Monday, 6 October 2014

A time for experimenting, with paper, paint and pears.

I've had some fun, experimenting with paper, paint and pears.

The paper was my sample pack from the very lovely St Cuthbert's Mill.
I usually use their Saunders Waterford Rough paper for my watercolours, but these are all versions of their delightful Somerset Range.

The paint used was delivered by the amazing Derwent Graphik Line Painters.
One of the following pears was painted in traditional watercolour. I'm sure you'll be able to tell which it was.

The pears were from photos kindly provided by Kay Smith. You can see her blog HERE

Why post experimentation? Why not just the worked up paintings?
I believe it's because in experimentation we grow as artists - and for people who follow and view my blog, perhaps you'd like to see that there is a period of simply playing with paint, followed by growth. It might encourage you to try that yourself and not to be shy about it.

So here, you see me experiment and play. I hope you do the same too!

and if you'd like to see them all together, here they are:-

You can see which version of Somerset paper I used in the larger pics.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these - and I hope you're inspired to go experiment too!


  1. Oh Pat - your experiments are wonderful. Like you I enjoy trying out new papers and paints and sharing. Such a good thought that it is in playing we start to grow . Thank you. I have never used these papers but will be checking them out. Loved all your pears! Have a great day.

  2. Love the pears, glad you shared your experimentations!

  3. I really like these and I like seeing experiments. I think my favorites here are the first and fourth one. Very cleverly done

  4. Interesting to see the variety! Nice work.

  5. Your playing has made some great paintings and can see you had fun. I've never heard of this paper, but have been playing on St Cuthberts paper. Some hits and some misses

  6. I'm enjoying studying these. I really like the first and fourth. Different.

  7. Thank you for sharing your experiments. Indeed by experimenting, we learn a lot. Beautiful pears, I like all of them.

  8. Beautiful experiments, it seems a very good paper. I don't know if I'll find it here in my city...xx Arianna

  9. What fun! I love all your versions of the pear ... and what a great example of how new ideas evolve.


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