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September 28th, 2015

English Coast Sand Dune

Artist: Felicity Flutter, U.K.
Artist Statement: There are times when I trawl through my sketches and photos looking for inspiration for my next painting or drawing. I often have an open mind and no firm idea as to what will happen next.

The images I had of the Dunes and Marram Grass at Camber Sands on the English South East coast near my home in Peasmarsh, first suggested a watercolour but on second thought, I decided the subject matter would be just perfect for a [mixed media] black and white picture. This meant working on Stillman & Birn’s lovely Beta Series paper, my preferred choice for a mixed media work of Graphite Pencil and Watercolour.

I began by masking out an edge to the foreground and some grasses on top of the dunes so that I could paint the sky in Payne’s Grey. I also added some soft watercolour tone to other parts of the picture before proceeding with the drawing using a range of Caran d’Ache Grafwood graphite pencils from HB through to 6B.

I recently discovered Cretacolor Nero Pencils which are perfect for the darkest tones as they do not have a reflective finish as with the softest Graphite. This Beta paper is robust enough for me to use a technique of gently etching some lines to represent grass into the paper surface before stroking pencil marks over the paper to leave very fine ‘white out’ shapes.

MEDIA: Watercolour and graphite pencil
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Felicity Flutter is a graphic designer who spent many years in the advertising industry in London. After moving to Kent on the south coast of the UK, Felicity transitioned to becoming a full time watercolour painter. Since becoming a member of the SGFA [Society of Graphic Fine Art], the only dedicated drawing society in the U.K., drawing has become even more central to her art. Felicity’s website is full of images – www.felicity-flutter.co.uk

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