the art of ruddell

Ruddell Art Gallery 6: Designers gouache and watercolour: some paintings created on location; others worked up from photographs, still others just from imagination . .

old line drawing printed onto canson paper and completed with watercolour and magic marker, keeping the watercolour as "dry" as I could to avoid too much paper distortion. Prototype Ferrari F40 engine, with the fabricated inlet manifolds.

watercolour and pastel on canson paper - quick Belfast view as seen from Rosetta

the idea of jungle mist intrigued me, although there is none in my original photo . . so I scanned the artwork, then added mist with white pastel to create version 2 (below), which is the version I have publicized. If you fancy a print of the non mist version click on this image!

watercolour based on one of my photos: about half an hour into the jungle from the Tranamazônica highway, making our way along a rubber cutter's trail, in Estado do Acre, Brasil

I used pastel to create the blurred shadow in the background, then painted over the top with watercolour, using more pastel on Grace Jones' face and ankle. White gouache for the microphone, microphone stand and piano accordian highlights.

painted in one hour at the Westwood Art Group, copied from a 35mm transparency that I took in 1982: the streaks in the water were created by blotting the still wet painting with kitchen roll wrapped over a set square and a 12 inch rule respectively!!

we were sitting under the shade having lunch and I thought "that would make a nice picture" so I had another coffee and painted this. The handrail and glass balcony were touched up in Photoshop after scanning

gouache - sort of done in layers: the sky and the pool first, then the ocean (the dark strip) then the island of Samos. Then the sun and the reflection. Didn't come out exactly as I wanted but it's not so bad . .

been planning this painting for over a year - finally painted it, on site, in Kusadasi. Done in layers: building and shadows first, far trees second, then the railings and the front trees! Pretty happy with the result . .

side door of the whitewashed Algarvian church, which was largely rebuilt in the 18th century in the Rococo style. Love the flat, bright colours creating a two dimensional picture. Actually painted poolside in Kusadasi to while away the hours!!

watercolour of Westwood Church window. The light hotspot was created by blotting the watercolour before it was dry, and by applying white pastel afterwards. Based on a photo I took where I randomly dropped the image brightness and thought "that would make a painting!"

Watercolour in the style of @frifrini, an Italian artist, using a couple of fast washes, a light one, then a slightly darker one, then finishing off with the black details done in watercolour and fine point marker.

another wonderful image from Maisons Côté Sud - I loved the colours and the shadows. Watercolour and gouache.

this image caught my eye in Maisons Côté Sud . . I like the quirky shapes and shadows. Drawn with fine point marker on canson paper, with a dash of pastel and watercolour to finish it off!

Unusual palette of colours here on Tywyn Beach. Watercolour, with the surf done last in white gouache. Quite pleased with the result . .

Justine Soranzo looking very French. Watercolour and Rembrandt pastels: wasn't sure how to achieve the texture of her pink top and hat.. in the end I blotted the paint whilst still wet and the pattern on the kitchen roll transferred to the painting!! A bit random, but effective haha.

Hannah stands atop Mardi Himal and pays homage to the sacred mountain Machapuchare. Watercolour with a bit of white pastel to try and portray the sunlight

ready for another day's surfing at Anchor Point. Watercolour and gouache, with orange pastel added to deepen the marvellous sunrise over Taghazout and Tamraght.

I love painting the rain . . wet on wet background in watercolour then painted over with watercolour and gouache to capture this evocative image of Doug and Kris Tompkins' cabin in the wilds of Conservación Patagónica.

based on the wonderful photo of Leia Cohen taken by her son in China in 2014, practising Tai Chi at the Wudang Temple. Watercolour, with a touch of pastel at the end and a bit of re-touching on Leia in Photoshop after scanning

Kusadasi, on the Aegean Sea: the mountains and ocean came out good . . but the middle section of trees is a bit scrappy! Added the sailing ship in Photoshop after scanning . .

started in Spain . . but I had forgotten my watercolour set: all I had was a tube of Indigo Blue gouache, so the sky was the wrong colour. Everything else went ok. Once scanned in I changed the sky colour in Photoshop . . .

