Crow Field A1 study on heavy watercolour paper

This is a large study made from the sketch made ‘plein air’ at my beloved Burngerley Park in Clitheroe that I shared recently on this blog. I’m working with feathers dipped in ink to draw with. Then watercolour washes on top of the ink. I was struggling to get the right blue in my little tin of colours, then remembered my grandfather’s box of paints. I found just the right blue there. It was wonderful painting with them, especially knowing his brush had used them all those years before. A real connection, I won’t use them much though, only for special pieces like this. It has a distinctly retro feel maybe because of these colours. Here’s a shot of the tin of paints that belonged to him.