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Watercolour on paper

Signed on the front.

Monchromatic Impressionism

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Medium

Watercolour on Arches 100% cotton rag paper

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Dave Sparkes

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The wet-into-wet technique is perfect for rendering water in a way that, when it works, seems to look so … wet. Timing is so critical in watercolour; you’re really flying by the seat of your pants. There are periods when a wash is drying, but still vulnerable, when any dropping in of pigment or touch of a brush would ruin the wash, and probably the whole painting. But before this phase, while a wash is alive and still receptive to the addition of pigment, the adrenaline is free flowing.Painting in the field is an exercise in distillation. Between insects, changing weather, and the sheer distraction of endless layers of confusing detail, it is a challenge to produce anything worthwhile. For me, the penny is slowly dropping that to get caught up in the minute details of the scene, rather than just suggesting them and creating a looser, broader impression, is to fail.Watercolour is at its best when it paints itself. Dropping clear water or pigment into a wet wash - at the right moment - can produce the most beautiful effects. Often they are difficult to predict, but the artist has to create a scenario in which those moments can happen. Sometimes I get a feeling that something serendipitous could be looming, and I try to go with it and paint it as I feel it.I love the subtle greens of the Australian flora. Combined with the disorder and general raucousness of our forests and open woodlands, these understated hues seemed to baffle some of the early European painters in Australia, who persisted in painting European influenced scenes. Sometimes our landscape can almost look monochromatic, so different to the saturated greenness of the English countryside
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