New House Farm in Spring Sunshine

New House Farm in Spring Sunshine

Great composition David and a lovely watercolour. Like yourself I am a fan of Seago and Wesson.

Lovely spring image David.

It's a lovely, clean watercolour David. Really lovely. What a nice composition.

Absolutely lovely clear watercolour David. Love the white building and the shadow in the foreground

Thank you all for your kind comments. As far as composition goes I just followed my usual 3 steps. Where&#39;s the best lighting? What&#39;s the focal point? Where do I place it? I find a pocket digital camera helps as well. A record shot taken at the start will give shadow references, even if the lighting changes. <br /><br />Then, holding the camera at arm&#39;s length, look at the display screen as you zoom in and out and you will see the picture as you would see the painting across a room. This is the way a hung painting will normally be seen, of course. Much better than &quot;fingers and thumbs&quot; frames, or cardboard cut outs, and if you take a photo, you&#39;ve got a permanent reference, even if you don&#39;t paint it there and then.<br /><br />So, having decided the middle of the lane was the place to paint from, I just had to be ready to move quickly for traffic, which thankfully didn&#39;t materialise. My David Potter easel is great for moving quickly, though. Sturdy and well-balanced, it only takes a hand under the apex to lift, move and put it down again, with paper board , brush rack and water pot intact.<br /><br />I really can&#39;t think of a better way of spending a sunny morning.

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After several frustrating Tuesday morning plein air sessions, the sun finally shone on New House Farm. I set up my easel in the middle of a quiet country lane and only had to move for one car in an hour's enjoyable painting!

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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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