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This is one I found in my pile of un-finished paintings from Dublin Plein Air festival, I have tried to touch up some of it but I took no photos so I will wait till I can return out there some day to catch some of the deep colours I remember on the rocks in front of me. I remember the tide was coming in fast and I had to move Looking forward to trying a few from photos later today, take care all

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Comment by Norah Blount on May 4, 2020 at 14:12

Ah thank you Kevin and Sally, when I say the bin I mean I wash them out or gesso over them to re-use.for the first attempt at these boats I used a brush with no drawing and that went wrong, so it got the real bin, then the 2nd attempt I got narky, then stuck with the 3rd one. I find when I change from wc to oil or acrylic I seem to have to start at the beginning again to become familiar with the medium. So for the next few weeks of lockdown I might make myself keep swapping from day to day. Maybe that would make a good challenge here too for others. I did try oil pastels last week but not my favourite medium. I thought I would keep adding my pics to this one blog here but I didnt realise that the new picture didnt come up first. Remember years ago on the site we were asked to use flickr or a photo app and have that as a link to the blog but thats another job for another day.

Comment by Kevin Lewis on May 4, 2020 at 9:58

Ah Norah these are lovely paintings. I agree totally with Kyrle on their clarity and freshness. As regards the boats - wow they are superb. I also agree with Sally, you do tend to consign a fair portion of your work to the bin don't you? Forget that idea and lets have some more please, especially from your very busy sketchbook(s).

Comment by Sally Downey on May 3, 2020 at 21:03

Norah, delighted to see your work  - at last. Why i say that is because you usually say that you have thrown them in the bin - lucky garbage men!  But obviously you are coming from a position of perfection. These two paintings are fantastic. You really understand your watercolour.  I love how you handled the portrait. It speaks volumes that you got the image with such loose watercolour and without any unnecessary brushwork. 

Comment by Norah Blount on May 3, 2020 at 20:16

You are too generous but thank you Kyrle, I used hot press paper which is one I am getting to like better than arches but it doesnt allow for too many layers. I lost the other boats that were in the background and I lost the rest of the little red one so left it as is, I hope you are getting out in your garden (its not raining anymore :)

Comment by Kyrle Cahill on May 3, 2020 at 19:06

Norah, that watercolour of the boats is stunning!. I'd say it's among your very best watercolours. I can't even pick out the best characteristics in it. It's just perfect in every way. Its quite simply a most beautiful painting!. Your Palette of colours is glorious, (sorry to appear gushing in my praise but I'm just thrilled to see it.)

Comment by Norah Blount on May 3, 2020 at 18:42

I tried boats from photos I took in 2018, then stopped and tried the online portraits on rawumberstudios on YouTube. 

Comment by Kyrle Cahill on May 2, 2020 at 21:49

Agree with what Noel and Sally say Norah, You see beautiful colours in your head, I wish I could keep mine as clean as yours, there's a light touch and a delicacy in them to be treasured. Its great to see these images as we never would otherwise. Well done again Sean!!.

Comment by Sally Downey on May 2, 2020 at 20:46

Great sense of distance in the island.  And your colours are beautifully muted, very subtle.   Well worth finishing. 

Comment by Noel Hayes on May 2, 2020 at 12:45

Love the fresh approach. Beautiful colours.

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