Old Barn , near Betws-y-Coed , North Wales


Here the sky was done in two washes, first cobalt blue was used to form the white clouds , then allowed to dry. I then re wet the sky and brushed in Neutral Tint and angled the paper to get the rain pointing at the barn. While this is was damp i dropped in the brown mix of the distant trees.

This is a beauty, full of atmosphere, loved the muted colours too

This is an example where i have looked at a painting done a few years ago and decided it needed further work.

A lovely painting, David!!

The sky is very effective, a lovely painting.

Thanks for the technique description. I’m really interested in other watercolorists ways of working. You’ve really captured exactly the look you wanted too.

This is perfectly portrayed as a deserted barn with the elements strongly in action. Thank you for your description of how you painted this David. Very helpful. Love to see good watercolours but just never got the hang of painting them very well.

Very atmospheric, David. Super!

Excellent indeed… a superb watercolour!

Keep trying Carole

That's a cracker, David, really works tonally, love it

Thank you everyone for your very kind comments

As always, a fabulous example of a true watercolourist at work David. Stunning.


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Watercolour 10" x 8" on Saunders NOT paper (This is a rag paper). Some rag papers enable you to over paint a previous wash, unlike Bockingford which is a woodpulp paper, which is more difficult. This scene is on the left as you leave the town on the A5 going North.

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David Pilgram

David Pilgram is a Professional watercolour artist. He has exhibited, run courses and was guest artist on major cruise ships for many years(Saga and Fred Olsen) He demonstrated at the NEC, Birmingham and Published many articles for the`Leisure Painter` art magazine. He has Exhibited at:…

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