The Great Moss (watercolour, sketchbook)
I'm no great shakes at watercolour; something which I think is adequately demonstrated by this example from my sketchbook. I'm not much of a plein air painter either. I think I turned to the sky over the Great Moss in desperation. I couldn't face looking into the wood behind me, so I looked out onto the peat bog. And watercolour seemed to be the only medium to hand to deal with the dramatic sky. I have little practice with it and I don't think the result is terribly good.
But it's come to that time of year when I start going through my materials wondering what to take on the annual Compo & Clegg Painting Week.
Last year we went to Grasmere in The Lakes, but there was little to show for it when I came back The best was a drawing I posted here.
The Great Moss watercolour sketch was done in South West Scotland in 2005. I also did this:
Dead Tree, Duntrune (4B pencil, sketchbook)
I think this is a much more confident piece of work which probably benefits from having no colour. But colour isn't always a problem. A few years earlier I did this in an old quarry:
Rock Form, Ford Moss (coloured Conte, sketchbook)
I suspect what it all comes down to is the subject matter and my old enemy, Green. Difficult to get away from Green in The Lakes, though. This year it's Langdale. I expect that, at the last minute, I'll just throw my usual drawing materials in the car and do what I always do, but it would be nice to push the boundaries of what I do, just for once.