Saturday morning and four of us set off for a morning painting in the local countryside. After a glorious few days sunshine we were looking forward to practicing our watercolour landscape painting
A rather wet day out on the Magog Down, just outside Cambridge. A chalk hill with views across the surrounding fields and over the city.
I like to start by quickly sketching a couple of views this gives me a feel for the area I would like to paint,
and I can start to resolve a few questions about composition and colour range.
Thankfully the rain eased off and the fields were lit with sunshine.
I concentrated on a few washes of grey mixed from cerulean blue and orange
and as the clouds break a glimpse of bright blue.
I let the wet washes of the trees settle and when the paper is still damp added a brighter green which bled into the mix.
I mixed the ochre and green and using a Chinese brush laid an impression of the sloping fields.
In this second sketch I worked in a hint of the grass meadow in the foreground and a hawthorn hedge.
This is a painting of the Magog Downs from last October from field sketches, I find it helpful to make drawings, colour sketches and take photos before painting back in my studio.