Saturday, 30 June 2012

Favourite paintings from the group

Now that our course is coming to the end I thought I would share some of the group's favourite pieces, thank you for working so hard everyone I have had a great time teaching you all!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

9 tips to unlock your creativity

Some great advice about how to unlock your creativity (some of the points are aimed at Acrylic painters but great advice none the less!)

"When I am teaching an art course, I always tell the students that they need to be relaxed yet focused in order to paint creatively. The key is not to worry if things start going wrong – allow the image to evolve gradually as you experiment with different marks rather than forcing a successful outcome."  

Gerry Dudgeon 

Some exciting examples of how to use 'wet on wet'


Wax Resist

After the storm by T M Ambrose

Blue Looe by E Philp

The Eddystone Challenge by David Ray

This week we will be looking at a technique called 'wax resist', which as the name suggests involves using wax crayons or candles to resist the watercolour paints leaving areas of highlight. Here are a few examples from the Plymouth Watercolour Society.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Work in progress...

We took advantage of the summer weather we have been having and created some painting on location. Here are some examples of the paintings the group have started of Mount Batten, don't they look great?

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Composition tutorial blog

Next week we will be touching upon how to compose a painting. I have stumbled upon this great blog by Dianne Mize that would be great reference for the future. Don't be fooled by the bohemian chatter this lady has created some wonderful work and knows what she's talking about; she also features some great watercolour artists from many different style genres. Hope there's somthing you like!

Dianne Mize    "Committee Meeting"    Watercolor

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Edward Lear

Yesterday I went to the British Museum and spotted these watercolour paintings by Edward Lear.

Student's work

The group painted their first still life images onto stretched paper and here are the wonderful results! My photography skills really don't do this artwork justice, well done guys!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Emma Dibben

Here are some great food illustrations from Emma Dibben, you may have seen her work in the Guardian and on Waitrose packaging.

Monday, 7 May 2012

A reminder of some of the artists we have discovered...

Still Life with Apples a Bottle and a Milk Pot by Cezanne

East Yorkshire Spring Landscape by Hockney
The Blue Rigi by Turner


Work from the group

Just a few examples from the group of the techniques we have been playing around with so far including mixing colours, "wet on wet", delicious home baking and painting flat washes Keep your eyes peeled for more great work!