Dykes near Avonport

I did this 7×10 watercolour of the Avonport Dykes using a reference photo I took in the winter. It was very cold but the grass lit up in the sun’s glow. There is no real focal point except the light so that’s what I went for. I used masking fluid to retain the brightest blades of grass then kept the darks limited to ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. I punched up the colour saturation to increase the contrast of the warmth against the dark sky.

We’ll have to keep pretending it’s warm for a while yet. We’re well into spring and we just had another 15cm of snow last night. Let’s hope that’s the last snow of the season.


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