A classic scene with reflections just made for a watercolour painting. This is based on photographs taken in July 2011.
Construction of the castle began as a roughly rectangular fortified house with towers in each corner. The original plan may never have been finished, and by 1558 it is likely only the southern tower remained. In 1580 the south wing was rebuilt in Elizabethan architecture style, and around 1630 the eastern range was rebuilt in three story Inigo Jones style. The Elizabethan wing remained a bailiff's residence until 1905, but the eastern range was partly dismantled on the completion of the new house in 1843, leaving the ruin as a garden feature.
The 2012 exhibition was held at Macclesfield Library Wednesday 17th October to Saturday 27th October 2012.
The Group has been in existence for over 50 years and the Annual Exhibition is always a popular event in the cultural calendar. There was a wide range of original paintings in oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel and also prints, hand made cards and hand painted silk scarves.
I sold a painting of 108 steps in Macclesfield from amongst those I exhibited.
Little Moreton Hall is a moated half-timbered manor house in Cheshire. The earliest parts of the house were built for the prosperous Cheshire landowner William Moreton in about 1504–08, and the remainder was constructed in stages by successive generations of the family until about 1610. The building is highly irregular, with three asymmetrical ranges forming a small, rectangular cobbled courtyard.
This watercolour shows the twisted structure of the building.
We've just returned from a weeks holiday on the Isles of Scilly.
The islands are beautiful and peaceful and I have a whole lot of photos to work into paintings.
I am currently working on a new set of pages aimed at anyone interested in starting to paint or improving the skills.
Pages will cover materials, techniques, composition and design and the first pages will be ready in the coming weeks.
UPDATE: First pages are now available
I've recently been experimenting using acrylic inks. They give bright clear colours and can be over painted without fear of lifting the previous layer as they are water resistant when dry.
The technique I have used is to paint the shadows first using just black ink, diluted to give grey shades. Darks can be gradually built up in layers. Watercolour paper is used as a surface.
Once a grey scale image is achieved it is coloured using coloured washes. I have used just three colours - process cyan, process magenta and process yellow. These colours are the ones used in printing and can be mixed to produce any tone required. The inks are mixed to the required shade then applied over the black and white image like a watercolour wash.
This painting of Shutlingsloe (a distinctive hill on the Cheshire-Staffordshire-Derbyshire border) illustrates the stages in building up the finished work.
My name is Jon Webster, I am a self taught artist who works mainly in watercolours..
I paint a variety of subjects – landscapes from around Cheshire where I live as well as scenes from my travels around the world.
© Jon Webster 2011