I’ve had a couple of very enjoyable trips to Norfolk with my family. I would try and do at least one watercolour sketch a day. We stayed in a cottage in Burnham Overy Staithe. By the end of the week, I was able to produce a range of watercolours painted on location.
Some were on watercolour blocks. Others, like this sketch of Burnham Overy Mill were painted directly into my leather bound sketchbooks. To maximise the time painting, I developed a rapid painting routine. Most of the time I would try and paint before breakfast before the family woke up.
I would start laying the first wash of colour on a watercolour block. Usually a 14″ x 10 or a 12″ x 9″. Whilst the first wash was drying, I would repeat the process in my sketchbook. I would then start the next wash which was usually the sky. I would alternate between each painting until both were completed. The time spent was between an hour and an hour and a half.
By the time the week was up I had at least 7 watercolour sketches in my handmade sketchbook. I also had 7 very fresh and spontaneous watercolours that I was able to frame up and sell. The first week went so well that we booked up again for the following year.