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Watercolour on paper

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Watercolour on Arches 100% cotton rag paper

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Dave Sparkes

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Something about monochrome seems to suit nocturnes. Human's can't really perceive colour at night, so a tonal method feels right.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.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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