Watercolour Flowers with the Grisaille Method, Gympie, March & April
Gympie Botanical Art Group
Tuesday March 23 and Tuesday April 13
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Venue: Gympie Regional Art Gallery
This workshop over two sessions will focus on painting flowers, using watercolour in layers to create areas of light and shadow. We will explore the grisaille method of painting with a tonal under- layer and then glazing on top. Students will gain a deeper understanding on the colour & tone of light and shadows, as well as learning useful painting techniques.
Bookings are given in preference to members of the Botanical Art Society of QLD. If there are extra spaces available, members of the public are welcome to book.
Please contact Jan Tabler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paints –Professional watercolours in your preferred brand. Include a magenta, a primary yellow and a phthalo blue. Neutral tint can be mixed from these, (in which case you’ll need paints in tubes so they can be mixed together) or bring a tube of Neutral Tint.
Paper – For this workshop you will require 300gsm Cold Pressed (Medium) or Hot Pressed (Smooth) watercolour paper in sheets, pads or a block. Again, only buy Artists’ quality. Arches or Saunders Waterford are excellent brands. Don’t compromise on paper, cheap brands are useless! A watercolour block is ideal as there is no need to stretch the paper. The size needs to be from about A4 or larger.
Brushes - Bring whatever watercolour brushes you already own, but include at least one or two “rounds” with sharp points. (One small and one larger.) A squirrel hair “mop” would also be handy if you own one or a hake; any brush really for larger areas.
Palette – The large plastic palettes with lots of wells and a lid are my recommendation; otherwise bring what you own. Even ice-cube trays will do for puddles of colour, but you’ll need something with a larger flat surface for mixing paint on.
Other Necessities – Drawing equipment (pencils, eraser, ruler etc), 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper (no other type will do), an old hand towel or rags, tissues, 2 plastic containers for water and masking tape. A pipette or something for squirting small amounts of water would also be handy. Also think about bringing a board with something that will prop up one end for keeping your painting surface at an angle.
I will bring all the reference material that is required for this workshop, but you are always welcome to bring your own copyright-free images or flowers/plants to work from life for the second day.