Mount Corcovado in Patagonia. Watercolour, with pastel for the clouds and gouache for the snow and ocean highlights.

a pretty quick painting . . three colour washes, leaving painting to dry between each one, then pastel added over each of the three areas. Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs on the north side of the Grand Canyon: painted on Thursday, posted on FB on Friday, sold on Saturday!!

it's rare that a painting exceeds my expectations, but this one did! I think it was due to the 450 rauh rough watercolour paper I used. Trying to get the blurred grass with pastel didn't work, but with crayon, on the rough paper, it came out perfect!!

watercolour of GüvercinadaKusadasi, the fort outside Kusadasi . . a great subject but I couldn't get the picture to work I'm not sure why. It all ended up a bit scrappy . .

same location as previous image . . zoomed in a little closer to create a minimalist picture. When I came to paint the reflections of the lamp, everyone had left the pool so I painted the ripples from memory . .

a perfect morning at the La Vista Boutique looking out over the Agean Sea towards Samos. Watercolour

gouache, done in layers, with a bit of yellow pastel at the end, to bring out the flare of the sun . . The Bajondillo in Torremolinos: the perfect place for winter sun: walking, reading and eating . . what's not to like!?

Unfortunately outclassed by the Maserati 250F in 1957 the Ferrari 801 is still achingly beautiful and I just had to paint it's perfect lines!! Luigi Musso on his way to the fastest lap and third place in the French Grand Prix. Watercolour and a bit of magic marker for the tyres.

Struggled with the colour of the dark shadows on the face on this painting. Nevertheless fairly pleased with the result: Designers gouache for the solid background, and Rembrandt soft pastels for the shading

Had abandoned this painting once as I couldn't get the dark murky background I wanted. Revisted it using Angelica Torres' wet on wet technique on the background to create a rain soaked atmosphere.

Marcello Gandini's Alfa Romeo Carabo: a hybrid work done on Canson paper; marker, pastel, then designers gouache for the orange stripe and the model's features . .

remembering Roger Zrimec's drawing demonstration he gave me in 1976, with yellow marker . . I was amazed!! Still trying to match his drawing perfection here with marker and pastel on Marcello Gandini's masterpiece

another wet into wet sky, then painting on top with watercolour. Finished off with pastel for the sun's rays. Based on my photos of sunset at Cape Royal, Grand Canyon North Rim. Not really happy with the result, it looks scrappy and overworked compared to the previous painting . .

using techniques from Angelica Torres' wonderful watercolour tutorial . . wet into wet sky, then painting on top in two different intensity layers once it was dry

watercolour done in layers, based on a screengrab from a movie. The result was pretty scrappy so a bit of tidying up was done in Photoshop after scanning!!

Willard's PBR, almost hidden in a smoke grenade, commences it's clandestine mission up the Nùng River. Watercolour done in layers, leaving each one to dry between painting. The smoke created by thinning and blotting the watercolour, then, when dry, overlaying green pastel on top.

at last, a painting that goes to plan!! Morning sun created by thinning the watercolour, and river highlights produced by pulling a semi wet brush across the textured 300gsm watercolour paper. Clouds added with pastel after watercolour had 24 hours to dry

watercolour of Acer Glade at Westonbirt. I added the extra leaves in gouache on top of the front trees to create more definition and a greater sense of perspective . .

gouache and pastel to capture Kate Moss's nonchalant pose in a 1994 Juergen Teller photoshoot. The colourway is different - not quite colour, but also not quite black and white!! Stocking highlights created by pulling a dry brush through the still wet gouache.

composition from several different drawings and photographs. Watercolour and gouache painted in layers except for the track and the Ferrari which were done at the same time in order to blot out the headlamp reflections.

sand dunes in Norfolk . . tricky to paint the grass: ended up using my lining pen loaded with different colours of gouache

put this competition together and started painting it in Llafranc two years ago. Finished it this week!! Watercolour and gouache - adding thick white gouache on the buildings to emphasise the morning brightness . .

early morning mist on the Dordogne. Watercolour, blotted while wet to get the light areas, then dense white pastel added to create the river mist

Based on the South of The Border album cover. A mixture of watercolour and gouache, overlaid with pastel. I always liked the colours and the Mexican feel of this image . . it turns out it is an apartment complex in West Hollywood . .

