Point Peron Beach

Rockingham, Western Australia, is a beautiful city that most people miss when visiting Perth. I love living a 4 minute drive from the beach. We have sandy beaches, rocky beaches, beaches with seaweed, beaches without, beaches with dogs, and even a nudist beach (which I haven’t come across yet… do you think my painting easel would be welcome there?)

This painting was inspired by Point Peron.

Beach sunset with purple and orange sky, with rocks and shadows in the foreground

A Peaceful Feeling

How does this painting make you feel?

I feel so relaxed and at peace when I look at it. The veridian green, phthalo blue and ultramarine blue give a sense of harmony to the picture.

I love how watercolours allow blending of colours in a way that just isn’t possible with other mediums.

White flower with a background of blue and green

Watercolours white peony

Three colour sunset

We get some beautiful sunsets here on the coast of Western Australia.

The nice thing about sunsets is you can spend 5 minutes or 5 hours capturing the vivid oranges, pinks, and purples.

For this painting, I only used three colours: gamboge yellow, alizarin crimson, and phthalo blue. The purples and oranges were made by mixing the primaries.

Work In Progress

My adult class decided that they would like to spend several weeks working on the same painting. So we are going to paint a Watercolours painting inspired by the painting below.

The first step was to draw the image, following a grid.

First we put flat colours on the brick areas, then added yellow & burnt sienna to create texture, brick by brick.

The cracks and shadows were then developed.

We then mixed the purple colour we wanted for the smaller bricks.

Finally, sap green and lemon yellow were added wet on wet to start developing the background.

Stay tuned for what we accomplish next week!