Another great weekend at the Leighton Centre for my Transparent Watercolour Portrait Workshop. I really love spending a weekend with a group of people who are eager to learn. This was a group like that . . . plus there aren’t many places as beautiful as the Leighton Centre.
One thing that I continue to learn is how useful and enjoyable it is to do little practices before getting down to the serious business of doing a complete painting. It’s liberating as well as so very useful to practice the various skills separately before putting them together in a painting.
Here is the first little practice we did. It’s easy to create this very attractive painting but it includes some valuable skills in particular the ability to soften edges.
The next little practice incorporates all the skills that go into the full portrait but in a small, easier study.
This is the demo I did as it was at the end of the workshop.
When I got it home I felt that the extra hair on the left was too much so my trusty toothbrush took care of that.
It was definitely a fun weekend and once again made me realize how much I enjoy teaching. The experience is also made better when you have a great group like this one.