Learn the easy way to pop people into your scenes and techniques to quickly form a larger face with features. This is not a portraiture class, but sometimes our figures need a little more detail if the face is a size that needs a little more shape to suggest features, glasses, hair etc.
Let’s form some shadows to see the face emerge. This is a watercolour workshop, but if you paint in a different medium and still want to practise these techniques they will translate.
Please bring an abundance of paper – my materials list generally suggests two quarter sheets, but feel free to have more on hand, drawing paper, and/or a sketchbook that takes water ok.
I am excited to hear that you have booked in for a watercolour workshop with me. I will list my usual materials below, but it is not a prescriptive list, that you have to have every colour or item on it.
Windsor and Newton or other good quality watercolours. General colours that I use for most paintings are: (W&N unless specified)
- Blues – Cobalt, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Turquoise
- Earths – Brown Madder, Raw Sienna,
- Yellows – Raw Umber,or Yellow Ochre, Cad Yellow, Cad Yell Dp or Indian Yellow, Naples Yellow
- Reds – Alizarin Crimson or Rose Madder Genuine, Cad Red Light
- Others – Green Gold or Aureolin, Diox Purple, Neutral Tint
- Holbien – Lavender Schminke – Cad Red Orange
- Art Spectrum – White Gouache
Watercolour Paper – I prefer Arches or Waterford Saunders brand (300gsm, Rough) for the techniques we will use. Please bring an abundance of paper – at least – 2 x Quarter sheets, (or A3 Pad size). If you like to paint large, feel free to work on half sheet sizing. The techniques we use don’t work well on cheap watercolour papers. Paper is the most important investment.
Brushes – bring what you usually use.
My favourites are pictured– The Chinese style brushes are BW170 the big one pictured is a size 8 down to a 2. I use the number 10 as well. Then there is a Neef Rigger, and a number 6 script liner. The Neef Kazan Dagger is great in the ¼ size (pictured) and I usually use a large mop like the daVinci one pictured. Not pictured is a hake which I sometimes use for skies.
Not all Chinese brushes are created equal, and these BW170 code are an incredible brush for a small price. If you are considering buying any new brushes I totally recommend these, though they are hard to source now. The bigger your brushes the better. An old bush will also be handy if we use masking fluid.
Miscellaneous items: Paper towel (absorbent brand), good watercolour palette with deep wells for painting and mixing space, pencils, kneadable eraser, divided water-well or two water containers, masking tape, liquid masking fluid.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
I look forward to meeting you soon for a fantastic week of inspiration, technique and creativity.
About the Tutor:
Central Coast artist Cheryl is primarily a watercolour artist, specializing in loose and impressionistic paintings covering a wide variety of subject matter from still life, to seascape, landscape, boats, horses and portraits.
Having travelled extensively and currently living on the NSW Central Coast Cheryl takes inspiration from the environment around her. The Central Coast provides an abundance of inspiration. She paints and sketches en plein air regularly with a focus on honing observation skills, and working quickly to impart the feeling of the subject rather than depict every detail.
Cheryl’s passion for art and materials of all shapes and sizes, and a gift for sharing techniques makes her a popular mentor and tutor in Australia and internationally.
Mainly self taught Cheryl has no formal art training but studies with well known Australian and international artists such as Keiko Tanabe, Chan Dissanayake, Warwick Fuller, Kasey Sealy, along with Paul O’Kane & Herman Pekel.
While many artists consider themselves ‘painters of light’ I am drawn to the shadows, loving to depict the glowing and changing colours in the shadow passages, which I feel makes the highlights sing.
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 Prue Finlay an email or call on 0412 983 034
- Location of all workshops: West Lindfield Community Hall, 40 Moore Avenue, West Lindfield.
- Note New time due to hall booking constraint: Set up is from 9:30, Workshops start promptly at 10:00am and conclude at 4:00pm.
- COVID-19 Precautions:
- We will sanitise surfaces
- We will provide hand sanitiser,
- Feel free to bring and wear a mask.
- Each workshopper will have their own table to keep 1.5m apart
- Maximum of 11 attendees for workshop
- Demonstrations will be arranged so we are not gathering around in a group
- Please do not attend if you fee unwell, but let Prue know.
- Morning and afternoon tea are provided. Please bring your own mug for tea or coffee, 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 11.
- There is no refund or credit for a cancellation. If you are unable to attend please check with Prue or Anne 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.