So after all that frustration, heavy and slow traffic I wasn't sure I had the patience to do this. But it came from somewhere. I realised were I was going wrong with the sketch, and also the sky - I'd been trying to follow the artist's way of doing it, when really I should have stuck with my way. I still have to remind myself that I'm using watercolour and that the paper has to be wet. Finally I was happy with my sketch, mixed the paints and laid down my sky, the way I usually do it, much happier. Next the distant trees and bushes, for these I used a sponge, just some light dabbing, then I added more paynes grey to create some definition. I had remembered the masking fluid on the roof of the house, I took my time with the shading around the house, using a very, very fine brush. Next came the bit that had always gone wrong, the edging round the lake. I got a nice mix of grey/blue, and just built it up, this time I 'thought' about the direction the brush needed to go in and very gradually I added each layer, blending it as I went. It took two hours, but the time flew by, I was all ready to start another, unfortunately Harvey reminded me, very loudly, that he was hungry! I also realised that I was. He had tuna, and I had a salmon fishcake, which he asked to share - yes he got a bit.
Now he's snoozing, getting ready for his nightly prowl. I didn't want him to be a night owl, but it is quiet and I understand why he prefers to have a wander in the wee small hours of the morning. He's taken a fancy to my fleecy dressing gown, I'd thrown it over the bed as it was a bit chilly last night, he purred like mad, did his kneading thing, rubbed his head - talk about seventh heaven!
I've lined up quite a challenge for myself tomorrow, a stormy seascape, which I tried yesterday and failed miserably, but only because I got too cocky. I'm grounded again now, today taught me a lot, so hopefuly I will be showing off the seascape tomorrow.