Thursday, 12 September 2013

Watercolour on Canvas

I have used watercolour canvas a couple of times this year but have not considered it as a preferred surface because it really is not like painting on paper to me even though the manufacturer says it is. It is almost like using Yupo because adding more paint sometimes lifts off what is underneath and it seems to be so time consuming to end up with layers or tonal variation. I have however completed today this 16" x 20" canvas and have called it finished as I have even given it two coats of matt spray and a coat of satin varnish just so I could stop fiddling.
The subject matter appeals to me immensely as both my husband and I have such great memories of our tour in Italy in 2011 and a highlight was the Amalfi coast.
Since painting my first acrylics back in May of a similar scene called Postcards 11 ,one of 3 large paintings commissioned by my son and daughter in law, I have tried a couple of times to do a similar painting for myself in watercolour on paper. I have not achieved what I wanted so had nothing to lose by trying it on the not so familiar canvas surface. It worked a treat for this type of make it up, wash it off and fix it, busy scene. Not sure I can settle on a title which is really unusual for me as I mostly have my work named within 10 minutes of starting.

Watercolour on Canvas
16" x 20"

25 comments:

  1. I love this Lorraine! The way you've done the whole scene, the buildings along the coast, just perfect. You are so great at experimenting with surfaces and paints.

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    1. Experimenting keeps me so entertained Sherry

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  2. Beautifully done, Lorraine. I admire your skill and ability to try new modes of painting. I love exploring this painting - so much to discover!

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    1. It is a rather busy piece with maybe not much of a focal point, I am thinking the little boat? but anyway it really is a holiday memory captured

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  3. I love the textures and layers you used to depict the coastline. A beautiful piece Lorraine!

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    1. Thank you Celia I have decided now to just add it as number 4 in my Postcards Series as this is useful title for any holiday memory

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  4. You captured the Amalfi coast so well!!! Great job, Lorraine. I have never tried the wc canvas. I like paper too much. lol

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    1. I love paper best too Joan but I did not have the skill to do this on watercolour paper where the canvas is forgiving and allows for corrections

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  5. Dear Lorraine - very beautiful...I love your composition and colors. You can feel that this place is special by seeing it through your gifted hand. Thank you for sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments Debbie

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    2. I have never used canvas for my watercolors but may give it a try since I do often used hot pressed paper. You did a great job. How about "Jewel Of The Mediterranean" for a title? I often get stuck on titles and involve friends and family, who love to come up with titles.

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    3. Jean I have never used hot pressed paper does it work best for certain subjects? Thanks for the title suggestion

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    4. I think it is either a paper that suits one's style of painting or not. I don't think one can say it works best for certain subjects. I have used it for my glazed paintings and for abstracts. I like the way the paint sits on top of the paper rather than soaking into it. It's fun to try different papers.

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    5. I think I shall add this to my "must try" list thanks Jean

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  6. Lovely scene, Lorraine! I have never painted on canvas, interesting!

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    1. Thanks Judy, it's always fun and of course challenging doing so so different, for me this time not just the canvas but such a busy landscape

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  7. "allegra" ! ...you sound pleased with the results lorraine

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    1. Happy enough for learning on a new surface Jane, thanks

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  8. Dear Lorraine, you said something very exact about this painting on canvas ... you never stop to be able to change things ... and it seemed to me a wonderful opportunity, but in practice it turned out that way. Your work is loose and lively, and I really like.
    For me, the surfaces that allow much afterthought, turned out to be, for now, ways to waste time, without being as constructive as I though ...





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    1. Thanks Rita, it is all a huge learning experience for sure

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  9. Beautiful and peaceful scene , and so interesting you did it on canvas...never tried watercolor on canvas myself. How lucky to find titles as easily as you...I have the hardest time ! Wish you a great Sunday.

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    1. thanks Jane, I find the titles because whilst painting I am talking to myself the whole time and the thoughts for titles just pop up LOL

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  10. Gorgeous job and attitude with trying on a new surface. I feel like I am in Italy! Love your titling technique. What about Amalfi Calls or Italian Memories?

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    1. Thanks for title tips Liana . I just love Italy and France but it is just so very very far away from Australia and therefore pretty expensive to get there. I do however have so many memories to keep and painting is another way of bringing them back

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  11. Hello Lorraine:) I love to paint on cavas (aquaboard). As a matter a fact I'm painting one on it right now! If you know how, it is pretty to handle. I love your Italian landscape. Just as it is! A lot of building along the coast hidden in some mountains. The blue from the water is great against the darker colors. Well done! I love it:)xx

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