Saturday, December 25, 2010
Little Heart's Ease
I've had a lovely day filled with food and gifts and people and feel a bit tired at this point. I think its always the way after the build up to Christmas, then the point when you can finally relax.
I have some sort of bug brewing and haven't been 100% for a couple of days. It the kind of thing that wakes me early, so I take advantage and try to do a little work during the wee hours. It usually catches up with me during the afternoon and I end up napping.
This morning I did some work on a watercolour that I had begun a couple of months ago. Its of a little dory sitting in Little Heart's Ease. Yes, there really is a place with that name! Early morning before the wind has had a chance to come up the water is so still and this little boat floats at its mooring waiting to rowed out into the bay.
Yes, the composition is all wrong. Dead centre seldom works for any composition and this may be cropped to change that. Its not a piece that will be available for sale so the process is the learning element, with not a thought to the final outcome.
This was done on a half sheet - 15" x 22" - of 200lb watercolour paper. Getting even washes of colour over large areas is challenging and the varying changes in light and contrast help break up the larger areas.