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Alcobertas, Portugal, (O Casal)
watercolor sketch. 8x12 cm.

Candeeiros mountain, west coast of Portugal.
This is a mountain house where my grandparents lived all their lives.
Nobody lives there anymore but Tintin, the dog.

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Comment by Helder Vieira on February 20, 2011 at 18:46

Hi Kevin,

Thank you so much for sharing with me.

I love watercolours and oils, but I haven't got the time these days to go out and paint.

Too much work, so...

I hope I can do some plein air painting next month.

About Tintin, he is a guardian dog of the house. I'm not sure if he guards anything, because he is very friendly by day. At night he is a wonderful guardian.

My little companion pictured on my webpage is Tiger (imagine that!), 7 years old, 9 Kg, but we call him Tiggy. Wonderful dog.

And as I can see by the picture, you love dogs too.

Thanks again, Kevin,  I appreciate your comments very much.

Comment by Kevin Lewis on February 20, 2011 at 16:41

Hi Helder,

Only just today discovered your page and am delighted I did. I love this pen and wash of your grandparents house and your beautiful rendering of the light. Please post some more watercolours soon. BTW is Tintin your little companion pictured on your web page? he looks cheeky.

Looking forward to seeing more from you soon.

Comment by Helder Vieira on January 16, 2011 at 18:04

Hi Norah,

Thank you very much.

This one was done on watercolour paper (Canson 200 g) very smooth.

I normaly use 300 g/m2 or more, but I use 200 g/m2 in this size (12x8 cm or 10x15cm). I usually buy A4 pads and then I cut them with a x-acto and make little pads with some glue on the side and that's it.

I have a little bag (about 10x15x6 cm), this little watercolour paper pad, a little palette box with half pans, a water tank brush, a pen and a pencil.

With this kind of very light weight equipment it is possible to carry it everywhere and do a small watercolour sketch in about 5, 10 or 15 minutes. It works great!

Comment by Norah Blount on January 16, 2011 at 16:42

A great fresh watercolour sketch - like the looseness, is it done on cartridge paper ?

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