“Chattering Monkeys are the little demons that fill our heads with reasons why we should not, and cannot do something. Igore them” Janet Weight Reed -The Apple Exercise.
rapid warm up exercises.
I used the the same brush on all four sections. The left two sections are on white paper, the right two are painted on a colour ground.
Adding cadmium orange to all four sections – (the same colour used for the ground) connects the images.
Prior to giving a workshop last week for SOFAP – Fulham/Hammersmith Arts Society, I read some wise words from fellow blogger and writer David Rogers…whose book ‘Fighting to Win’ – Samurai Techniques For Your Work and Life, talks about moving through the things that prevent us from being all that we can be.
I used the following two points from David’s book as the base line for the workshop.
1) Don’t think too much. 2) Let go of self doubt.
Rapid watercolour demonstration – Light on trees – one of the views from my window – Saorge.
I always encourage a group to warm up and play at the beginning of a session….This is the foundation block for a day’s work and as vital to the artist as stretching is to the athlete and dancer. In doing this we practise not thinking too much……and letting go of self doubt.
Using photographs from my recent visit to Saorge as ‘jumping off points’- we begin to explore the rhythm and shapes of the landscape and Village.
Rapid watercolour of Saorge – on white paper.
When we let go of self doubt and stop thinking too much, – when we allow our sixth sense and intuition to prevail, self imposed expectations disappear, freeing us up to explore the creative process.
Medieval village of Saorge – rapid watercolour on white paper
In the following demonstration, I worked from a colour ground – which means any whites are added using Winsor & Newton Permanent White designer gouache. ( When grounding paper its important to let the paint dry for a minimum of twenty-four hours before adding more paint.)
I am often asked what is the difference between watercolour and designer gouache?
Watercolour is transparent. Designer gouache is opaque. I often mix the two elements. I began to do this about fifteen years ago when playing in my studio in Wales….
watercolour/gouache/felt tip pen are used to explore the alleyways of Saorge.
As we warm up..we are reminded that everything reflects upon everything else – all of life is interconnected. By moving colour around a painting we bring harmony to the image.
By observing the harmonious flow of nature we learn so much. Observation, observation, observation….one can never get enough of it.
In this rapid sketch – I am looking down onto trees and roof tops. Note the roof tiles are a natural purple colour which integrates into the surrounding landscape where the roof slate comes from.
A little humour to finish this post.
As I was watercolour painting on the deck of the house where I was staying in Saorge…one of the sketches blew onto another roof below….and for all I know it is still there. An example of ‘letting go’ 🙂
watercolour sketch on Saorge roof.
Next week, I am off to Chester and Liverpool. My friend the artist Miza Tavares has invited me to demonstrate at a workshop she is giving. We will be painting the human form…one of my favourite subjects. I will write about this in my next blog.
Today I finish with magical hummingbirds…
This image is on the front of my new calendar…which is available through http://www.zazzle.com/janet+weight+reed+gifts