Artwork Description

Watercolour on paper, ready to hang.

Signed on the front.

This artwork comes with an external frame

Contra jour monochromatic

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Medium

Watercolour on Arches 100% cotton rag paper

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Framed and ready to hang

This artwork is currently framed and ready to hang.

It comes with an external frame.
Framed dimensions - 90.0(W) x 60.0(H).
Artwork dimensions - 70.0(W) x 50.0(H).

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.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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