Tryin' out the watercolors...

Inspired by some of JMW Turner's sketchbooks I decided to take my new watercolors for a spin last night and drew up some quick studies. These sketches are quick compositions done from memory to try and set a mood for future oil paintings.

watercolor sketch florence sc art

This one is based on a pine farm my girlfriend and I stayed at in South Carolina. I would get up before dawn and run out to sketch this scene as the sun came up. 

These quick messy studies recall a boat trip I was on with my girlfriends' family, during which a massive thunder storm took place. Again, playing with future ideas for compositions.

trees sunset watercolor sketch rafferty painting

A quick sketch of some backlit trees at sunset in central North Carolina.

Another little quick one, and here's the watercolor kit!