On Wednesday March 4, I had the pleasure of doing a demo for the CCPS. This is a great group to work with. Lots of members present, very enthusiastic and very appreciative. They always make me feel extremely welcome.
These first 2 photos show the group watching. When a group is this focused it’s very motivating for the artist.
It’s nice also when there is a mirror so that I can paint in my normal position with the board on a slight incline. When I demo on an easel with the paper almost vertical it’s much harder to control the dripping.
Since I was doing a painting with figures I invited some members to come up and try their hand at creating a figure using the brush with no drawing. People are often a little intimidated by doing figures but when they see how easy it is they love it.
This is the painting at the end of the demo . . .
. . . and this is the painting after I finished it in the studio.
Interestingly when I got the painting home I didn’t like the fact that the tent on the left was much shorter than the 2 figures beside it. It didn’t really make sense. It was like the figures were walking right into it. I hadn’t noticed this when I did the drawing. To fix this I used a toothbrush and some tape to lift out almost another inch and a half at the bottom of the tent including the metal pillar. With a toothbrush you can lift out paint and get back to almost white paper. If you look closely about even with the middle of the metal pillar you can still see the original bottom of the tent. Using the same process I cut about 1/2″ off the legs of the woman beside the tent. Now it has a much more logical feel. Many people say that watercolours can’t be changed but I think this shows that you can, in fact, make major changes.
Thanks to CCPS for the opportunity to demo and thanks to Jackolynn Coughlin for taking the photos.