As I mentioned earlier, the purpose of this course was to work on watercolour technique and at the same time observational skills. The watercolours shown in this post are a small sampling and they are in no particular order.
I would begin each session with demonstrations….in this case using flowers from the Market, I made rapid watercolour sketches on white paper and paper with a colour ground.
The course is for all levels, including total beginners, which brings me to the first image which was painted by someone who had never been to a watercolour class before.
One of the key elements of the course is to show people how to avoid the age old problem of muddiness in their watercolours. One of our group who had worked in watercolour for quite some time had become very frustrated with this issue, and so I was delighted to see the work she produced…..with absolutely no mud!
Although the emphasis of my workshops is to use watercolour in a spontaneous manner, sometimes it’s very helpful to make more detailed observational studies.
This watercolour of beans from the market, is just that – an observational exercise.
Much emphasis throughout the week was all about the use of sketch books. Here you can see the sketch made when visiting the Island of Culatra, and the beginnings of a watercolour painting from the sketch.
A series of lily watercolours – exploring the use of negative space in an image.
Taken from a small sketch.
One of the group had a particular interest in trees and made many interesting studies.
One of the lasting memories I will have is painting in the courtyard later in the day when local pigeons would be let out. The flapping of they wings would cause a beautiful dream like echo…..quite lovely.
The pigeons seen from the roof of the school….flying free.
I will now look forward to my course at the school next April….