Doug Swinton of Swintons Art Supplies is doing something very right when it comes to workshops. This is the second workshop I’ve done there and both have sold out. I really appreciate that.
Anyway, it was a great workshop. I love working with a group of people that have chosen to do watercolour and this was a really good group. I always like it when we manage to develop a strong group identity and that happened in this workshop.
There were many participants who were either pretty new to watercolour or even some who had never painted. I like this mix because it gives a relevant reason to go over basics and also I believe that with the right instruction beginners can progress very quickly. I think that this happened in this workshop because their was real success in producing fresh watercolour washes which is not an easy thing to do.
Another big challenge in this workshop was that I asked everyone to create their own ‘story’ by creating their own arrangement of cars and figures and again I think this was very successful.
Here is my first demo which is a view of the Bow Building from 9th Ave. When I looked at it at home all of a sudden I saw the story I had created very spontaneously. So the title is ‘Conga Line Down 9th Ave’.
Changing A Watercolour
I made a very big change when I got my painting home. The building on the right was the same colour and as dark as the building on the left. It made for a very dreary painting. So I used a tooth brush to completely lift out the right hand building. Here is how that looked. I then changed the colour to red. This helped a lot in making it a more enjoyable painting.
One of the little practices that we did over the weekend was how to shade the skin of a more realistic figure. I really liked the way that the abstract background made this painting come to life.
Here is the second demo that I did. It’s a great subject from Kensington Market in Toronto.
Here are various student samples of the first demo. I had a camera malfunction for one sample and one other one was still a work in progress so I haven’t included them.
Here is a neat little student example of what I call my 1 stroke figure method.
I am so grateful that at this point in my artistic journey I am teaching a lot of workshops. I find teaching extremely enjoyable and also extremely satisfying. It’s a true pleasure to help people grow and learn in their own artistic journey. A great workshop!