watercolour overlaid with pastel, with magic marker and gouache painted on top . . liking the brown/red/plum brickwork details

painted only in black gouache, followed by white gouache. Used my ruling pen for the white lines after loading it with white gouache

started this two years ago but wasn't sure how to finish it! Revisiting the royal photographers recently gave me some ideas: . . magic marker and watercolour overlaid with dense Rembrandt pastel to create the background. Then overpainted with designers gouache for the detail and the stark lighting

watercolour, pastel and gouache to catch the early morning January light in Andalusia

taking in the friche Luft in the shadow of the Eiger. This was an excercise in painting a snow scene without using white paint . . . which is counterintuitive, I mean snow is white!!

designers gouache with just a touch of pastel on the edges of the highlighted snow. Based on a slide from my archives that I have always loved . . so I painted the lens reflection as well . .

combining watercolour, magic marker, crayon and pastel to portray one of my favourite cars: the Lotus 49. The closeness of the photographers and the un-adorned trackside speak of a long gone era of F1!!

watercolour: painting from top to bottom. The pale muted colours of the misty morning were tricky to mix

the wonderful art deco house that was once owned by Ian Fleming, at the foot of the White Cliffs of Dover. Watercolour and gouache, with masking fluid to create the stones

painted in the shade of the woods in order to keep out of the blisteringly hot day at Coghurst Hall. Watercolour overlaid with some gouache for the lilies

watercolour . . a blue wall, somewhere in Chile

saw this in an old copy of Maisons Côté Sud Watercolour and gouache. Painted in one sitting on the beach

watercolour and pastel background, overlaid with gouache to conjure up the tropical mist and the stark jungle sunlight . .

watercolour and gouache, with some magic marker on the wheels and engine

the intensity of the daytime heat gives way to the mellow good evening . . . watercolour, with a bit of fine point marker for the dodgy plant on the right

pastel background, overpainted with watercolour, and then thick permanent white gouache for the snow. Snow filled forests are among my favourite places

gouache and watercolour plus a unique blue pigment actually bought in Chefchaouen, the blue city, in northern Morocco.

Lea Seydoux . . so how to portray semi matt black leather?? Black gouache, heavily watered down for the highlights, and then a light dusting of blue pastel on top to reflect the sky.

watercolour, overlaid with pastel, then overlaid with gouache to create this enchanting misty snow scene. Based on a photo in an old National Geographic Magazine

reluctance . . gouache painting based on a Gordon Parks photo . . done in 3 layers, waiting for the paint to dry between each layer; the stained glass window minus it's bars, the orange back wall and the black figure and other details on top!!

waiting for the sun on Hakuna Matata rooftop in Taghazout. A challenge . . to portray the low ambient light conditions: I used pastel and white designers gouache to create the two hotspots of light!!

been planning this picture for several years - the beautiful, minimalist Brabham BT24: Magic marker for the wheels, suspension and engine, watercolour and pastel for the bodywork.

beachside apartments in Taghazout . . as painted except for the orange cushions; they had me beat! I couldn't get the colours right - so retouched in Photoshop!!

the small beach in Taghazout . . a busy October day!! Watercolour and gouache.

Blanca Suárez . . my attempt to emulate the style of Cindy Press: black gouache and watercolour only, just thinning the paint to get the different shades . . and leaving the pastels in the drawer haha

commemorating the launch of the new Jaguar XJ6 in 1968 . . painting based on the photo that was in the XJ6 brochure. Watercolour and gouache

wonderful GKN advert in Motor magazine October 5th 1968, based on one of Jim Graham's photos of Richard Cresswell in Clun Forest in XJ4/3 . . considered painting this in dark grey or sepia but did it in black gouache in the end 'cos it was easier haha!!

love the predominant black and white tones of this scene, broken up dramatically with the table and chairs. Based on a picture I saw in Harpers Bazaar Espana this summer.

painted in Spain with watercolour . . I actually plucked (ie stole) some petals off a Bougainvillea tree on the coastal path that morning in order to match the colour to my paints!!

the enchanting cloisters in Barcelona Cathedral. Sort of done in layers . . watercolour and gouache overlaid with gouache, overlaid with gouache!! It took a while but was worth it I think

continuing my 60s icons series . . a study of sun and shadows as No6 returns to his apartment in The Village. Watercolour and gouache.

