Irish castles are always dramatic and this is an example (with a little bit of “artistic” licence, thrown in) executed in ink and watercolour – line and wash.
One of the problems facing acrylic artists is that this type of paint often dries out too quickly. Artists who work in acrylics ( as I do, albeit occasionally) know how frustrating it is when you leave a specially mixed colour, for even a short time, to find on your return, that the paint on the palette, is now as hard as a rock, totally unworkable and, therefore, quite useless……
Having seen artists try to keep their acrylics moist via the use of cling film, kitchen foil and assorted covers, which worked for a couple of hours but not much longer, I have a solution that works very well, even in the summer heat of my Breton Studio. That is, to place the palette, plate, and so forth, on which you have mixed the paints, in a (preferably) clear plastic box that has a tightly fitting lid. This container will keep the acrylics moist and totally useable for several days. I use the container for a brand of chocolates (covered in gold foil) that are extremely popular at Christmas, for this purpose, and it has never let me down. I hope this tip will be of use to you.
I always enjoy drawing buildings, but, sometimes, as in this case, the main body of the castle wall, wasn’t particularly interesting, so, I took the liberty of adding two towers in the background, each with a conical roof. This gave more depth and dimension to the actual entrance and, it gave the illustration, ink on paper, more for the viewer to focus upon and to digest.
This type of “improvement” if you like, can be applied to many situations. You do NOT always have to draw exactly what is in front of you. If a view looks better without that hump of land in the middle of it, exclude it. If you feel a tree could be “moved aside” in your work, then move (or remove) it. Art is the artist’s viewpoint: it is not (unless you wish it to be) a photograph. Do not be afraid to enhance your work, if you see fit. But please, please, avoid drawing or painting, what you think a work should depict. This latter particularly applies to landscape artists who have a predeliction for illustrating all hills and mountains as enormous spiked edifices and all water (river, lake, pond, even the sea) as being flat calm……
Be flexible yet imaginative in your artwork. You are the judge of the final drawing or painting should look like. And on that last point, I appeal AGAIN, to all artists to remember to take a break and stand well back from your work, at least every 20 minutes. Otherwise you will will plough on regardless, often with quite disasterous results……..
Commissioned artwork, featuring a popular local tourist townland.
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Adding touches of yellow, or soft orange hues, or letting the colour of the paper
or under surface come through, makes for a light filled artwork.