Thursday, 18 October 2012

A heavy rain is about to fall

A heavy rain is about to fall   watercolour on paper   17x17cm   ©2012Lisa Le Quelenec

I was waiting for the next bout of heavy rain and looking back over some sketches I'd done a few weeks ago. Out came the dark watercolours again. I'm still using Daler ivory black, Winsor & Newton neutral tint and Winsor & Newton paynes grey with small additions of other colours on rough paper. The paint can sometimes granulate too much but I am finding a small hint of gouache can help to smooth through these areas and add weight to passages of the painting. I love granulation but you can have too much of a good thing.

Last night heavy rain pounded down. I love listening to the  racket it makes on the conservatory roof and glass walls whilst I am safe, warm and dry inside. It wasn't a night to outside that was for sure. This morning is glorious sunshine until the next weather front moves in.


Bruce Sherman said...

Hi there Lisa!... Your painting wonderfully catches that heaviness and weight of a brewing storm surge!

It is paradoxically both fearsome and welcoming... depending upon where you are holed up when it is occurring as you have conveyed in your post!

Do enjoy your "Water Music"... from the safety and warmth of your conservatory. Bet there is a cup o'.... nearby! HA HA! Enjoy!

Good Painting!... Stay dry!
Warmest regards,

RH Carpenter said...

This is so beautiful - clean colors and the feeling of that oppressive weight of clouds filled with rain.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Bruce. You guessed it! There is always a hot mug of coffee not far from my hand - although I try to be good and switch to decaff halfway through the day. 'Water Music' is a great way to describe it - like being by the speaker at a rock concert and full of energy.

Have a great day on Monday.

Thank you Rhonda, that was just what I was aiming for :o)

Sharon Whitley said...

beautiful painting Lisa - I love that sound of rain on a window as well - when you're cosy warm inside !

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Sharon, thank you. It's not been the kind of weather to be out on a big walk in that's for sure and now they say the cold is coming. Brrr...

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Wonderful the way you have captured the atmosphere in this piece Lisa. Grand!!


Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Jeffrey, thank you :o)