Quick watercolour landscape

photograph of 2 small watercolour landscape paintings

30-minute watercolour sketch with a small colour study below it.

This is a piece depicting the NB Trail in Middle Sackville, New Brunswick, from a photo I took in the summer of 2017. Unfinished, of course, because one of the goals was to work quickly. One of the things I like about this kind of landscape is that the clouds dominate, so issues of faithfulness of depiction become irrelevant.

Small portrait study: coffee drinker

small sketch of man smiling

Paper: 5½ × 8″ Strathmore Art Journal (400 series toned tan sketch paper 118 gsm softcover sketchbook).

Didn’t capture his likeness fully — the eyes aren’t quite right and it looks like he has a beard (he doesn’t) — but I’m not unhappy with it.

Van and apartments — digital painting

Digital painting of van and apartments

Digital painting of van and apartments in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Digital painting of an apartment building in my neighbourhood at night, from a reference photo I took this summer. Somehow a dark scene like this makes more sense using digital media than watercolour on paper. Learned a lot about Procreate on this; I have a lot left to learn. Great software. iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 3rd generation). 2658 × 2048 pixels.

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Sports field with net; Port Elgin Regional School

watercolour painting of sports field at Port Elgin Regional School, Port Elgin, New Brunswick
watercolour painting · Port Elgin, New Brunswick, Canada

Loosest of pencil sketches underneath watercolour, a splash of white gouache, and the tiniest amount of Prismacolor watercolour pencils. From a photo I took in March, 2019.

I still don’t understand trees; working on it. To be clear, learning is happening. This one also looks better in person than the photo suggests (no, really; the white balance on the camera was a bit off).

Paper: 18 × 26 cm Arches (300 gsm cp block)

Watercolour sketch of a home near Botsford, New Brunswick

Watercolour sketch of a home near Botsford, New Brunswick, Canada

Added some colour washes to this little piece of a home in Botsford, NB, near Little Shemogue, from a photo I took in early March, 2019.

Pen-and-ink sketch of homes in Botsford, New Brunswick
Pen-and-ink sketch of homes in Botsford, New Brunswick

Kitchen table, pre-brunch doodle — with a rough, pencil under-drawing — of a home in Botsford, NB, near Little Shemogue, from a photo I took in early March, 2019 (work in progress).

Paper: 3½ × 5½″ Stillman & Birn Alpha Series (150 gsm white softcover sketchbook).

Sketch: Houses and barn in Memramcook

Sketch: Houses and barn in Memramcook
Sketch of houses on toned paper.

From a photo I took in March this year, as the last of the snow was finally melting. I’ve always liked this cluster of houses by the Trans-Canada Highway between Sackville and Moncton. Study on toned paper. Mostly markers with some ink & gel pen (detail, work in progress).

Paper: 7¾ × 9¾″ Strathmore Art Journal (400 series toned gray sketch paper 118 gsm softcover sketchbook)