Saturday, 7 February 2009

Painting in the village

This turned out to be a three-day work, with more reflective and 'tweaking' time, checking tonal values and touching up details. It is 22"x17.5" on Fabriano Artistico hot press (heavy, I think 480gms) unstretched paper.

It came together much faster than I expected, but I didn't let myself get tied up in the details on the buildings. As it is I think it has a slight fairy-tale quality to it.


  1. Kay,
    This is wonderful painting and process. I visited your website too and it has lovely paintings. Hope to see more and more paintings on your blog.

  2. Hi Kay..wowo..what a nice painting. Me Deen fro Golden Sand, Malaysia. I like all your painting. Cool. Me ammateur artist from village. Ok see my painting too.


  3. Hello,
    I saw your comment and after perusing your website and blog, was so flattered that you asked to paint the photo as you are very talented!
    Feel free to paint the figs if you like. I'm sure that they'll look even better on canvas than they did on the plate. And thanks for stopping to ask permission!

  4. This is a lovely painting.. I like the warmth this painting reflects.. I have not worked with watercolors much. I intend to attend an art workshop to work on watercolors and drawing..

  5. What a lovely scene. I really like the atmospheric perspective you achieved with the far hills.

  6. Thanks to everyone for your comments. I have a terrible confession to make; I hadn't seen the comments until now, as for some reason I didn't get notification of them the way I do for my other more personal "friends, family and sometimes painting" blog which you are welcome to visit although the paintings are well buried in my daily ramblings

    Nancy, the scenes are of where I live now - I took a leap of faith and moved to the other side of the world. It is challenging but I have no regrets at all.

  7. Rosa, I have been drooling over those figs as I look at my barren tree in its winter state! One painting coming up... when it is done I will send you a photo! Many thanks for permission to use your luscious photograph.

  8. Taa, if you don't manage to make it to Italy to my classes, here is something to remember. Watercolour painting is all about water... let the water do the work! Drop your colours into the water and see what happens... wet a part of the paper, try different amounts of water... don't push the pigment around with a brush, drop it into the water on your paper and let the water carry it. Good luck!