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I made a start on the fishy watercolour yesterday and have resumed work a while back. I’m enjoying doing the painting, but I haven’t pulled it off yet. Fishes are surprisingly difficult to paint – I’d assumed they’d be quite straight forward.

So, I started out sketching in the main bits:

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I blocked in the sky and sea and made a start on the fishes. I usually work from top to bottom so that I don’t smudge the paint, but I wanted to get the colours of the mackerel sorted out to enable me to judge the colours and tones for the rest of the painting:

 

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mackerel

Here’s where I’m at now:

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fishing boat and mackerel

It’s a bit of a dog’s dinner at the moment and there’s a lot more work to do. I’ll post more pics as I move along.

This afternoon I was at this stage, having added more detail to the boat and placed shadows between the pebbles

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And here it is. The flash on the camera has bleached it all out a little. I added a bit more detail to the sky, a darker sea around the mackerel, more detail to the boat and the addition of a few seagulls:

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It will be scanned and then the pretend fishing trip ad will be added on top. Phew!

Done:

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Denzel Hollow watercolour painting

The plaques will have text on them but the painting is finished and the plaques will be made when I’ve got a spare few hours this week.

 

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