Thinking about colours

I drew the sketch above in Dulwich Park a couple of weeks ago, in early February. At this time of year, a quick sketch is all that is practical to do out of doors, but I have now used this sketch to make three different versions in watercolour. I usually paint using a primary triad – that is obviously red, yellow and blue – mixing all the other colours from these three. But they do not have to be the same three pigments, and there are many options to choose, which may be warmer or cooler colours, or creating a darker or lighter effect. In particular, these pictures use three different blues: French Ultramarine, Cerulean, or Winsor Blue. Here are the three images with their varying palettes.

Trying a new approach

I continue my aim to do a quick flower sketch every day during the January lockdown. Lately I have been trying different media combined with watercolour. Here are three simple flower pictures, drawn from life, which use watercolour with oil pastel. The strong colours and more chunky form of the pastels encourage a bolder approach. I am learning from this every day.

A virtual trip to New Delhi

The sketch above, in sepia ink, was done sitting in the Lodi Gardens in New Delhi in 2014. Today, I visited New Delhi again, more or less. This was as part of a virtual world cruise run by Urban Sketchers Oxford, with sketches posted on their Facebook page. As meeting in groups to sketch on location is neither legal or safe at the moment, the core activity of Urban Sketching groups cannot happen. Groups have found a variety of alternatives. Members of the Oxford group have made virtual visits to other places such as Singapore and Sydney. Having been to Delhi, real world version, I thought I would have a go. Here are two versions of one of the most famous landmarks, the India Gate. The first is done in chinagraph pencil, the second is an attempt at a freer watercolour style, trying to find an alternative to too much architectural line drawing.