Monday, January 25, 2010

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Surrey workshop

Uplands Park
14x20"
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This past Saturday I taught a workshop in South Surrey, BC. The subject was landscapes in watercolour. There were 9 participants and most chose to follow what I was demonstrating. I tried to keep it simple since it was a short workshop. The above painting is the final result. It is of Garry Oak Trees at Cattle Point in Oak Bay.
I first showed them how to do big washes of atmospheric colour then we saved the "sky holes" with masking fluid. This was done so we could freely splatter different colours of paint for the trees and bushes. After lifting up the masking fluid, the branches were defined. The rocks are done using a special and oh so complicated technique using Saran wrap. The grass was accomplished with different kinds of salt then the strokes of grass were painted. Everyone did a fabulous job. A few others chose to do their own landscape and the end results were beautiful.

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