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Melody of Greys

Watercolour | 5 x 9 inches

About the painting:
“I continued with my watercolours when returning home from the trip to Cornwall. The scenery on the St Just in Roseland Peninsula is ideal to be captured in watercolour. In the background of this scene is Falmouth, the white and pink fronted houses just disappeared into nothingness as low cloud and rain covered them. I like the way the white sails cut into the dark background … such a satisfying subject to paint and so very typically Cornish.” Kieron

The medium:

“The choice of which medium to use on a painting is such a fundamental decision and is often the difference between success and failure. My earliest steps into painting were taken with watercolours and initial works were in a dry brush technique as I tried to gain control over this temperamental medium.

The way I now work with watercolour has changed considerably as my confidence and understanding grew. After a few years I adopted the more popular process of laying down washes, carefully leaving the white of the paper behind to suggest the brightest highlights. I worked from light to dark and the painting would be built up with just two of three washes.

More recently my process has evolved yet again. I often lay in the darkest shapes of the painting first and then glaze over the top with transparent washes, sometimes adding up to ten layers, to achieve the richness of colour.

I have always loved the medium of watercolour, simplicity is at the heart of the medium and as soon as I ‘loosened the reins’ and let the medium control me, the happier I was with the results. Sometimes the best paintings are the result of a ‘happy accident’. “ Kieron


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