Abbey Road Studios roof, 30th January 1969. Despite the cold I decided I would join the hangers on (next to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Twiggy) for the lunchtime gig!! Watercolour and gouache.

Gouache painting of the 1960 Mini in Coventry's Transport Museum. Painted live at The Herbert, during the Festival of Creativity and Wellbeing June 2019. The registration is from my father's 1960 Mini.

Apollo 11's command module Columbia being maneuvered into position by Michael Collins to dock with the returning LEM . . done with designers gouache

Forever linked to Carnaby Street, flower power and the swinging sixties, Twiggy with her famous (self taught) make up style. Done with watercolour, fine point marker and Rembrant soft pastels.

capturing the iconic colours of Team Lotus with my watercolour of the car that will always be associated with double world champion Jim Clark, Lotus 25/R4

Alvor beach looking towards Lagos. Watercolour but with white gouache for the surf .. colours modified a bit in photoshop after scanning

watercolour of a quiet corner in the Balaia Sol apartments in the Algarve . . so many wonderful nooks and crannies at these apartments - delightful!!

overcast morning in Alvor as a dredging vessel pulls away from the beach. Watercolour but with white gouache for the surf . .

The Kaibab National Forest, north of the Grand Canyon, nicely compliments the colours of the adjoining Painted Desert badlands!! Watercolour overlaid with pastel for the sky, gouche for the rest of the painting.

my homage to the amazing artist and car designer Paul Bracq, and car designer Pininfarina, who styled this old school front engined V-12 Ferrari 550 Maranello in 1996. Designer's gouache with a bit of magic marker and pastel on the car.

restoration of an original painting that I did in Zion National Park, Utah, one summer's evening. Gouache on textured art board.

The Deutschland Jugendherberge in Villingen Schwenningen . . I like the minimalist approach. Watercolour and a touch of pastel

based on a picture in Maisons Côté Sud . . . gouache. Love the perspective and the blocks of colour

afternoon downpour . . the temperature drops to around 30°C, the road becomes awash with water and people stay indoors . . . based on a transparency from the Brasil archives, watercolour and gouache

another image based on photos from Westonbirt . . this one a different approach to the gouache picture below: wet into wet watercolour, and the background done as a separate painting - then merged in Photoshop!!

I love autumn . . this is my poor attempt to capture it's colours at Westonbirt a couple of week's ago. Watercolour and pastel background, overpainted with designer's gouache.

my last morning in Spain this summer is mellow after overnight rain: unknown couple walk past as I drink coffee at the Llevant

Hap Sharp winning the 1965 Los Angeles TIMES GP at Riverside, behind the wheel of the innovative Chaparral 2C. Watercolour, magic marker and pastel applied using ozalid film masks . .

the windswept aleppo pine trees throw morning shadows onto the tower at the bottom of Passeig de la Torre in Canadell.

Wonderfully ephemeral swaying grass catching the morning light: painted in one sitting on Castell beach from a telephoto shot I took that morning in the forest!!

Our second evening in France this summer: sun going down over the tranquil farmland. The grass caught my eye as it picked up the evening light!! Watercolour and pastel.

111 year old bricks, buddleia bushes of indeterminate age and some discreet boarding on the windows give little clue to the origins of the Daimler Power House. Watercolour, inspired by a trip along The Coventry Canal last week.

marker and gouache painting of Richard Cresswell's rebuilt 3.8 XK engine, the day it was started up 10th June 2011, showing the "bluing" on the race manifolds. see video of start

my watercolour homage to the wondrous monoblock 4½ litre 1928 Bentley engine with which Woolf Barnato and Bernard Rubin won the Le Mans 24 hours in 1928

Watercolour, overlaid with pastel and fine point marker. I have done many 1 to 1 scale cars, this is my first 1 to 1 scale face . . the awesome Blanca Padilla

a royal moment . . the Queen arrives at Sandringham for Christmas 1956 in a flurry of snow - based on a scene from The Crown. My question is this: is this the same vehicle that was used in the Bond film Spectre? It looks identical. A 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith . .

