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karl smith
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Several years ago I took up watercolour painting. Despite the many frustrations and setbacks, I have continued painting in my spare time. My interests in painting tend towards the sort of subjects that appealed to me before I took up painting: landscape, buildings, and coastal views. Mainly self-taught, I don't feel as though I have a personal style yet but am still developing the way I interpret what I see.
Several years ago I took up watercolour painting. Despite the many frustrations and setbacks, I have continued painting in my spare time. My interests in painting tend towards the sort of subjects that appealed to me before I took up painting: landscape, buildings, and coastal views. Mainly self-taught, I don't feel as though I have a personal style yet but am still developing the way I interpret what I see.

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Old shop, Punta Arenas Chile
Punta Arenas is a mix of solid, established buildings that of the sort that would grace any European city, and more ramshackle affairs that lend a real frontier feel to the place. A lot of tin sheets and peeling timber boards make for a wealth of interestin...
Old shop, Punta Arenas Chile
Old shop, Punta Arenas Chile
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Old shop in the back streets of Punta Arenas, Chile
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Thanks Keith. I like the idea of working larger with pastels, and once I can face the expense I intend to try this. The shadows in act are made up of mixed colours rather than greys; the photos doesn't show this but up close it does give it a vibrancy that I don't necessarily get with watercolour. Vey much along the lines of broken colour. I remember reading somewhere that the impressionists , thanks to emphasising colour rather than tonal value, produced works that often didn't look so good in black and white.
Off the coast of South Georgia
Off the coast of South Georgia
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Off the coast of South Georgia
A qck pastel sketch this time, of a section of the coast near gold harbour (north east corner of the island, not far from drygalski fjord). I'm finding it quite a challenge to get the subtle snow tones in pastel, but enjoying working with the medium, and I ...
Off the coast of South Georgia
Off the coast of South Georgia
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barracks, Grytviken
it's been a long time since I last posted on this blog, but I've been trying out pastels so I thought I would upload a quick sketch I did of the barracks at Grytviken. It's quite an impressive building, sadly in a poor state of repair, but separate from the...
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Thanks Keith, the lopsided and badly cropped photo certainly don't help. I agree, they are truly spectacular peaks, and the weather effects certainly add to the drama. There were quite a few condors flying around when I made the original sketch; I MIT post the original sketch for comparisons sake.
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Thanks for sharing the approach used in producing this lovely painting. I was intrigued as to how you put in the sky, after working down from the horizon. Do you paint carefully up to the horizon or wash down over it? Thanks, Karl
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