May in England, yellow fields and cow parsley. Sketch. 18x26cm approx Watercolour/mixed media. Vivien Blackburn
A watercolour and mixed media sketch of the rapeseed just before it loses it's bright yellow flowers, with the cow parsley billowing in the verges, done from near where the pastel sketch was done.
Watercolour, a little work with coloured pencils, white gouache and tippex went into this -and lots of fun splattering paint :>)
The flowers are turning to seed pods now and so the fields of bright yellow are beginning to take on a greenish tinge in places - the drama of the bright yellow will very quickly be over for the time being. One of my students tells me that farmers get 2 crops per year from the rapeseed and so there will be a second show of this bright yellow in the autumn.
This was done on Arches hot pressed paper - which is great for coloured pencils as it's smooth, but not as nice for the watercolours. The paint doesn't seem to spread in quite the same way - it isn't exactly like cartridge paper but it's a little like it in the way the paint behaves.
This was started plein air and finished in the studio..