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Cathédral at Angoulême, France by ian osborne

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Watercolour on 325 gsm fine grain paper (30×20 cm approx)
w&n paints – Burnt Sienna, Winsor Blue (Red Shade)

Was challenged to paint this using half inch brush to avoid detail but I bottled out of that one. Decided instead on just using two colours. This blue and brown together make a grey green that I like for the trees etc. Don’t really like green and am a bit scared of it normally!!

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cathedral, france, angouleme, blue, brown

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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 2 years ago

    I thought I was the only one scared of greens….I never seem to get them to look natural enough. Yours look really good I think.

  • Hi Marsha….green seems to worry a lot of people doesn’t it? Yours look fine to me by the way too!!

    – ian osborne

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    I use both my Sienna’s and my yellow orka with Winsor Blue when wanted the darker or muted greens. Beautiful looking to me Ian. Fine painting.

  • Thanks Jim. I like the mix with burnt sienna but used to make all greys, black etc usi,g ultramarine and b. sienna. Trouble is I don’t always want that nice green. I’ve got a pan of sepia which makes a mix with the winsor blue that’s more neutral. Still experimenting with this blue!

    – ian osborne

  • rjpmcmahon
    rjpmcmahonover 2 years ago

    :-) You bottler you. In all seriousness though really like this, it is a fine painting.

  • Cheers Rick….I did use a bigger brush though, but a more pointy squirrelhair mop!

    – ian osborne

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 2 years ago

    It has worked out extremely well Ian! Lovely work.

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 2 years ago

    Can you please tell Marsha that EVERYONE is terrified of greens!!! LOL!

  • Thanks Lynda. Yes green is a bloody nuisance!!

    – ian osborne

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 2 years ago

    this is fabulous Ian, i am so glad you still added the detail, i love that in your work and the green looks wonderful.

  • Thanks Lisa. Can’t shake off the detail completely and I like this green too!!

    – ian osborne

  • LorusMaver
    LorusMaverover 2 years ago

    Nice work ian ! like the greyish greens and i actually like making greens !

  • Thanks Bill! I’ll make an effort to like green more!

    – ian osborne

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 2 years ago

    it looks wonderful Ian….I enjoy looking at the detail with all the lines and shadows and talent it takes to place them in the right spot!

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeabout 2 years ago

    What a wonderful work in Watercolour Ian. I am so lucky Ian to browse you portfolio. I can enjoy what I have left behind :)

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