Still Studying Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic



Rex Beanland, copy of Alvaro Castagnet, watercolour








Rex Beanland, copy of Joseph Zbukvic, watercoloujr










This is a continuation of yesterdays post.  The top study from the  Castagnet DVD and the bottom from Zbukvic’s.

Doing them has been a real jumpstart to a better understanding of value in watercolour.  I also like the fact that they both include people and cars in almost all their paintings.  As a drawing teacher that’s something I definitely appreciate because they add so much to a painting and they aren’t really that hard to draw after a little bit of practice.

8 thoughts on “Still Studying Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic

  1. shelley

    Hi Rex, I’ve been really enjoying your exploration of those 2 masters. I’ve done a bit of exploration of my own…of their websites that is… I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the paintings of Alvaro Castagnet, in particular. I’m embarassed to say I’d never heard of either of these two wonderful painters – what a treat to spend time in their worlds :o) (and yours as well – really like your interpretations of their styles! And neat to see it translated into your Eamon’s paintings).

    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Shelley: Very perceptive comments. I thought they were both really good but I didn’t fully appreciate them until I started studying their DVD’s in depth. I also have come to really love the work of Castagnet. There are many awesome watercolour painters but I also have come to enjoy him in particular. His brushwork is amazing. He is so confident and makes it look so easy. Inspired by both of them I now can give a name to what I’m trying to do in my paintings, namely, buildings, people and cars. When I first watched their demos I thought that’s unbelievable but it’s too far advanced for me. But after repeated watching and stopping and starting I came to understand where they are coming from. It has definitely been inspirational.


  2. Steve Rigby

    Hi Rex, my name is Steve and i like in the Uk, it’s great to come across a fellow Joseph and Alvaro fan, youre recreations are great and I must say that the Alvaro one is quite exceptional. i’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve attended workshops b these 2 legends and they certainly didnt dissappoint, Alvaro and joseph go back along way and are best of buddies, it may be worth looking up another buddy of theirs called Herman Pekel, he paints in both watercolour and oils, all fantastic! It’s great to stumble across another fan, I love your work, Wonderful. my last workshop was with Joseph in France and I’ve posted my results on a website called wetcanvas, would be great to see what a fellow admirer thinks, if you google ‘wetcanvas results from joseph zbukvic workshop’ it should take you there, I’m down as Steve30. love your work and you obviously have fantastic talent and fantastic taste!!
    happy painting, Steve

    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Steve: Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve thought they were awesome for quite a while but then I decided to actually do some of their demos and that’s when I started to really understand them. I’ve seen a preview for Herman Pekel’s DVD and I thought it looked really good. I thank you also for your compliment on my painting. I just know that it’s improving and I plan to keep painting, learning and growing as an artist for as long as possible.

    2. Rex Beanland Post author

      Steve: I just looked at your paintings on wet canvas. They’re excellent. I particularly liked the vivid look to the boats and the atmospheric nature to the last one is particularly excellent. He is such a master of value and like Alvaro totally confident and free in his brushwork. Thanks for sharing. Rex

  3. Mike

    G’day Rex, from Australia.

    I have most of Joseph Zbukvic’s DVDs, and have learnt a lot from them, particularly in how to simplify architecture. but I haven’t attempted any of the demos, because I couldn’t work out the pigment mixes used, especially the very opaque looking mixes he uses over the buildings and foreground roads. These mixes look very opaque to me, anyhow.
    hope you can advise, Thanks. Mike.

    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Mike: Must be something about the water down there but Australia certainly produces some exciting watercolourists. I asked the same questions that you did until I finally figured it out. Joseph Z. actually explains it quite clearly in the June 2008 issue of Watercolor Artist. In an interview he describes thinking of washes in 5 levels of opacity: tea, coffee, milk, cream, and butter. In practical terms to make your wash thicker and more opaque just use less water and more pigment. For the butter for example you’re using blobs of pigment and just enough water to activate it. I love his work. Rex


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