Workshops will focus on improving watercolour skills, particularly the control of paint and water. They will be suitable for all levels of painter, from beginner to more experienced, tailored to the individual artist’s needs. The aim is for you to create your own painting, not follow a detailed demonstration. How the day runs will be a little weather dependent. If possible we will make the most of the unique opportunity by getting out into the extensive and beautiful grounds of the hotel to sketch and gather reference material in the morning, then plan our painting, looking at the stages of planning which lead to a successful watercolour.
In the afternoon we will paint our original masterpieces! If the weather is reasonable we will be in the parterre (which can be heated), but if it is too inclement we will adjourn to the Stables.
Please bring a sketchbook, some sketching pencils (H, 2B, 4B, 8or 9B) and / or some charcoal if you have them. A tablet is useful to take some reference photographs too, but by no means essential. I will have a lot of reference material there. Some practice paper and your watercolours and brushes will help at the planning stage.
I’ll supply blocks and boards. I am a great believer in stretching watercolour paper, so I will provide each participant with a sheet of stretched, NOT surface, 300 gsm Waterford (or similar) paper for their painting. We can’t stretch paper on the day although I can demonstrate how to do this if needed.
-French Ultramarine, and cobalt / cerulean blue
-Cadmium (or Winsor) Red and Alizarin crimson (or permanent rose)
-Indian (or Naples) Yellow and a Lemon Yellow
-Raw and Burnt Sienna, Burnt umber (or sepia)
-Paynes Grey (Winsor and Newton)
-Chinese white watercolour, or permanent white gouache, or titanium white acrylic
Don’t worry if you don’t have some of these, I will. Occasionally I’ll add tiny amounts of other colours in highlights etc but I’ll have plenty of those to share too. I use tube paints but pans are fine. Remember to bring something to mix your paint on. I use old white china plates /ceramic palette with deep wells, but plastic palettes are fine too. Masking tape and fluid will be available if you don’t have any and need some, together with suitable applicators. If you are buying paint beforehand then please remember that although artists’ quality, as distinct from student quality, may seem expensive, you use less of them because of the extra pigment strength, and they produce better results. I use good quality sable or synthetic brushes. I like to have a large wash brush, size 6 and 10 round brushes, a small flat, and a rigger or sword liner. Just bring what materials you have, I’ll have some brushes I can lend out, and am always happy to give you a bit of paint. If we decide to use some inks, I’ll have these available too. I will also have some other papers and brushes available to buy if you need them.
Most of all bring your enthusiasm. We can work round anything else.