Saturday, October 06, 2007

Poppy Field


Watercolour - Cartiera Magnani 9" x 4.5" 140lb block

In this week's lesson, Gabriele demonstrated his way of capturing a field of poppies in watercolour. I haven't nailed it yet but I think come Spring I will at least be game try a poppy landscape.

Gabriele prefers subtle colour. He discourages pure greens - or pure anything really. It's a bit of a struggle for me, particularly after recently being so influenced by Shirley Trevena's Vibrant Watercolours!

Working wet on wet on this paper gives a very furry blotting paper effect. Not exactly what I was after.

10 comments:

sognatrice said...

This is so pretty. I particularly love how the roof highlights are echoed in the field. Just lovely.

Robyn said...

Thank you Sognatrice. I guess you are also pretty familiar with the real thing.

Katherine said...

Looking pretty good to me.

I guess the thing to do is read the books and take the lessons and store it all away and mull it over and eventually THE REAL ROBYN will come out and start doing it her way!

mARTa said...

each one gets better and better...molto bello!

Joan said...

Bellissima!! I love the way the poppies came out, as well as the Tuscan house and the cypress trees. Can I come and paint them with you in the Spring? I'm going to Spain & Germany tomorrow for a few weeks. I can't wait to see what you'll have done while I'm gone. Ciao!!

Laureline said...

I agree with Katherine. This is lovely, but I sense the Robynian exuberance will erupt soon, like an underground mountain spring bursting forth after a long freeze. You'll be able to take what is good for you from these lessons and adapt it to your own style and personality.
Well done, my buddy.

brian nelson said...

Beautifully done! I love seeing the sights from your walks!

caseytoussaint said...

This may not be what you're looking for, but it's very effective. I think Katherine and Laura are right - you will incorporate something of Gabriele's style into your work, but it will become uniquely yours.

Karen Cole said...

Love the shape of the trees. You really were able to convey the softness of the landscape vs. the hard texture of the roof. I'd call this a really successful piece, Robyn.

Africantapestry said...

A nice painting on your learning curve Robyn. I'm looking forward to seeing how you use some of these techniques in your own paintings!
Ronell

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