Class began with a very eager group of 15. Fellow table guest Marjory came to the class to try out the market scene that I had spoke of. Students who had not come to the previous afternoon class wanted to catch up on the Grecian urn and others wanted to complete the start of their village scene. The majority began with the village scene. The excercises was to utilize the flat 3/4 brush in different ways to achieve the details in the windows and tiles.
The flat brush is very versatile, but pinching it near the ferrule, you can make it smaller and just the size you need to create the interior of a window. Straight down, using the brush, is great for fine lines all at once, no need to draw the line. On it side, similar lines, but a little wider.
To bring in perspective into the picture, it required further applications of the same color on one side of the church steeple and roof below the steeple depending on which way the sun was coming.
To speed up the process of achieving the look of the village and the previous pictures, I created simple line drawings that the guests could transfer onto their watercolour paper. We did this for the Kotor scene, the Greek urn, the village and eventually the market. By using the transfer process, the class did not have to concentrate on their drawing, but could get right into the overall form and then painting.
Given the diversity of guests and their levels of ability, we worked on various projects simultaneously to give everyone the opportunity to try different things.
One aspect of achieving depth into the painting was the further applications of shadows and tones. Some guests had the opportunity to try this, but I also realized this was creating too much concentration and the class needed to get back to loose and easy.
We stepped away from the village scene to create a variegated wash. I wanted them to try using a basic wash and then adding color in both more dry and still wet to achieve a sunset.
I started by describing to the class that the sunset doesn't end when the sun has disappeared over the horizon. The sky continues to change as the clouds change colours further from pink to red, from orange to purple depending on where you look in the sky. To create a study of a sunset, have a pencil and sketch pad in hand. As you watch, make notes on the colour, the lightest and darkest clouds or just the tonal variations in the sky. By watching and taking notes, you will be able to experience the sunset and can go back after to paint.
A variegated wash is a classic technique for a sky changing colour. Preparing all the colour solutions before hand helps greatly. And test the mixes as well to ensure you have the color you want.
By the end of the class, I had 20 students on various projects including a guest who had always been too afraid to paint watercolour. She was able to achieve a wonderful loose sunset.