the drive to work more interesting.  It isn’t practical, or safe, to pull over on the side of the road to take a photo of the frost covered fields, or the beautiful sunrises – but I managed to get out for a walk last Sunday and the weather was glorious!  So, here are some reasons why I love where I live so much.


No post about where I live would be complete without a photo of The Pier.  I love it!  As you can probably see, some other people love it too, because they are doing some work on it!  Look at that wonderful sky, and the flat sea!


What would the seaside be without a few fishing boats to look at?


Or a few lobster pots and fishing nets?


Or the annual Santa Fun Run?


The day might have been a bit nippy, but it was sunny and with no wind!  We finished our walk with a gorgeous sunset and the starlings doing their magic over The Pier. 🙂

A Fine Spring Day

Spring is definitely in the air.  Some days, the weather can’t make up its mind what it wants to do.  Sometimes we get a little bit of everything.

Last Sunday, was a beautiful day.  I went for a walk on the seafront.  Looking towards Beachy Head, there was hardly a cloud in the sky.  Looking towards The Pier, there were masses of clouds.  It didn’t even rain! 🙂

It was a beautiful day for sailing and there were many people walking on the seafront.  There was a lovely breeze and you could taste the sea air.

Wednesday evening, I walked along the seafront after work.  Although we can’t actually watch the sunset over the water, we do get a lovely light in the sky as the sun is going down.

It would be great if we could have sunsets like these every evening.