Clouds at Severn Beach: watermedia 3.5 x 2.5 inches

A small painting on spare mountcard, cut to ACEO size of 3.5 x 2.5 inches (I’ll leave you to convert that to centimetres). I did it primarily to find out whether it would work as a larger oil painting and can now decide whether or not to go forward with it. The view looks across to the old Severn Bridge, built in the 1960’s, now carrying much less traffic to and from Wales. The bridge itself has the slight misfortune to coincide with the top edges of the distant hills, from this viewing angle….something I could adjust in a larger painting. However, I was happy with it.

It was painted with Ph Martin’s hydrus watercolours and white gouache, like the image from my previous post. This combination of paint seems to work well at a small scale. My only issue is with the absorbency of the mountboard, it’s a bit too much at times. I have also tried using HP smooth watercolour paper and that too is rather inclined to suck up the colour. However it seems essential to avoid even a slight texture to the paper because this interferes with the tiny details at this scale.

The overall finish is matte and has the appearance of oil paint, due to the thick white gouache. I am thinking about how I might progress the use of these two media on paper for more subjects.

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