All Holed Up with No Place to Go – Watercolour of a Log Cabin – in Stages

P1140362For the last 3 days I have been RIVETTED by the book I am reading. It is called The Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska  but it is not the one by Jack London.

Instead it is written by a modern-day mountainman called Guy Grieve who like many people felt the pull of the wild and upped sticks from an office job in Edinburgh to go and live in the Alaskan interior for a year.

51rkvmqFZyLThe book barrels along and what strikes me is Grieve’s brilliant and masterful style as well as his colourful descriptions of both the snowy landscape and the characters that inhabit it.

I am nearly halfway through and feel I am there – a true sign of a brilliant book!

What has all this got to do with a watercolour demo you ask? Well – I am doing a demo for Pentyrch Art Society tomorrow and they very kindly have allowed me to pick my own subject to paint. I was going to do another animal but them hit on the idea of creating my very own log cabin – in the spirit of the book I am reading. After a quick hunt on some photo ref sites I bough the image that moved me and then set about painting it.

Below are the 6 steps I took to create it.In the next few days I’ll add text to the photos to explain my process should you want to paint along:)

Colours used are French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Green, Winsor Blue, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna and  Alizarin Crimson. Paper is Saunders Waterford 100% cotton rag NOT 140lbs

log cabin sequence