Posted on Thu 21 Jan 2016
My watercolour paintings are always based on my own photographs, sketches and colour notes made on holidays and days out. The detailed photographs set alongside the drawings in my sketchbook evoke memories of the places I have visited and record valuable details that I might otherwise forget.
On a sunny evening in Northumberland, walking across the beach to Bamburgh Castle, camera in hand, I eagerly anticipated the colourful sunset photographs I expected to take. I had an image in mind for a painting of the majestic castle in silhouette with beautiful glowing colours above it. It wasn’t long before I realised, however, that the sun was setting behind me instead of over the castle. What a disappointment.
Back in my studio and recalling the strong image I had envisaged on the beach, I decided to create my own version of the castle and sunset in watercolour. I sourced one of my photographs of a sunset that I had previously taken from my bedroom window. The silhouette of the rooftops on this photo had been uninspiring, but the colourful sunset would combine perfectly with a photo of the castle for my painting. Using a little imagination and these two photos as reference I completed the demonstration painting, Bamburgh Castle (see below).