Landscapes at 80mph

Six small gouache/opaque-watercolour sketches from a train heading South along the England/Wales border; each about the size of a credit card. The view was changing all the time but the sky was (relatively) consistent minute by minute, so this was where I started each sketch. Once this was dry (two minutes?) I could add the tops of hills with a fairly crisp edge for the horizon line. Then I worked fast to add the mid/foreground details as they sped past: was that a hedge? Ooh more trees! Happy accidents abounded and extra trees, hills and valleys magically emerged from washes merging and paint running. And all while listening to fine music through noise-cancelling headphones, bliss…

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Here are two equivalent sets of train landscapes from an earlier attempt to use gouache about five years ago. Flatter and more ‘poster like’?


About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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3 Responses to Landscapes at 80mph

  1. Yorky says:

    Nothing beats sketching from a bus or train. You have to be quick! Nice work.

  2. Chris says:

    The new ones are much more alive, I think. I like the sound of (!) of noise cancelling headphones too. You were really in the zone!

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