Spring at Hartshill Hayes, watercolour and mixed media in Stillman & Birn A4 Beta Hardback sketchbook
The family went off walking through the bluebell woods. which are looking absolutely gorgeous at the moment, I sat at the top of the steep hill sketching. Spring - a month late - is finally here and we had a few beautiful days. It was warm and a bank holiday, bringing out lots of walkers, picknickers and those just wanting to sit in the sunshine - I left them out as it's the landscape that interests me.
I used watercolour, coloured pencil, conte pencil, Derwent sienna drawing pencil, white Daler Rowney acrylic ink, touch of gouache .......and the kitchen sink!
I have a few bottles of the FW acrylic ink and really like it but hadn't bought the white. I asked one of my students how opaq.ue it is - I think he has the full set - and he said very. So I ordered one - and it is :>)/ Just what I needed. Even white gouache often isn't quite opaque enough to cover as I want and this is.
It was so nice to be out in the fresh air sketching after the long long winter this year. Now I need to get out with my oils - so much quicker!
What medium do you prefer for sketchiing plein air?