Barn near Ramshaw Rocks - winter. Pen & wash.

CT ramshaw barn winter adj sml

David, I like all three, each with their different appeal. An excellent idea to use a scan of the original, I have done this a couple of times when I couldn't decide whether to change something and the original was then "safe". I think this one, in particular, evokes that crisp cold winter's day.

Like Marjorie, I like all 3, I like line and wash and pen and ink and these are all great, well done.

Like this too (my favourite)

This is my favourite David, a lovely crisp winter’s day with a blue sky.

Caught that cold clear atmosphere very well. I like the detail of the stonework also.

Thank you all for those encouraging comments. This colour trial seems to be the unanimous favourite, and I have to agree. I find stonework renders very well with just horizontal ink lines, but these have to be jerky and hesitant lines, rather than ruler straight, with occasional partial lines between the original rows. The original ink sketch probably shows this better. The colour (cobalt & burnt sienna mixes) is applied in 3 thin patchy washes to give the uneven effect. As this is cartridge paper, each wash is dry in a few minutes.

Lovely to see the three different versions David. They are all impressive and I find this the most attractive, but only just!

Thanks for the compliment, Tessa. Glad you're enjoying the daily blogs, too. I'm half way through the alphabet and I haven't missed a day yet. Fingers crossed!

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Colour Trial on a heavy cartridge paper scan from the original ink sketch.

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David Whitehead

I have always loved the British landscape – walking in it, photographing it and now, since early retirement, painting it in watercolour. I prefer to paint in the field and have experienced all the difficulties the British weather can present to a painter, from the sun drying the paint on the…

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