Saturday, 8 September 2012


Part 3 of my mini course is skies.
I have 3 skies planned ranging from easy to middle difficulty.
In the first sky, below, which is the simplest, we have already practised flat and gradated washes in the hills, but this time we are going to be using masking fluid for the seagulls and crumpled kitchen roll for the clouds

I also want to demonstrate what can go wrong, ( below ) where I used too little water for the sky which made it streaky, and on the sea, my surface water was inconsistent causing a back-run.
Workshop 4 in this series covers how to correct with mistakes.

The sunset is more difficult, and should only be tackled when all the other techniques are mastered, but it is in place for when the learner is ready to move on, and again a % mixing test strip should be practised first to get you warmed up to have a go.

The cloudburst is good fun as it involves mixing neutrals on the paper and allowing it to run down the page by tipping your paper into a near vertical position.
This painting exercise is the culmination of all the techniques learn ed in the mini course, it is where the pigments are running at their fastest, and the learner has to let go of the outcome to some extent, and it is at this point that the learner sees watercolour panting at it's best, which involves allowing to do what it does on it's own with a little help from us.

The trees at the bottom are partly painted wet in wet at the same time as the clouds, and then again after the painting has dried, I added a little dry brushstroke, which involves skimming the paper with a fairly damp brush as horizontal to the paper as possible. If you want to know more about that technique, and others, you'll have to sign up to the  PAINTBOX MINI COURSE part 3, or join one of my classes.

The painting below is not for beginners, but I thought I'd include it to show how a learner can progress from beginner to improver.

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