Ancestral home in old Fuzhou. Watercolour, overlaid with dense pastel to create the warm wood textures and pale light.

later that same day in Pennsylvania . . it's still raining. Designers gouache and fibre tipped marker pen to capture the wondrous gazebo at Longwood Gardens

my first experience of driving in the USA, in a friend's station wagon, with a manual gear shift, in the rain, in downtown Philadelphia. . . designers gouache on canvas

after several quite precise pencil sketches of supermodels, (see sketchbook gallery) decided to try the watercolour: Mila Kunis, Ukrainian born American actress . . it's all in the eyes . . .

The famous Half Dome is just visable in the morning light as the morning sun picks out the ephemeral Bridal Veil falls in Yosemite Valley. Watercolour, then pastel to create the morning light beams.

The completion of my cold war trilogy!! Saturday 10th Feb 1962 U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers was exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolph Abel at Berlin's Glienicker Bridge. Watercolour, with added pastel to create the flare of the lights

I first crossed into the East (that was) beneath the Brandenburg Gate at midnight on 3rd November 1992. The temperature was below freezing and there was hardly a soul about as I pretended to be a character out of a Len Deighton thriller!!

unknown man carries secrets across the Charles Bridge - actually painted in Spain. Between Prague and the Costa Brava in 2012 I read all three Bernard Samson spy trilogies and so was still in "Cold War" mode!

couldn't find a picture of Westwood church in the snow, and couldn't get a good photo because the trees were in the way, but hey, when did that ever stop an artist . . . this became the Westwood Christmas Card
sitting down to breakfast in Perpignan . . the sunlight, the ambience and the smell of coffee made me feel very happy. Designers gouche . . done carefully, over several weeks.

another attempt at the Catalonian aleppo pine trees. These trees, which basically consist of pine needles, are tricky to get down on paper . .

in homage to our road trip through the endless farmlands of northern France

painted in one sitting on Castell beach, when I had run out of books to read!! Based on a picture in Maisons Cote Sud. Watercolour with a bit of fine point marker to draw the wrought ironwork.

Mediterranean canvas . . it's all in the light: trying to capture the dry stonework and the intense colours produced by the clear air

girl reading book on platja Castell, on a mellow, slightly overcast day . . .

trying watercolour and gouache in a bit more of a fast and loose style. French sunflower fields.

based on Jim Callaghan's amazing Antigua photo gallery. Trying to capture the dark, broody feeling. Some white crayon used at the end to soften the edge of the surf.

Bruce and Denny have a look of quiet satisfaction as they hold the Johnson Wax Floatile trophy for winning the 1967 Can Am series McLaren M6A picture.

watercolour, pastel and crayon rendering of the most famous 60s icon Twiggy . . . who was very much part of the flower power era, and part of the McLaren M6A picture

the Bickley cottage garden, painted in gouache, on site, at the Westwood art group en plein

photographed during the Le Mans week-end with a 300mm lens in St Michel de Chavaignas . . beautiful morning light. Painted in gouache

from the archives . . done on location in gouache on artboard. Time was a factor as the sunset washed the canyon walls with continually changing colours!!

gouache on artboard. Painted in the shade of a tree at the Indian Gardens part of the Bright Angel Trail, before tackling the unbelievably exhausting climb back up to the South Rim!!

Ermita de Sant Sebastia . . window in the back wall of the 15th Century chapel . . watercolour

striking blue building in Alvor . . watercolour and fine line marker . .

from the ruddell archives - drawn with magic marker and crayon . . Isabella Rossellini and the impossible hat

the tower of the 15th Century chapel of Sant Sebastia above Llafranc in Catalonia. Watercolour and a bit of post production in Photoshop . .

gathering stones continues . . but maybe you wouldn't gather too many of these stones. Mooching around Miller's Point on the Cape Penisula. Watercolour and a bit of post production in Photoshop . .

Spent some time gathering stones . . Tywyn Beach 2 . . used masking fluid for the surf and the grass. Blended the colours slightly different to painting 1

Tywyn Beach 1 . . windblown seascape, painted on site with watercolour

you walk up 135 steps out of Llafranc to get onto the coastal path, and pass this wonderful house at the top. Been planning to paint this for 5 years!! Watercolour and fine point marker.

waiting for the sun . . the female flowers remain closed in the melon house at Heligan during the long rains of 1997. Watercolour and gouache.

the wondrous Joseph Paxton vine house (restored) at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Watercolour with a bit of Photoshop tidying up . .

one of the fagus sylvatica purpurea, (copper beech) in Coventry's Memorial Park:- Watercolour, with some post production in Photoshop.

