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Sue Hole

Graphic Designer and Artist

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Fluid painting project by Sue H

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Hello! my name is Sue,

I have always enjoyed painting in Watercolour although I have never really followed any proper Watercolour technique up until now. I think that I have a tendancy to get too hung up on detail and overwork my watercolour paintings. They often then lost their vibrancy and looked dull, so I felt this course would help me loads - which it certainly has!

I also felt I was taking the long way round to get detail marked down which in fact different techniques would save me time and act as shortcuts as such.

I mostly paint landscapes but the course has helped me enjoy painting still life again.
The techniques have also helped me a lot in my landscape work.

Starting off below are my Watercolour examples, using Cling film, Salt and lifting out to create effects:

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I especially enjoyed painting the apple so then went on to find different fruit to paint. I found their colours and textures interesting and used different paint techniques to capture these. I painted a Papaya, a Kiwi and some Cherries as in the header picture at the top of the page.

The following landscape painting was an attempt at a more finished piece, I did intend to include a rusty old tractor in the scene on the right but chickened out, so I hope to have a practice of painting one before I decide whether to paint the same scene again or something similar with one in.

I felt that the lessons have helped me paint more loosely, certainly on areas such as the mountains.

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You can watch me create the above landscape from start to finish in the following video on YouTube:

It is a time lapse video of my painting speeded up to 4 min 46 sec.

I enjoyed painting this piece, I think it has helped loosen up my style, to be more expressive and not overwork the detail too much.

Maybe there is some degree of detailing there still but I do like a small degree of that.
Although I do aim to get even more fluid in style and see where it takes me.

I enjoyed going over colour theory and feel more confident about colours and mixing paints.
I found techniques such for painting the sky and clouds useful and use this a lot in my watercolour work now.

Here is another piece that I have created, which I think this time is certainly more fluid in style than in my previous painting:

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You can also see the above piece as a time lapse video:

This is shortened to 1 min 46 sec

I hope to work on some more pieces again soon.
I have really enjoyed going over the basics of Watercolour and learning how to be more fluid in style. It has also given me confidence to paint without using a pencil which I found scary at first, but it really helps to be more free in style. The tips have been really useful and I shall continue to use these in my work.

Thanks for viewing and reading my project work!

Sue

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