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The Master’s Golf at Augusta – Looking forward to 2021!

Hi Everybody

Sadly, due to the terrible impact of Covid 19 in the USA and around the World, this year’s Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course has been cancelled and won’t be played again till 2021. Like all sporting events for both players and spectators this is a very sad situation and all we can do is look forward to the resumption of sport as soon as is possible and the events that will follow.

Each year I like to post a few watercolours of Augusta National Golf Course as it is a place that I would really like to visit, and maybe even play the course! The Azaleas and the trees around the course make it one of the World’s most beautiful Golf Courses.

Maybe one day this will happen but until then I can only look at the phots of it and back videos of former competitions there.

So here a few watercolours painted over the past few years of the very beautiful Augusta course in Georgia.

All were painted from fleeting scenes on the television and a few screen shots.

I hope you will enjoy seeing them and join with me in wishing all golfers around the world “safe times” and of course everybody else too.

Stay safe and we can all look forward to exciting golf tournaments in 2021.

Brian

The 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Course

 

By the 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Course

The 16th Hole at Augusta National Golf Course

The 12th Hole at Augusta National Golf Course

Skylines

Hi Everybody

Life here in the UK is changing daily, and not for the better it seems, as we contend with the Virus.

Not going out is the new phase we are in and as it will last a while we will all be rather frustrated.

Maybe some more time for painting, reading, gardening and hopefully still some golf will now now be our new norm! Travel will have to wait for now.

So today I painted a watercolour of the skyline of Toronto.

After a recent commission from there I thought I should look up Toronto as I had only passed through it years ago when visiting Niagara Falls.

I immediately saw that like a number of other cities it has an impressive skyline and so here is the watercolour.

                 Toronto. Watercolour 18 inches by 8 on Arches NOT watercolour paper.

I have painted a few skylines before and so they are reproduced here. They are enjoyable to do and I like the almost monochrome approach I have used here.

As they are fun to do I think I might do some more, well there is going to be plenty of time over the next few months!


I hope you like these so far,more to follow.

Red roof on Teal lake. Watercolour 10 inches by 10.

San Francisco. Watercolour 16 by 8 inches

Rye from the Marshes. Watercolour 14 by 8

San Francisco, watercolour 11 by 7 inches

Montreal. Watercolour 14 by 9 inches

Stay well and Travel will return for us later on.


Brian

 

 

Last weekend at the Master Golf

The 12th green at Augusta National Golf Club

Last weekend we enjoyed watching the amazing Master’s Golf on the TV from Augusta. As ever it was fantastic spectacle, and made even more so by Tiger Woods once again winning the Trophy.

While watching I sketched these three small watercolours as the scene of the course with the Azealeas is as always so wonderful to see. 

These are simple line and wash watercolours, each one about 9 inches by 8 and on Khadi watercolour paper in the sketchbook.

It could have been one of my ” Places I would like to be” posts and maybe one day we will visit there to see the beauty of this golf course at first hand.

I hope you like them , and if you play golf that the quality of the play from the Professionals will inspire your game too.

Happy travelling

Brian

The 16th Hole at Augusta national, known as “Red Bud”

The 12th Green at Augusta National Golf Course, viewed from the Tee.

Remembering the Past – Washington DC.

The Capitol at Night. Watercolour 13 inches by 10.

For many years I travelled to Washington on business and enjoyed many happy times there.

I saw a photo  the other day that reminded me so much of those exciting times and the friends that I made there over the years.

So today I thought maybe a quick watercolour would be a fun thing to do and true enough all those memories came flooding back.

I haven’t visited Washington for a few years now but the view across to the Capitol is one of my lasting memories.

If you were one on the many who shared those times with me I hope you too have fine memories of this great City.

Anyway I hope you all like this effort to capture that evening scene.

Happy Travelling – and – a Very Happy Christmas to you all and Best Wishes for the New Year.

Brian

 

 

Places where I would like to be – Yosemite and the Canadian Rockies!

Some friends’ recent holiday to the Canadian Rockies and our trip a few years ago to Yosemite have inspired me to try to paint a few mountain scenes.

Using their, and my own photos, from these trips here are just 3 watercolours of those places.

Our trip to Yosemite was amazing, such scale and grandeur is hard to beat. and our friends photos of their Canadian trip reminds me that the West of Canada is still on our “bucket list”

I hope you enjoy this short post , I found producing these paintings a lot of fun, and maybe a visit one day? Lets hope so.

