2.3.3 Exercise: Imaginary Rooms

Still using the wet-on-dry technique paint three imaginary rooms, aim to create a powerful atmospheric composition.  Imagine a room empty except for one or two large pieces of furniture in daytime and then… Continue reading

2.3.2 Exercise: Dramatic interiors

Using a room in your house choose a view through a doorway into a room or space which has a different level of light, either brighter or darker.  Start with a simple line… Continue reading

2.3.1 Exercise: Composition of an interior

Choose a view of an interior that has a large area of middle tone, a dark area and a very light area.  Sketch in the outlines of the main tonal areas. Lightly add… Continue reading

2.2.3 Exercise: Tones in several layers

This exercise is similar to the previous exercise but this time you can use multiple layers to achieve the range of tones. Compare : Place the two pictures (single and multiple layer method)… Continue reading

2.2.2 Exercise: Tones from a single layer

  Arrange a few household items as a still life, ensure they have a similar hue.  Draw a tonal composition.  Indicate the main tones by simple shading or cross-hatching.  Use a 7 step… Continue reading

2.2.1 Exercise: From light to dark the watercolour way

Make a tonal scale.  Paint it in a few different colours. On the A3 sheet I drew a series of squares in a line, leaving a space I placed a further two sets… Continue reading

2.1.3 Exercise: Adding line to watercolour

Fast and free water colour study and add line to enhance the painting after the watercolour pigment has dried.   Changing the subject matter from the last exercises I selected a rose.  Applying… Continue reading

Istanbul – holiday sketchbook – October ’15

On a recent (too brief) holiday to Istanbul I brought my A5 sketchbook and some water soluble pencils with a waterbrush.  The following watercolour sketches were done on a 4 day holiday to… Continue reading

Sketchbook : October & November

Some sketches from my sketchbook: A few weeks ago my father passed away.  Looking at old photos I was struck by the resemblance to some of the family’s younger generation. This lead me… Continue reading

Sketchbook : Sept / October

Latest batch of watercolours from my sketchbook.                      

Sketchbook : September

The latest batch of watercolour sketches from my Watercolour sketch book.          

2.1.2 Exercise: Pencil and watercolour

The instructions for this exercise call for two studies in pencil. a light outline drawing of the basic shapes of the chosen objects, keep the drawing simple. Repeat the exercise with a second… Continue reading

2.1.1 Exercise: Quick watercolour studies

Set up a simple arrangement of objects, divide up a large sheet and paint the arrangement quickly.  Try to capture local colour accurately and note the tones on and around the objects. Build… Continue reading

Gallery Visit : London : BP Portrait Award 2015

BP Portrait Awards 2015 at NPG  National Portrait Gallery Sink or Swim by Ian Cumberland   My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening by Borja Buces Renard Whereas a few of the… Continue reading

Gallery Visit : London : RA Summer Show 2015

London – August 2015 RA Summer Show 2015 https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2015# “The Summer Exhibition has never looked so impressive” – The Times “A bastion of the English cultural summer” – The Telegraph “It’s the best Summer Exhibition… Continue reading

1.5 Assignment 1 : Your first watercolour painting

Choose from a variety of options including landscape, still life, an interior etc.  I choose to paint a still life as my first assignment. Make some sketches in your sketch book and do… Continue reading

1.4.4 Research: examples of different techniques used by a variety of artists

Visit galleries and the internet to look at different techniques and styles from a range of periods and different artists. I found the following web site on the internet whilst researching watercolour techniques. … Continue reading

1.4.3 Exercise: Other tools for watercolour

Includes a series of exercises under the following headings. 1 Blotting and wiping :Lifting off pigment 2 Clingfilm : Using crumpled Clingfilm to generate abstract colours and shapes 3 Salt Crystals : Using… Continue reading

1.4.2 Exercise: Using various brushes

Similar to the previous exercise. – this time include blotting off the semi-dry pigment and compare it to where the pigment has been allowed to dry. large household DIY brush Again this exercise… Continue reading

1.4.1 Exercise: Unusual brush marks

Different size Using non-watercolour brushes make a variety of marks on different types of paper and shapes of brushes make different marks and sometimes even the most rough brushes can produce marks of… Continue reading