Quick watercolor of rocks and grass Upstate. Used vintage Rembrandt watercolor and water brush in Stillman & Birn Delta.
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Rock Study – Inktense on HP Paper
Another attempt to learn from past masters. This is a rock study by JD Harding done in the mid 1850s. He seems to have used rocks and water, a lot, to “anchor” the trees in his landscapes. I find rocks very hard to draw/paint but studying these old paintings and sketches has got to help.
Rocks at South Queensferry – Watercolour
I have spent the best part of a week trying to paint rocks. You might think such basic things would be easy but I have found out otherwise. Lots more practise is needed, (and patience).
This scene, which is part of a larger painting, is on the beach next to the Forth Rail Bridge at South Queensferry on the east coast of Scotland. Its quite a barren and rocky place with loads of shapes to tease. The romantic in me realises that these boulders will probably have witnessed, among other things:
One of the furthest north settlements, by the Roman army, as early as the 1st century.
Queen Margaret, in the 11th century, crossing the Forth at this point on her way to build Dunfermline Abbey
The surrender of the German High Seas fleet in 1918 which steamed past this point and later headed to Scapa Flow where it scuttled itself.
The first air raid of WW2, September 1939, when Luftwaffe aircraft tried to sink ships next to the bridge.
Aye, if only these stones could talk.
Stormy Rocks – Watercolour
The wind doesn’t only flatten trees but stirs up some waves. This was painted after observing the shore near Dunbar, East Lothian, just before Christmas.
This is from a pic I took while I was out in Tuscon last spring. I drove up Mt Lemmon and hiked around the rocks and saw this twisted mesquite bush growing out of the rocks. I snapped a pic and just not got around to painting it. I used a #3 Micron pen and watercolor for this one.
This is a quick Sketch I did When I was on my canoe trip .I wasent able to draw much while there, mostly because you either have no time to do anything but set up the tents and eat before dark or I was just too tired. But I still did this one, this is a nice spot that i found right on the side of the river. The trees are on an island and on either side are huge CIII rapids which we had spent nearly half the day running ( there were about 4 sections of it)