Watercolour Evenings #1. Make your Mark!

Bird #7

Bird #7

What's more exciting than coming face to face with a pristine, fresh, springy sheet of watercolour paper? Honestly, doesn't it get your heart racing? or am I the only one who feels that way? Well what's even MORE exciting, is making the first mark upon it. This is the start of a beautiful relationship between you and your support as you create a new painting.

In the first Watercolour evening, we're going to be testing and learning about different grades of papers and experimenting with a range of paint applicators. It's a misconception these days that watercolours are unstable and fragile. The truth is that by using a good quality watercolour paper and modern lightfast colours, your painting has the potential to out live oils and acrylics on canvas or panel board. It's important to know and feel the differences between the wide range of papers available and to understand which papers respond best to your artistic intentions.

Watercolour papers

Watercolour papers

Watercolour is arguably the most expressive medium. Your own personal marks become a very distinctive part of the painting and are visible in the finished piece.  Marks can take the form of lines, accents and shapes - they reflect your mood, your subconscious and your intent. This is where the dialogue between you and the medium happens, often resulting in surprising results.  You can use anything - brushes, sponges, bristle, bamboo pens, sticks, blotting papers, etc the sky is the limit!

Once the first mark is made - there's no turning back - your focus becomes completely absorbed by the fluid interaction of mind, water, colour and paper. The whole process demands concentration and focused energy. Once you've made a start, you'll be quickly adding your discoveries to form your own, unique visual vocabulary. Each week we'll focus on a different combination of techniques to practice and experiment with.

We'll start out with sepia and Chinese Ink. Please feel free to bring anything you think will make an interesting mark. The first class is all about breaking the ice and being playful!

See you on Monday.