Happy travelling

Brian

 

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Watercolour 14 inches by 10.

Sunset at Lake Moraine in the Canadian Rockies. Watercolour 16 by 12 inches.

Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Watercolour 13 inches by 9.

Places I would really like to visit – An occasional series of Watercolours. Mount Calowahcan — Mission Mountains, Montana.

Hi there,

The vast plains and mountains in the centre of the USA have always fascinated me. In my many visits to the USA I flew over many areas like this  but alas did not have much time to vist them in person.

Recently a Photographer and fellow Blogger, Mitch Zeissler, published this great photograph of Mount Calowahcan in Montana.

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You really should go and see his excellent photos at his Blog http://www.exploratorius.us  – they are always inspiring and interesting.

Mitch has kindly allowed me to “borrow” his photo as the subject of this Post, one of a series on “Places that I would really like to Visit” . Thanks Mitch!

I hope you like it, maybe I will get there one day!

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Mount Calowahcan –Mission Mountains,Montana, by permission of Mitch Zeissler. Watercolour 18 inches by 7 painted on Hahnemuhle 450 matt watercolour paper.

 

Happy Travelling

Brian

Well done Danny Willett, Master’s Champion!

Augusta The 12th Hole

                                   The 12th Hole at Augusta National Golf Course

Hi Everybody

Some time ago I posted about “Places that I would like to visit”. The first one was of Lake Bled, Bellagio and New Zealand and my thanks to those who enjoyed seeing the paintings and the post.

This is the second in this occasional series of watercolours of places that I do hope to visit one day.

This post is about The Master Golf Championship at Augusta in Georgia in the USA, and the far North West of Scotland.

Being a keen golfers for many years I have watched the Masters Golf each year and that yearning to visit returns each year. It isn’t just for the golf ,the course looks both amazing and very beautiful at this time of year with flowers and Azaleas in full bloom.

From a photo, taken of the TV screen, I  painted the watercolour above, a few years ago, which I hope you will like.

Maybe one day I will visit but until then just watching and painting has to be enough!

By next Sunday we will know who is this year’s Winner and Augusta National will disappear from our screens for another year but the memory of the course will remain. Good luck to all the golfers who are playing this magnificent course.

The second pair of paintings were gifts to some friends who love to spend time in the far North West of Scotland, near Durness and Cape Wrath. Painted from photos they try to capture the beautiful coastline at Balnakiel Bay and Sandwood Bay. The coastline of Britain is spectacular and these two parts of Scotland are more places that I would like one day to get to.

Balnakeil, Durness(Sleight)

                                         Balnakiel Bay near Durness in Scotland

Sandwood Bay(Sleight)

                            Sandwood Bay on the North West coast of Scotland

I’ll just add them to my bucket list!

Happy painting, Travelling and Golfing!

Brian

 

Happy New Year

June and July 2012

Fairhead on the Antrim Coast

The summer has seen us take  short trips to France, and Northern Ireland. There have been a few opportunities to paint quickly and also to paint a couple of watercolours from photos of Florence, as my son and his wife had just visited there and it is always nice to remember times that we spent there.

At least in France we had some sun, a rare thing it seems in the UK this year!   Maybe if the weather improves we will be able to get outside to paint, if not its back to the photos!

The North Antrim coast is one of the most spectacular in the world, and we have been lucky this year to have been to three of the most famous coastlines in the world;  the West coast of California, the Esterel coast in  Provence and the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland

Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula

Iles de Lerin from Theoule on the Esterel Coast

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Florence

Agay on the Esterel Coast

Dunluce Castle on the Antrim Coast

Ballycastle on the Antrim coast

Ponte Vecchio in Florence

. I have repeated a couple of previous paintings of these three coasts here to remind us of their beauty.

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Travelling in California

We have been lucky enough to visit many golf courses around the world. This spring we are golfing in San Diego and in between rounds I have managed to find a little time for some painting. So here are two paintings of the Grand Del Mar course, and a few others of California.

While we were there it was the Masters weekend  at Augusta and although we were not there I thought a quick watercolour of the famous 12th hole might be good so it is here too.

Our travels in California took us to la Jolla and Carmel and these two paintings show a little of the beauty of these coastal areas.

Before travelling home we spent two wonderful days in Yosemite national park and then a day in the Napa Valley and lastly San Francisco.

I hope you enjoy them to look at as much as we did in visiting such beautiful places, and for me painting them as a reminder of our journey.

More to come over the next few weeks I hope.

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