Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting

I’m back in the beautiful Blue Mountain region of Ontario to teach a week of plein air watercolour painting for the Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting. We started at the studio this morning, which is a church in Thornbury. Following sign-in and introductions, I gave a demonstration next door in Heather’s lovely garden.

I presented an approach to watercolour sketching that I call ‘shape-reading’. This involves working directly with the brush with no preliminary pencil drawing. It’s a challenging but rewarding practice.

I suggested that the students follow my lead and use only primary colours for their ‘shape-read’ studies. Prior to the demonstration, I discussed my palette with the group.

It’s important to tackle manageable subjects, especially on the first day of a week-long workshop. This wheelbarrow/planter was the inspiration for several of the group, including this mother and daughter team.

It was a surprisingly breezy and cool day but a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of the past week. The forecast looks good for tomorrow. We have a great group and lots of scenic painting sites ahead of us. Stay tuned for more from Blue Mountain.


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5 Responses to “Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting”

  1. Carol King Says:

    Wish I could be there for the workshop. It looks beautiful there and I’m sure your instruction would be invaluable.

  2. Lois Says:

    Love all the painting’s, and it looks like a Beautiful area, to paint in.
    Wish I could be there, and to learn more on sight reading, style.
    what brush, etc.
    Enjoy your Blog.

  3. Lois Says:

    Hi, forgot to ask, when you sight read, painting, are you
    measuring with the brush?, If you care to comment.

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