‘Luminous Eyes in Watercolour’ with Helen Mariner * New 2023


I look forward to welcoming talented local Artist Helen Mariner for the first time in 2023 on this one day workshop – suitable for beginners and more experienced in watercolour.


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.

Additional information


16th March 2023


Water colour set to inc just these paints:

  1.  ultramarine blue,
  2.  lemon yellow,
  3. carmine or alizarin crimson,
  4. raw sienna .
  5. burnt sienna.
You also need an HB pencil, soft rubber, two watercolour brushes , size 6 and size 2 plus a water container and good quality watercolour paper, but I can provide that if necessary.  For those who have them , a drawing board and easel would be helpful, but not essential.

Artist Bio:

Helen Mariner, an artist living in rural Essex, is always delighted to accept commissions or sell work from her website gallery. 
 She teaches drawing and painting skills,
including watercolour, silverpoint and pen and ink.
 A member of The Society of Metalpoint Artists and a ProfessionalAssociate of the SAA, her subjects are broad, including portraits, landscape, floral art, animal portraits, life studies and still life.  Her work includes
watercolour, pen and ink, gouache and acrylic, oils, egg tempera and silverpoint. She is a member of The Society of Painters in Water-Mixable Oils. Helen’s work is on show at the delightful Wonky Wheel Gallery in Finchingfield.
 Featured in Paint magazine, Helen’s work has been selected for exhibition at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries. 

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