Experimental Watercolour Workshop

I had a lovely experience at the Leighton Centre this weekend with my Experimental Watercolour Workshop.  The weather was really nice with the fall colours on display.  I’m always reminded how neat it is to be at the Leighton Centre.  It is so close to the city but you feel like you’re in another world.

The workshop was very successful and I was really pleased with everyone’s work.  The goal of all the paintings was to use the elements of the scenes to create a painting that has a story and some mystery.  Using these experimental techniques is fun and also allows us to let the water play.

Here is my first demo.

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

Final Demo 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is my second demo.

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

Final Demo 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In both paintings I wanted to create a real nice light path to lead your eye into it.

Just for the benefit of those who attended here is demo #2 as it was at the end of the workshop.

Rex Beanland, Leighton Centre Experimental Watercolour Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to show in particular a couple of techniques that I didn’t cover during the workshop.  This first one is how to reclaim whites.  I used masking tape to define these 2 shapes and then aggressively used a toothbrush to get back to almost white paper.

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

Detail showing lifting out

 

 

 

 

In this one I’m showing how a little Chinese White mixed with viridian and yellow adds depth and life to an area that was quite dark.  You can see that one edge of these shapes is hard and the other edge is softened with water.  It’s a beautiful effect that suggests light coming from behind the trees.

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

Detail showing opaque colour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also wanted to show the students’ work even though none of these are finished but even at this stage you get a strong sense of the ‘story’ of each painting.  They really draw you in.

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

Work In Progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

Using a twig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great workshop and a great bunch of people!

Rex Beanland, Leighton Experimental Workshop

Class Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few days after the workshop I got a note from one of the participants that I really appreciated.

Thanks so much Rex, I learnt a ton and can’t wait to get practicing the techniques some more! 

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