Scarecrows

scarecrows

I was walking up the street of a Hampshire town early Autumn last year, when I saw these lovely scarecrows for sale just outside of a shop pavement. Not only did they look very cute and not at all scary ….but also not too expensive ! Would they frighten birds away in a field… that is another story. Anyway, I took several pictures of them and decided they would make a perfect subject for a painting.

Blue glazed terracota pots

blueandwhite-pots

I remain with a still life subject for this post : Today , it is mainly about reflections and texture. I used salt in the wash to obtain the grainy feel of the blue glazed terracotta pot. I was inspired by one of my watercolour books which I keep referring to, for some ideas about techniques and to achieve certain effects. I hope this one is convincing…

Scarf in a jug still life

scarf

Scarfs were the theme during last week’s watercolour class at the Hangar where I go regularly. I chose a bright and cheerful  scarf that was on offer and made this still life with it wrapped around a jug standing on a stool.

I painted  a very subdued background as the colours and motif of the scarf were loud enough … a bit of a calming down for the eyes would balanced out the picture, I thought.