I’ve enjoyed working up my summer sketches and paintings of the beautiful French area around les Alberes. This view across the vineyards to the can de loste stables and the magnificent mountain canigou behind.
A warm welcome from local library which was busy with families, story time, young people revising and us artist drawing in the lovely hidden apple orchard at the back of the library. Hoping a regular set of art classes … If you are interested book a place in advance.
next date Saturday 18 October , 10.30-12.30….. Look forward to seeing you !
I used A5 watercolour paper and lightly free drew a swirling abstract shape.
Mix a good amount of ochre using clean water and a clean brush and fill in a central shape in your abstract design.
Because the aim is to have crisp definition between your shapes either let each painted shape dry or paint a shape in another area of your design. Here is where you get to mix your colours. into your ochre wash add a very small amount of another colour. If you are wary start with a yellow.
Then continue with other shapes each shape is painted using the same wash BUT with addition of another colour… each time!
Until you have completed your design, notice how the colours have a subtle harmony.
A first basic step to understanding how watercolours ‘work’ is the use of washes in successive layers, these layers strengthen and deepen colour and tones. Overlaying different colours will also produce a ‘new’ colour tone.
Here is a simple experiment to help explain the practicalities, it’ll take you around 30 minutes, BUT you will need to let each layer of watercolour dry before adding the next layer… Enjoy!
Draw a design of shapes.
I’ve played with overlapping free hand drawn triangles.
Next mix a good amount of one colour in clear water, I used ultramarine.
With a clean brush load up with this wash and paint in the shapes aim to keep the edges crisp. I usually start at the edges and work into the middle, take care not to let your paint dry or you will get a stripey finish.
Notice how the overlapping layers of paint create darker tones.
Now try try adding a different colour, mix a wash using a clean brush and clean water!
I used ochre and drew a vertical stripe.
Then I mixed a wash of ultramarine and ochre and painted another vertical stripe.
Fine art prints are now available priced at £30 each.