November 20th, 2016

Autumn Water

Artist: David A. Parfitt, U.K.
Artist Statement: What makes this painting particularly special to me is the fact that it is the first successful piece of work I have completed for several months. It was painted in the studio over three days and depicts an autumn view along one of my walks around the Somerset Wetlands. The view itself is partially hidden and requires a little effort to find, which somehow makes it more satisfying. I was drawn to the soft autumnal light and stillness of the water, contrasting with the patchwork of vegetation in the foreground.

It is a watercolour (37x40cms) painted in a fairly traditional way on a stretched piece of Stillman and Birn Beta Series paper. Working from light to dark and preserving the white of the paper for the lightest areas, I worked directly onto the paper without any pencil marks and established the horizon first with a light wash. It was then a matter of gradually introducing ever darker washes using a fairly limited palette (cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, raw sienna, quinacridone gold) while leaving ‘spaces’ for leaves and patches of light. I left the sky and sky reflections until last, with a few calligraphic marks for the reeds and grasses using a rigger brush.

MEDIA: Watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: David A. Parfitt is a British landscape painter working with watercolour and water-based media. He is passionate about watercolours and, over the past few years, has become increasingly consumed with making paintings without the use of opaque or white pigment, while still looking to push the medium as far as he can. He is a Council member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and contributes articles to “The Artist” UK magazine.
Twittter: @davidparfittRI
Instagram: david_a_parfitt_ri



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