Workshop demonstration (1)

When I give a workshop, I always place a lot of emphasis on warming up and observation.

It doesn’t matter what the subject or medium is being used…..these two elements are always key to a successful day’s painting.

For my first demonstration, I used a photograph simply as a jumping off point.

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The point of this rapid demonstration was to emphasise the importance of negative space which is just as important as the subject.

To achieve this, I mixed juicy tube watercolour and applied the paint with a large brush, leaving dry, white paper to indicate the flowers.

While still wet, I scraped out colour with a knife, to indicate the flower stems and at the same time give a sense of energy to the overall image.

I also dropped into the dark sky area, while still wet, some Winsor &Newton Designer Gouache, permanent white, allowing the paint to bleed and do it’s own thing:)

Remember, watercolour is a transparent medium and designer gouache, also a water paint is opaque.

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For the final image,  I added colour to the dry areas which gives the impression of flowers.

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A bientot

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