Teddington Lock and Weir
With the Dodgers to Teddington Lock and Weir. The uppermost point of the tidal Thames. One of my favourite locations and a couple more sketches. Trying out a technique seen in the Dulwich Gallery exhibition of John Singer Sargent watercolours - bold brush strokes rolling around each other. he uses different colours; I wasn't courageous enough but its a new learning curve.....
Hunting hall farm
Our annual visit to Northumberland clutching my new Moleskin. They are expensive but an absolute joy to work in. Hunting Hall Farm is our home of choice there - opposite Holy Island - and whilst over the years have made several attempts at the 'yard' none have worked. But was reading Ravilious & Co - an excellent book from which I learnt he would exaggerate trees and if a pole was in the foreground he'd draw it. I'm in two minds about that; Turner would readily move, omit or even introduce things not there for the composition.
I've also found I've developed a tenancy for stronger colours. Not sure about that but here's the results. The 'yard' taken from a more acute angle resolving some of my earlier issues.
Sketching thoughts and stories from John Webb.