Watercolour and Pen (continued)
This is one of the views that I regularly enjoyed as a student at Capernwray Hall in the north of England. I took the original photograph in the late-afternoon sun when the landscape was ablaze with vibrant colours. I felt very daring painting with such bright, bold colour. But, looking at the finished work, I am pleased that I was able to capture that “magic moment”. I am particularly pleased with the effect of the sun-light flooding through the glass of the lamppost, helping it to shine even before dark sets in.
This piece was the first work that I did following my time at Capernwray Bible School. The subject is a large, welcoming tree close to Capernwray Hall. Many students happily spent time in its branches reading, praying or chatting. One friend named it “The Thinking Tree”, hence the title of this piece. The background is drenched in sunlight while the foreground is refreshingly shady. The tree beckons the viewer to come and take refuge in its branches and hide away from the busyness of life for a while.
This piece was the third artwork that I did depicting a scene from Capernwray Hall. I think that the tyre swing is actually hanging from the same tree that featured in “The Thinking Tree” artwork.
This piece was my first attempt at combining pen-work with watercolour. A colleague and friend had suggested this, and he also provided the photo following a trip to the UK. Breamore House is situated in The New Forest in England. I fell in love with the red brick-work and the tall chimneys. The hints of blue suggest rain is not far away.
This is the largest work I have done to date combining pen-work with watercolour. My favourite parts of this piece are the entry-way with its depth and the clouds that almost seem to be in motion.
Heaven Softly Descending
The Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda (2016) 41 x 28.5 cm
A glorious scene where sunlight streamed through the whole landscape, lifting the thoughts heavenward.
Streets of Gold
Sherbrooke (2016) 41 x 28.5 cm
This work was commissioned as a companion-piece for 'Autumn Walk'. It is of the same street, looking in the opposite direction.