I enjoy landscapes. Did anyone go for sketching water and a bridge? When we have a heavy rain, Parramatta river will make a fall. I love watching moving water. Its smell and sounds are life. I saw it. Exciting! My motto is "Never miss out an opportunity for drawing." I really wanted to sketch a dynamic water fall! The heavy mud water was rushing through the river, while it was splashing and making bubbles. They made a strong contrast and the colours. It so fascinated me. What a lucky day I had! I worked on sketching nearly in the evening.
The technical point is, really, the amount of water and timing of putting paints, before paper gets too wet or dry. My experience of "waves" at Narrabeen helped to create these sketches (all A4). Creating "washes" and "high light" was a great fun and the pleasure of watercolour! I love them all! I played with paints. Wash, wash, wash and splash, splash, splash! (*Not laundry). The colour of the river water intrigued me most. It was more green with raw sienna than an ocean. The sea shows more blue and the variation of colours such as a mint green/blue, very dark green/blue, grey etc.
You may wonder what about a calm river. I just sketched it a few days before it became wild. It is a fun to sketch a same spot on a different weather. Colour and value are dramatically changing. You cannot imagine a fall and it's colours from this peaceful and quiet river.
Then, yet exciting, sketching is my richest and the most calm time in an outside. It was really lovely to feel water and wind constantly tapping on my own cheeks.
Water always reminds me of life. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is one of my favorite songs. If you have a tough time in life, I'd send you this song.
Drawing of landscapes is fun. A very simple truth in experience is that the more, we draw, the better we do. I'd believe a hard working donkey does more job than a lazy full-blooded horse. It's my comfort and hope in art, for, a word, talent has ambiguity in it.
**Can you believe this? We had four seasons in yesterday : sunshine, roaring thunderstorm, hail and snow pelt us!
Please take care and Happy Painting, Friends!