I’ve been wanting to create this picture for a while now and when I found myself with a long thin strip of spare watercolour paper, it seemed like the perfect time. 

I went up the lane and took a series of panoramic photos of stone walls like this one.

Once I got home, I started to map out my wall in non-water soluble ink. I find this stage helpful because it gives a backbone to the picture. Later I’ll be adding layers and layers of water soluble ink along with dashes of pastel and hard drawn lines, so these lines that never run are essential for giving the picture a sense of cohesion.

Here you can see some of the wall has been sketched out in non-soluble ink and towards the left I’ve begun to add some water soluble ink to the top stones (I get bored doing just one thing so I’m constantly switching between the two). 

Then I just continued working in more layers of ink as the painting developed, constantly looking for areas that needed more contrast or interest. With a painting like this, it’s easy for it to become ‘samey’ and boring, but I think the key is to work to make each stone different – because that’s how they are in real life.

Here’s the painting as it progressed: 

And here’s the final version that I just finished:

Apologies for the poor quality photos, but this is far too wide for my scanner and hard to capture in a photo (again because of the width).

I can’t tell you how much fun this was for me. I’m absolutely sure that sounds insane to some of you, but something about the subject matter and the medium just come together perfectly when it comes to these walls. I am thinking about doing a series of wall paintings, some with gates or stiles or barns, but all long and thin like this one. It just seems the perfect way to capture and communicate how beautiful they are.

I am always my own worst critic, and my pictures rarely come out the way I intended, but this one worked almost exactly as I had imagined it. It’s such a thrill when that happens.

Thanks for looking and please do share if you want to πŸ™‚

 

 

6 Comments

  1. KELVIN BAINES
    October 20, 2013

    Devon and Cornwall are full off all types and kinds of stone wall contruction with many designs and lovely patterns.Spoilt for choice whereas most Yirkshire walls are Dry Stone.

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    • louise fletcher
      October 21, 2013

      Yes that’s true Kelvin. Luckily for me, dry stone walls are my passion, so I’m in the right place πŸ™‚

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  2. Sheila moreland
    October 20, 2013

    Have to say I love stone walls. I find the textures, the solidity and the rhythm almost comforting. I keep trying to find new ways to photograph them, but as yet not achieved anything that I consider worthy of hanging on the wall. Love your work. I only photograph because I’m a frustrated artist………

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    • louise fletcher
      October 21, 2013

      Sheila, I have the same problem when I try to photograph the walls. It just doesn’t seem possible to capture them, although I’m sure someone is doing it beautifully. Just not me!

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  3. Kenneth Clarke
    October 21, 2013

    Very nice wall. I have been painting a few myself recently too. Nice to be able to paint.
    Thanks Kenneth Clarke.

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    • louise fletcher
      October 22, 2013

      Thanks Kenneth,
      I’d be very interested to see your work if you’re willing to share. Not too many of us around who focus on these walls πŸ™‚

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