Subject: The Stour Valley in watercolour
My aim is to teach different techniques at each workshop. I hope the various techniques covered will enable students to have a set of skills that are transferable to any subject matter of their choice.
I chose the Stour Valley as the subject matter for this workshop. I chose it because it's local to us and lends itself well to different interpretations, styles and colours. I try to choose a subject that is not too demanding to draw, leaving students free to concentrate on painting.
The students went home with one large and one small painting.
The techniques in this workshop included:-
- Mixing three primary colours to create a variety of realistic greens found in the landscape.
- Mixing neutral or "muted" colours with the aid of the colour wheel and colour theory.
- Using masking tape and paper to reserve areas.
- Graded washes.
- Flat washes.
- Using a natural sponge to create texture and foliage.
- Various ways of holding the brush to create a variety of marks.
- I also talked briefly on the subject of composition and the necessity to stand away from your work to assess it as they came up in conversation.
Other workshops at Henny include Painting Autumn Wreaths
"Thanks very much Eleanor, excellent day – thanks too for your patience and understanding not to mention really helpful thought and preparation, can’t wait for the next time!"