Check out new season’s art work ‘Somerset Rivers, 2016‘.
At the end of May, many of the Somerset Rivers, Rhines, and cuts banks are an orgy of bright yellow like Wordsworth’s daffodils and reflected in the water.
The bright yellow is a phenomenon of recent years, since farmers started to grow rape for its oil. The wind carries the seeds that take root along the banks.
For those artists who, as the weather becomes warmer, find an almost spiritual release sitting on the banks painting, absorbing and abstracted by the moving abstract shapes of the reflections, the intensity of the yellows is an additional bonus that carries a painter away into that altered state of consciousness. Like Van Gogh’s sunflowers, only brighter!
But there are problems, and exciting options, for the artist; splash on great swathes of yellow with a wide brush? Pin point spots of yellow, and then paint round each with a darker cerulean, sap green, or contrasting purple? Use Masquepen resist to spot the yellow points then enjoy the uninhibited freedom of painting over a contrasting colour?
I prefer the latter, because it both allows the pin pointing of flowers to stand out and show their vibrancy against a contrasting background, but without the constipating inhibition of painting round and isolating individual flowers.
Pin point spots of to-be yellow using a Masquepen. This transforms the use of resists for water colour. The pin inserted into the nozzles guarantees an instant flow.
When dry, paint the background, finding some darker particularly behind the flowers at the top of the bank.
Rub out the resist and paint in with lemon yellow for the distance, and Windsor yellow for the flowers in the proximity.