04 June 2012

Water birds in watercolour

Hello again!

One of the artists that I most admire (and there are many) is Jean Haines. I find her watercolour paintings just fascinating. I've been reading her first book, How to paint colour and light in watercolour, and decided I'd have a go based on sketches of some of my own ref photos.

 Grey heron, quarter sheet

Little egret, quarter sheet.

And the sketches I based them on:

One of my bad habits in watercolour is impatience, so I decided to paint these two at the same time - one could be drying while I was painting the other, and I switched between them to let the washes dry. Cunning plan, I'll do that again I think! And both were painted with no preliminary drawing - something I never imagined I'd be doing...

I think I'll be buying Jean's new book too...

A quick edit - I've just noticed that this is my 200th post! Fabulous!


  1. Hi Sharon,
    I've just discovered your blog and your wonderful art. I see that you've read Jean Haines book, I recently read that too - so inspiring! I'm going now to read some of your earlier posts.

    1. Hi Jane, I'm so pleased you've found your way here, hope you enjoyed browsing through some of the older posts!

      I've just popped over to your blog - love your portraits, your latest cat wc sketches are lovely. And I see you are an avid sketcher, yay ;-)

      So, happy sketching, see you around the blogosphere :-)


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