Watercolour is the most beautiful and atmospheric painting medium. Learn how to make your paintings glow with light and transparency. Helen’s workshop will teach you the skills you need to make the absolute best use of these glorious, versatile colours.
The workshop will focus on animal portraits and their magical, luminous eyes. You can opt for choosing wildlife as your subject or bring a photograph of a favourite family pet as the inspiration for your painting.
Helen will show you how to use watercolours to create vibrant but delicate studies. You will need a drawing board that will support A3 paper. (not essential) , an HB pencil and a rubber plus a large jar for water. If you have them you could bring watercolour brushes and your usual painting kit but Helen will have paint, brushes and paper for people unfamiliar with materials.
We will structure the day by starting off with the qualities of transparent watercolours, making sure everybody understands the difference between transparent and opaque watercolours and the importance of masses of water – not nearly as dull as it sounds! Supporting handouts will be given also.
The morning will start with lightning quick exercises to get participants warmed up before going onto the animal pics themselves.
I can supply images or participants can bring own pet images – they must be clear and show the eyes well. It is best if they are A4. They must , of course be copyright free.
This session works best if people use artists’ or professional quality paints. Students range paints are full of chalky fillers and will not give the same “glow”. I recommend Sennelier, Schmincke or Winsor and Newton professional ranges. Go to requirements tab for more information on what to bring.