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Tutorial. Working from a colour ground, using watercolour/Gouache – The Piano

Given that we have entered a truly Brave New World, it is time to re-think everything.

Like everyone else my plans have been changed and so I will not be giving a course at the School in Portugal this April….however, what I plan to do is mimic my course here during the week of 15th til 22nd April which will include daily demonstrations  and tutorials. 

We will need to use our collective imaginations with regards to the wonderful atmosphere of the school, the fabulous people, food,  (including wine and ice cream:) and of course sunshine.   (http://www.artinthealgarve.com)

A watercolour of  courtyard from my course at the School last October…20191104_091721Meanwhile I will continue to give tutorials to hopefully keep everyone’s creative juices flowing during these most difficult of times.

 

Here I am using watercolour and designer gouache.

Watercolour is a transparent medium….Designer Gouache is an opaque watercolour medium. 

In this instance, using cadmium orange, and whatever else was on my palette, I painted over an old watercolour that didn’t work for me.     This is a great way to use old sketches/paintings. Image

In this frame I have begun to sketch out the piano and stool using, a mix of prussian blue and burnt sienna watercolour.

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In frame 3, I add highlights, using Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache, Permanent White.

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In frame 4,  I add the chair, using Naples Yellow, designer gouache ….and at the same time emphasised the light streaming in from the window.     I use a wash brush to achieve the broad strokes of light.

 

You will note that in the final frame, I have chosen to focus on the piano.   I have heightened the reds and oranges, and also moved some of the naples yellow around the images, to achieve a sense of harmony.   Note that I have added some violet for shadow tones.

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This is a very quick sketch…capturing the drama of light and dark.       Painting over old sketches and using them as a colour ground is an excellent way to warm up, and use up papers.

A Bientôt