In the two hour session, I wanted to build the bones of a landscape that can be developed with further layers. This is based on a photograph I took on the Yorkshire coast. I’ve posted previous sketches from that area.
I reserved the huge area of limestone on the left into which I threw transparent watercolour. I blocked in the rest in charcoal. I floated white then coloured gouache liberally over the unfixed surface. The unpainted reserved area was accidentally spattered with gouache which started to define its 3D shape. Finally, I used a fairly unyielding paper towel to scrape away at it, first merging colours, then revealing deeper layers and finally lifting the paper surface itself.
The foreground does not yet give a sense of the wave-cut platform at right angles to the stacks. These walls themselves need to convey a greater feeling of being massive. Also what is missing are the birds. Hundreds of birds roosting in the cliffs and soaring across spaces. I will work into this and post the new version.