Aughrimderg, the family home in County Tyrone: the box trees either side of the front path had been hollowed out so that they contained hidden seats!! I recall the aroma of the trees, the paraffin lamps in the house, and the slow ticking of the grandfather clock, memories of a bygone age . . ..

You can take the man out of Jaguar . . but you can't take Jaguar out of the man. Watercolour and gouache.

Oscar Niemeyer's beautiful Palácio da Alvorada . . . the wondrous flat bottomed Cumulus humilis drifting silently overhead!! Watercolour and a bit of fine line marker, painted from an AGFA transparency that I took in 1977!

another inviting doorway on the carrer de cicero . . . watercolour and a bit of fine line marker

been walking past this wonderful yellow canopy for several years, watercolour and gouache.

What would Westwood church look like reglazed with some Gaudi stained glass from Sagrada Familia!?! Gouache, watercolour, pastel and marker.

on the Sant Sabastia mountain an Agave americana, the mexican plant, clings to the side of the mountain - painted from a close up photo of the back-lit plant.

originally called Utopia or Oblivion . . my comment on 1984. Created using flowmaster inks sprayed onto film and left to run . .

Painted as a homage to the beautiful sky and sea of the Costa Brava this summer . . . many thanks to Louis for the French to English translation from Maisons Cote Sud.

"Meteoro", a sculpture by Bruno Giorgi, seems to float above the lake outside the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia. Painted from my own transparency that I took in 1977!

in the small primitive 15th Century chapel of Sant Sebastia is a modern sculpture of the crucified Christ which I have always liked. Rather than photograph it . . again, on this year's pilgrimage I rendered it in watercolour, crayon and pastel.

from a small side window in the Abbey at Montserrat, a suprising and spectacular view down the Llobregat valley. . . dramatic glass colours in the old window

I had been trying to close a consultancy deal with Lectra, and watching the sunrise on Friday 11th December 1998 I felt good about my prospects. A couple of hours later, after painting this picture, they phoned and said "Come to Paris next Wednesday for discussions" It was generally a great day!!

Painter Classic software: the oil brush tools, created with Wacom tablet. Not a bad result for reasonable priced software . . The Memorial Park image above was also done with Painter Classic using the chalk, marker and watercolour tools.

lone boat pulls away from the platja Castell. I did the wash for the sky and sea at the campsite and let it dry. Then finished picture on the beach with my travelling lite painting kit . . .

the entire coastline of the Costa Brava is covered with the Aleppo pine tree. Just outside Kims these beautiful trees catch the morning light and defy portrayal by paintbrush . . this was my third or fourth attempt.

doorway of a local apartment, framed with Bougainvillea - so typical of this part of Spain

unusual colour for this apartment block. Used masking film to create the edges of the image, then after painting rubbed the film off to complete the image.

we had left behind 30 days of rain in England the evening we arrived in Prague's Old Town Square - the sun and the wine was very welcome. Watercolour, with a bit of post production in Photoshop to feather the dark edges . .

morning sun on the terrace of a beach house in Llafranc. Used some pastel for the shading on top of the watercolour.

more Llafranc apartments, closed up against the morning heat

June 2012 - the Ruddell and Cummings family graves in Clanoe Churchyard, the Mourne Mountains in the background - painted from a picture off Hannah's phone the day of mum's funeral

the ups and downs of life . . call it Oscilloscape!! Gouache on board

painted on location one evening overlooking Stinson Beach, just north of The Golden Gate Bridge. Stinson was Lynne's maiden name, - also the location for the filming of Basic Instinct in 1992

the local hotel in the Amazon, which later collapsed in the middle of the night . . painted in gouache on a piece of locally sourced card

early use of designers gouache - Dave Hunt used to create amazing pastel paintings during our 40 minute lunch break in the Jaguar Styling Studio - this was my attempt, from the grass bank at the back of Browns Lane's car park