I’ll show you my way of simplifying a scene and stripping it back to its bare essentials ensuring we capture the most important elements of strong light and atmosphere.
My painting style is loose, impressionistic and light-driven. The approach I take is to use the medium to its full advantage and exploit its unique characteristics. Watercolour does things that no other medium can do. Let’s push those things. Let’s push the light. Let’s simplify the scene and break it down into its important elements. Let’s not obsess with detail. Let’s create some cracking art!
These are merely suggestions based on what I use personally, but feel free to just bring whatever materials you are familiar and comfortable with.
Easel or something to rest your board and paper on. However you’re comfy is fine.
Board: Something sturdy but light to tape your paper to. I just use strong Coreflute from Officeworks. Just make sure it isn’t too flexible.
Paper: Arches or Saunders Rough 300gsm – This is the only thing I’m pedantic about, materials-wise, so if you can, grab a few sheets of either of these and your results will already be better than if you didn’t. We’ll work on ¼ sheet (roughly A3).
Brushes: Mops, Fans, Rounds, Hakes, Flats, Riggers. Variety of sizes. Just a couple of riggers for fine lines.
Watercolours: I use mainly Art Spectrum colours with only a couple of exceptions that I’ve outlined here. Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine, Verditer or Cerulean Blue, Turquoise, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Pyrol Red (or Cadmium is fine too), Alizarin Crimson (or Carmine), Lavender (Holbien is great), Indigo, Juane Brilliante (Holbein),White Gouache. Neutral Tint (schmincke)
Gel Pens: White and Black, These are pretty cheap and readily available at Officeworks.
Notebook or sketchbook and pencil
Old card or palette knife for scraping
Masking tape or bulldog clips (whatever your preference is)
Enthusiasm, a sense of humour and willingness to have a great time! (NOT negotiable)
Tony White is a Watercolour Artist from Newcastle, Australia. He has established a great following with collectors and students alike. His work has been sold as far afield as Germany and the U.K. He is teaching classes and workshops all around the country and the world. His students always have a lot of fun and leave his workshops with a refreshed and invigorated approach, ready to attack their painting with gusto! His social media following is gaining momentum and with over 10,000 Facebook followers, he is hitting his stride around the world. His style is traditional impressionistic landscape with a strong emphasis on light and atmosphere.
“I am inspired by light. Even in the most innocuous of scenes, if the light is dramatic and the mood is misty or sharp or rainy, then I’m in! I believe a painting should move you emotionally and if it doesn’t, then it isn’t doing its job”.
1. Ku-ring-gai Art Society Members only – log in, then book and pay online by credit card or Paypal
- The workshop fee is $65
2. Non Members only – book and pay online by credit card or Paypal
- The workshop fee is $90.
For any enquiries, feedback or suggestions for future tutors, click here to send Anne Carpenter an email or call on 0411 034 413
- Location of all workshops: West Lindfield Community Hall, 40 Moore Avenue, West Lindfield.
- Set up is from 9 o’clock. Workshops start promptly at 9:30am and conclude at 3:30pm.
- Morning and afternoon tea are provided. Please bring your own lunch, or this can be bought at the local shops.
- Bookings are essential and workshop must be paid for at time of booking. Participants are booked in order of payment. Class sizes are restricted to a maximum of 16.
- There is no refund or credit for a cancellation. If you are unable to attend please check with Anne or Thomi if there is anyone on the waiting list, or arrange for a friend to attend on your behalf.
- Ku-ring-gai Art Society reserves the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum enrollment is not reached, or there are circumstances beyond their control. When such cases occur, a full refund will be made or a coupon will be issued to use for another workshop.
- If you prefer to work on an easel, please bring your own as we only provide tables and chairs.