Little red fire engine

21cm x 13cm watercolour sketchbook

For my 40th birthday my fiancé arranged a surprise holiday which involved staying in a holiday cottage in the Lake District. On arrival it became apparent that she was sneakier than I’d credited her, it wasn’t just any holiday cottage, it was a converted classic fire engine complete with fireman’s pole and sauna. Of course I was going to paint it to celebrate the event.

Isn’t it lovely 🙂

The biggest problem I had was getting the angles sorted out right on my initial sketches – in fairness I didn’t choose the best photo, it had an awkward perspective.

I realised while I was doing the painting that a simple wash and ink wouldn’t be sufficient because I really wanted to make the red of the fire engine stand out.

With watercolours being unforgiving it’s always important to work from lights to darks. Unfortunately when you make a mistake with dark colours it can ruin a lot of work that you may have done. I fell into this pitfall when I was applying some of the black colours, particularly when I was working on the wheel and wheel arch. It’s for that reason that the wheel looks a little fat and wonky. By then though I’d practically finished the rest of the painting so I figured that I might as well finalise everything and not dwell on it too much.

I’m a fireman ya’ll!

That brings me to the end of this particular distraction. This was painted back in February, I think around the 26th or 27th. With it being March now, of course I have a lot more paintings to post onto this blog so come back soon. Thanks for reading this and I hope you come back soon. 🙂