I had fun tonight at Rachel’s art class! But I was not playing! I was investigating: I was experimenting: I was developing new techniques: but I was not playing!
Rachel has been covering mixed techniques recently – watercolour washes with ink detail, and collage with paint for example. For reference, I took down to the college a couple of seascape photos I took in Yalta (Ukraine) over Easter, on our Black Sea cruise.
I had intended adding texture with some torn newspaper strips but before I did this I decided to use a foam sponge roller to add some base colours, blues at the top and browns at the bottom. This is the first time I have used one of these rollers, and I loved the result! Lovely texture! So I abandoned the collaged newspaper strips. (These rollers are dirt cheap. Must get some.) This is the point I should have taken the first of a series of photos of the painting – but I didn’t.
“Right,” says Rachel, “the challenge is to finish the painting without using a brush!” OK, thinks I. So I added the spray with a smaller foam roller before using an old credit card to add the rocks, jetty and foreground figure. I had to use a small foam spreader for the lighthouse but that was the nearest I got to a brush.
Here’s the final result:
Now the only question is should I change my name to SeascapesBrit or do you think Philippa has the rights to the franchise?