|2 Day Watercolour Courses - Watershed Studio, Clacton on Sea, Essex.|
'Breathe Life into Your Watercolours'
21st June - Friday 22nd June 2012
Two complete, self
contained days enlarging on similar principles of watercolour using a
different main project for each day, with much supplementary material.
|Cost:||To be advised.|
|Telephone: Allison Bond: 01255 820466|
Watershed Studio, St Clere's Hall Lane, St Osyth, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO16 8RX
|Travel:||Instructions from Watershed Studio Website|
Dowden achieves reality with a loose approach readily accessible approach.
Key ingredients are strength of tone, plenty of water and plenty of colour.
Come equipped with a few good quality tubes of paint and cotton or cotton
and linen based watercolour paper as recommended. Use palettes with large
flat mixing areas. Old crockery will do. Joe paints with sable round brushes
and sometimes squirrel mops. If you are short of these, try purchasing from
Rosemary Brushes as they are good quality and inexpensive.
Colour mixing, water, tone and application explored. Wash application demonstrated and put into practice by students. Then a few strong mixes of colour will be prepared on the palette and applied. Loosen up and get colour flowing. Why do colours really look muddy? How to never have this problem again. How to overcome the fear of starting.
Main project 10.45am.
The first main project will commence 10.45 am. Bright light, tone and texture, composition, technique and water with reflections will be dealt with - aimed at enabling all to achieve a complete painting. This will demonstrate principles useful in all watercolour.
Constructive appraisal of students work will be given during and after
completion along with encouragement and direction.
4.30. Break until 6.00pm.
6.00pm. Demonstration. Joe paints while giving hints, tips, the usual good humoured insights and anecdotes.
7.40pm. Finish. (Approximately – can overrun)
Day Two. 9.30
Start. Commence with wash workshop as on first day. The colours for the
main project will be mixed on the palette and practice washes applied on
cheaper watercolour papers.
The painting will be
guided to completion at about 4.30pm. The format is the same as Tuesday but
all material covered will be different.
and end of day.
I AM INDEPENDENT OF MANUFACTURERS
SO I CAN SAVE YOU MONEY BY TELLING YOU WHICH MANUFACTURERS ARE BEST AND WHERE TO BUY THE CHEAPER MATERIALS.
As an independent demonstrator and teacher, I am not tied to a manufacturer. I have written product reviews about paint, brushes and paper for the art press. I recommend what I believe to be the best materials and best value. I give objective and balanced advice and save you money.
As a painter whose primary income is from selling, I can recommend the same materials which I use in my own exhibition landscape paintings.
Bring sheets of watercolour paper made from Cotton and or Linen. Hahnemuhle Veneto and Andalusia pads are excellent for sketching.
Arches 140lb not, rough or 300lb not, or RWS 200lb “not” or “rough”, or RWS 300lb “not” or “rough”. Whatman 200lb “not”.
Other papers: Two Rivers, Fabriano Artistico, Moulin De La Roque, “rough” and “not” 300lb and 400lb.
Prepare paper both for work and trying colours and washes. You could bring spare stretched paper, and some spare un-stretched trial paper. Make sure you have some spare Arches but you can also bring Bockingford or Langton or other wood product based papers un-stretched for sketching or trying colour only, but not for main projects.
For obvious reasons I can’t tell you which brands to avoid but by purchasing from this list of manufacturers you can’t go wrong. The following are exceptional. M V Graham, DaVinci Paints (DVP), Lukas, available from T N Lawrence of Hove (www.lawrence.co.uk). Windsor and Newton. Schmincke, Rembrandt. There are others but please check with me first. Some students struggle with really bad quality paints.
Short List - you can get by with these:
Burnt sienna – use only Winsor & Newton, Maimeri, Rembrandt, Daler Rowney or
Buy at least….
….two decent and well pointing Sable brushes. I recommend Rosemary Brushes, or SAA.
The recommended suppliers provide inexpensive high quality sable brushes.
This is a recommended list of Rosemary & Co brushes.
Series 33 number
2 or 3
You could also get a Series 33 number 10 or 12, but this is not vital.
If you would like to make yet a further saving, invest in the less expensive series 99 brushes, and just purchase one series 22, or 33 - say for example a series 22 number 8.
Series 33 is normal length very high quality kolinsky sable fibre - very controllable. Series 22 is the same fibre in longer length - superb for flowing controlled strokes.
Series 99 is good quality sable fibre.
Mop brushes - you might like to experiment with one of these. (Not vital)
Sable and squirrel mops both large and small are a wonderful tool for lucid strokes and loose washes, especially when working rapidly on site. A mop brush, otherwise known as a “French Polisher“, must have a round ferule - not a flattened or oval one. When wet forms a long flowing tip - less controllable but results can be beautiful. Squirrel mops can be an excellent alternative or supplement to sable. You could try investing in a small squirrel mop of equivalent size to an 8 to 12 sable.