Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A Hot Summers Day in Venice

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico Cold Pressed Paper

This was another workshop day - Loose Watercolours. Great success all round so well done to all my students. I was really thrilled with what we managed to achieve. We started with very little drawing. The figure was the most starting point for me - all other elements can slot in behind and underneath the figure once he is placed. If one draws too much then a painting (especially a watercolour) can become too wooden. We built up this painting in layers (used a little salt for added texture) and then once the middle ground was resolved, we spent some time on the stripes on his shirt (a very important pattern not to be avoided). Once the shadows are added, then the painting really does come to life.  

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