Amongst all of the other kit decisions I had to make ahead of embarking on the TGO Challenge this year was the one about art kit – what to take ? what would I be likely to use ? was it even worth bothering ? In the end I stuck to my usual approach of a small box of watercolours, a couple of pens and brushes, something to hold some water, a paperback journal (which I was taking anyway to keep notes in), and a few sheets of watercolour paper in a case I got the urge to do anything more than a quick sketch (which I didn’t).
On the Challenge
I found a couple of opportunities to make a few marks on paper, but generally I found that the views worth capturing didn’t coincide with times it was convenient to sit down for half an hour or so to capture them. So I took loads of photos, the intention being to work on a few things once back home.
The couple of sketches I did do on the crossing itself were more with a thought to making notes about the scene than to be any good as artworks in their own right. They were thus:
Not fully decided about what I wanted to produce from the 300+ photos I took, I went off in several directions, experimenting with inks and watercolour to see what I felt I was happiest with the results from:
The more abstract watercolour was fun but this is one of those things where you paint 3 or 4 pictures to get one you’re happy with. There’s so much temptation to just run one more swirl of colour across the paper. This is the type of painting you embark on knowing you’re not fully in control of what’s happening. Knowing when to stop is key.
I also started working on a couple of larger acrylic and texture pieces – more about these in later posts.
I’m planning to convert several more of my photos into artworks, and at the moment I think I’m going to try to aim for a set of watercolours, and hopefully enough for this year’s Christmas calendars. Having picked up my watercolours again after a bit of a hiatus, I found I’ve sort of rediscovered a love for this medium that got briefly eclipsed by the excitement of all the more abstract textured stuff I’ve been doing recently. Probably just as well – I’m due to be teaching a watercolour class next month!