Monthly Archives: September 2015

Experimental Watercolour Part 1

Rex Beanland, green blob, watercolour



I will be teaching my Experimental Watercolour workshop next month at Kensington Art Supply & Instruction.

I’m very excited by this workshop because it covers a lot of important watercolour techniques that  are often overlooked.  Most watercolour workshops teach colour – colour theory, colour mixing, colour choices, characteristics of various colours etc.  The aspect that is often left out is the ‘water’ part of watercolour.  This workshop is mostly about water.  Creative ways to use it and  how to allow it to create it’s own spontaneous effects.  As they often say watercolour will do the painting for you if you allow it.  This workshop helps you discover ways to let water  create it’s own special effects.


Rex Beanland, wet trench, watercolour







This short video clip illustrates a few of these techniques.

The workshop is available in 2 formats for your convenience.  Oct 24-25 is a 2 full day workshop.  Also there is the option of 4 Monday evening classes, Nov 2, 9, 16 & 23.

Contact Nancy Lynn Hughes for details or to register.

Contact me for details about the workshop.


How To Simplify A Subject Into It’s Basic Shapes.

One of the essential skills for successful painting is the ability to look at the complexity of a subject whether it be a landscape or a city scene and to simplify it by seeing it as a collection of shapes.  The more we can simplify these shapes and connect little shapes into bigger ones the easier painting becomes.  This little video illustrates the process with a subject from downtown Calgary.


This is another painting that I did as part of my preparation for my workshops at the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour Annual Symposium in Nova Scotia.

I’m really pleased with the sense of light and the figures but what made it much easier was to see it as it’s 3 basic shapes:  1) the background (a loose darker shape), 2) the water with a strong shadow over it and 3) the light foreground.


Rex Beanland, Woman & Child, Boston Common, watercolour, 9 x 12

Woman & Child, Boston Common