Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Watercolour ~ Mount Rundle, Alberta, Canada

Yeah yeah, I know that my challenge to myself this year was paint one watercolour each month of a North East scene but when we got back from our trip to the Canadian Rockies I was just itching to paint the mountains!

This is one of my favourite views in the world. I have been fortunate enough to have visited it twice now. I have also painted it twice. The first watercolour I did was many years ago for my dad as a present. Here is my latest one.

Mount Rundle from Vermillion Lakes

Mount Rundle is actually a range of peaks numbered from 1 - 7 that stretch from Banff to Canmore. This distinctive peak is number 1 at Banff, seen from Vermillion Lakes.

I used Cerulean Blue Hue, Prussian Blue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Burnt Umber and Payne's Grey.

Mount Rundle painting

Mount Rundle painting

Mount Rundle painting

Mount Rundle painting

I am really happy with the way this has turned out. I may even frame this original and hang it on our wall...although perhaps I should wait until I have done my other mountain paintings!

You can find cards and giclee prints of Mount Rundle, Alberta, Canada to purchase on my Fine Art website.

Thank you for looking!

Gillian.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Red Admiral Butterfly

While eating my lunch today, looking out on the garden, I spotted not one but two red admiral butterflies on the second flush of buddlea flowers. They always seem to visit later than the tortoiseshell and peacock butterflies.

Not only are they stunning when their wings are open, but I love the patterns on the underside with the light shining through.

Here's a photo I took a couple of years ago which is available as cards and prints on my website. Click the photo for the link.

Red Admiral Butterfly

Thank you for looking!
Gillian.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Watercolour ~ Wallington Griffin Head

The Griffin's heads at Wallington are well known around the area and I wanted to focus on just one for this painting. I have left the hall very soft and hazy in the background as the griffin was the focus. I sprayed paint on last using my finger on the brush to achieve the mottled stone effect.

I did draw out the main features on the head first, measuring out with my pencil as I wanted to get the proportions correct. What do you think of him?

Wallington Hall painting

Here are the progress steps :-)

Wallington Hall paintingWallington Hall painting

Wallington Hall paintingWallington Hall painting
  If you like this painting, you could own a card or print by buying one from my website.

Thanks for looking, Gillian.

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gillian@gilliancrossphotography.co.uk