Sustained Saturday – Watercolour and Pen

We had a full house for our second Sustained Saturday of the Fall term. I was at Kensington Market yesterday and fell in love with the Russet apples that all of the greengrocers had on display. Russet apples and a crisp, cool and sunny day at Kensington Market is an autumn experience that takes me back to my years at the nearby art college.

We’ve been spending a lot of time working with ‘soft-edge’ techniques this term. In contrast to that, we’ve looked at the work of two artists, Carl Schaefer from Canada and Paul Cezanne from France, who develop a watercolour painting with brush-strokes or even swatches of colour. Today, I decided to demonstrate an approach more in that tradition. We took a look at Schaefer and Cezanne books from my library, as well.

I started my demonstration with the lights, using a pale yellow. Strokes and swatches were applied throughout the image and usually allowed to dry before darker values and local colours were added. No area was completely finished before starting another. I tried to look carefully at the relationships between the various elements. Lots of paper white was left untouched.

All of our watercolour painters gave it a try in the morning. In the afternoon, some went back to their usual process but not all. Saturdays also attract a few pen and ink aficionados and their nice work always adds an element of variety to our critique.

Sustained Saturday Critique


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2 Responses to “Sustained Saturday – Watercolour and Pen”

  1. northpenninegallery Says:

    I enjoyed reading through the technique. The strokes are so clean and simple- graphic almost. Brilliant colour.

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