PAINTING: Holiday Time in Wales

Just had a lovely holiday in one of my favourite spots – the Elan Valley in mid-Wales. No mobile coverage. No internet. Just walking, painting and reading. Wonderful!

I had tried to do some painting the last time I went but did not get far. This time however was a different story. So here are some pics of me trying to get a bit of a looser style. (had a recent workshop with Jean Haines which really helped) These are just photos and I have adjusted the colours to try and match the original paintings, but since they are not proper scans they are not as good as they could be.

Hope you like them anyway.

A painting starting out as a playing wash. I love watercolour!

Star Gazing
A painting starting out as a play wash. I love watercolour!

Just an abstract wash looked at in a different way can make a picture.

Cliff Castle
Just an abstract wash looked at in a different way
can make a picture.

First go at trying to capture the Elan Valley dams.

First Dam
First go at trying to capture the Elan Valley dams.

Still trying to capture the Elan Valley dams.

Dam
Still trying to capture the Elan Valley dams.

Had  great fun playing around with some colour wash ideas. Yay!

Four Colour Play
Had great fun playing around with some colour wash ideas. Yay!

Decided to limit the colour wash components to just 6 here. The blooming seems to work I think. I like this one. Can you see the green man?

Three Colour Play
Decided to limit the colour wash components to just 6 here. The blooming seems to work I think.
I like this one. Can you see the green man?

Not sure about this one. Just trying some ideas from a book by Kees van Aalst.

Church
Not sure about this one. Just trying some ideas from a book by Kees van Aalst.

This was an extract from a painting I was about to throw away! But then I got my frame cropping guides out and find I liked it.

This was an extract from a painting I was about to throw away!
But then I got my frame cropping guides out and found
I quite liked it.

Since I liked the first abstract box, this was a try at reproducing it. Hmmm. Not quite sure.

Since I liked the first abstract box, this was a try at reproducing it. Hmmm. Not quite sure.

Thanks for viewing.
All paintings are of course copyright © Charles Tolman.

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