This is one of my favorite images from the trip my sister and I took to Ireland in 2018! I did a watercolor sketch of it early last year, but wasn’t happy with the way the rocks came out, so set it aside. Feeling more confident this winter, I decided to do two similar views of the ruin. However, when I had them sketched out, the By the Sea image was lacking; I tore it up and threw it away. What if I try it smaller, and add some sheep?! And my artistic younger daughter had given me a Fineline resist pen – I could try that out! So that’s what I did. Sheep worked well; the rocks came out OK.
For inspiration and technique tips for rocks, I turned to YouTube and found a very helpful video by Dave Usher titled ‘Using a plastic card to create rocks and texture in watercolour’. Just what I needed! With renewed enthusiasm and new tricks up my sleeve, Coastal Ruin came together nicely!
This piece will be on view and available for purchase this weekend at the Bon Air Artists Annual Show and Fundraiser at the Independence Golf Club here in Midlothian, Virginia. Information shown below. Hope you can join us!