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Watercolour pencil and fountain pen sketch of Lapwings over water

Posted On: Thursday 23rd February 2012
Summary: Using watercolour pencils for colour and fountain pen for line, I sketched this view over Fen Drayton lakes on the first warm day of the year. A flock of Lapwing added some interest and movement

Blog Tags: Landscape painting   Sketching   Plein air   Painting in Cambridge   Watercolor pencils   Birds   Simple art   Painting trees   Painting water   Pen and ink   Painting tips   Painting tips   

lapwings an water and watercolour pencils23rd February and the warmest day of 2012 so far in the UK. Nice to be outside sketching - a big contrast from doing the same in the snow only a fortnight ago.

With the sun low in the sky even in the middle of the day, and with the sun behind me, the warm colours of the bare tree branches were really quite strong.

A flock of lapwings were wheeling about. They are wonderful birds in flight in my opinion. With white underparts and black tops to their wings, when they flap around in their unique way, it gives the appearance of lots of lights twinkling on an off. I couldn't get the white effect with my pencils, so a penknife was used to scratch out the surface here and there in tiny "pecks" at the paper.

A tin of watercolour pencils served me well here, and I used my old fountain pen as well for some of the lines. 6"x8" in sketch book.


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