Henderson’s Cottage, Balemartine

Greatly pleased with my first sketch of the day just around the corner, on the lovely Inner Hebridean island of Tiree, I soon decided I liked the shapes presented by this cottage view  so sat down on the grass verge to work once again. I was being regularly supplied with cups of tea by a friendly local, anyway, so why not?

The light being particularly bright, I felt that a very limited palette would suffice. Wishing to achieve as much as possible in the ideal plein air working conditions presented by the day, I went straight in with my pigment ink fountain pen , making a very clear, brief line drawing, then going in with luscious gouache, being careful to work honestly as I proceeded with colour, as it is all too easy with a ‘line and wash ’ approach just to ‘colour in’ an initial drawing, this approach being liable to achieve a less than satisfactory, rather stilted result. I can understand the view that recommends that colour is used alongside line when sketching to produce the desired vibrant result and thus hopefully capture the immediacy of the moment!


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