Current Watercolours in Progress – Salt Marsh Pair

Colours used for salt marsh paintings
Colours used for salt marsh paintings

I have been asked by a collector to paint a pair of watercolours that depict salt marshes in subtle tones of grey/blue, and rust/taupe.

Salt marshes have not been a subject that have ever previously attracted me to be honest. Since taking on this commission however and searching through hundreds of salt marsh imagery I have come to appreciate their minimal beauty.

The varied and beautiful faces of salt marshes
The varied and beautiful faces of salt marshes

Now on the go are two small watercolour studies. These are helping me test out colours and ways to proceed before I go big and paint the size required of 16 inches square.

Sketch 1 - I haven't thought of titles yet...
Sketch 1 – I haven’t thought of titles yet…

The tests are 8×8 inches and if I am happy with them may keep them for myself.

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Below are theĀ  8×8’s at their current early stages.

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As you can see – one has a high horizon line and one a low horizon as requested by the collector.

Feeling my way slowly with this I have been applying subtle washes and letting the whole painting dry before adding another. So far I am happy but the test will come when I start adding the stronger tones….

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