Wednesday, 23 November 2016

AVA Catch up: Fungus, Winter, Experimental work

The days get busier and busier, and although I am still painting regularly, I do not seem to find that extra time to keep the blog active. Sadly, I think it will get worse as Christmas approaches!
Anyway, just a very brief catch-up on what has been happening at Avon Valley Artists Group.
Three recent weeks subjects for you to look at.............not all successful, but hopefully interesting.

This is my response to the subject of 'Fungus' I found this interesting purple specimen in a book on the subject and really enjoyed playing with the texture of both the pods and the undergrowth. I especially enjoyed the latter, sticking all sorts of paper, threads and gesso to the paper before starting to paint.

This painting is my response to the subject  'Limited Palette'. We were allowed two tubes, pans or sticks of colour and I used Indigo and Quinachridone gold. There was a lot of masking fluid to start with, as I knew I would not be able to add hightlights with white.
 I did add more white when I got home and a bit of splatter to give a more wintery feel to the painting.

This is my take on our experimental week. We had to include newspaper in the work and there was some confusion about whether we had to cover all the ground with newspaper first, or just parts of it.
I went for a complete sheet which was possibly a mistake, and we could only use black and white and one other colour. I selected Brown Madder, but when starting the painting, I wished I had chosen a more yellow gold pigment. However, the Brown Madder does seem to take it into the surreal which is perhaps no bad thing for experimental work.
I am also disappointed that I covered nearly all the news print. I would have liked to have seen more of it in the finished piece, not just the texture that it created.

Hope you enjoy looking.


  1. Yvonne, your limited palette painting is skillfully done. . . such depth and atmosphere with only two pigments. I'm thoroughly impressed!

    1. Thank you so much Pricilla. Just goes to show what can be produced from 2 tubes. As a flower painter, I have lots of colours in my palette. Perhaps I could abandon a few!!

  2. Hi Yvonne
    I am the project manager fr the somerset suicide bereavement support service and would love to use your cow parsley picture on one of our cards. I cant seem to email you to ask..mine is thank you :)

  3. This is the most beautiful watercolor painting I have seen today and trust me I have seen a lot of the, Great work, Love it!

    1. Thank you so much. Gosh, what a lovely thing to say. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts, I am only sorry that they are less frequent at the moment,

  4. Thank you. For once I was completely satisfied with the fungus.

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