Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Nithered in Northumberland

I've not posted here for a week or two, nothing worth troubling you with, just a few little attempts at different styles, none of which I'm comfortable with. I'll maybe put together a post at some date in the future but at the moment it would mean creating a huge amount of text and I'm currently having a break with one of the kids and the rest of her family. Needless to say my activity is currently dictated by an assertive three year old who fortunately for me declares me to be his 'best friend'.

We spent half a day in Warkworth and whilst the youth and their parents with Nana in attendance I sneaked off with the watercolour box and one of my sketchbooks. So excited was I that I embarked upon a silly project. I parked at the bottom of the hill and decided to draw the view up to the castle. Foolish boy. Not only was the drawing a sore trial but by the time I got to wetting the paper I was starting to feel the effects of the wind chill. Nithered is a local expression that covers the feeling. In English, so reduced by the feeling of cold that effective activity is difficult.

Anyway here it is with all its flaws, deficient perspective, ineffective value placement and limited control of the palette choices. Enough of that it was a fun session that blew away a few cobwebs.

Warkworth - Watercolour on Rough paper 14" x 11"

8 comments:

Ray said...

I like the perspective Mick, though the footpath seemed to get quite wide at the top of the hill. Probably my eyes a bit off. Great colours.

Abdul Haseeb said...

The pic you posted is very attractive but you have to put more pic's to increase the traffic on your blog

Peter Ward said...

That red phone box(?) sticks out a bit Mick - better without it?

RH Carpenter said...

Well, I love that phone booth but agree it's a bit red and alone in it's redness - so draws the eye; perhaps toning it down so it says red without being all red. Other than that, I like this, even in it's unfinished stage - I might just leave it close to what it is now with the background elements being pale and leaving it up to the viewer to decide what's there. And brave man, out in the cold and wet and still creating something so lovely!

Mick Carney said...

Ray - Thanks. Actually the path doubles in width at that point and it gives that feeling of not sitting properly with the perspective. I thought about altering it for the purposes of making it less jarring - maybe should have done.

Mick Carney said...

Abdul - Thanks for visiting. Do you mean more pictures associated with each painting or do you mean post more paintings?

Mick Carney said...

Peter - Dead right the telephone box has to go.

Mick Carney said...

Rhonda - Thanks. I agree something needs to be done with the phone box and you offer a sensible solution. It could form the basis of something in the studio.