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Saturday Sun

Watercolour | 5 x 8 inches 


About the painting:
“This is part of the beautiful panoramic views from Messack Point in Cornwall, before the steep descent to the shoreline. We spent a lovely Saturday morning swimming at the Point, bathing in the sun coupled with a leisurely stroll and a cream tea on the way back to our holiday cottage in St Just.” 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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