Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Step By Sep Watercolour Demonstration from Robert Brindley

The execellent Robert Brindley RSMA has supplied us with a very usefull stage by stage watercolour demonstration showing his wonderful atmopsheric technique. I hope you enjoy it.


This painting was inspired by an atmospheric winter morning overlooking Whitby harbour. The reference material was 'cropped' fairly dramatically, to produce a cameo scene which I felt captured the light and atmosphere more successfully.


Paper - Arches 300lb rough

Colours - Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Magenta, Cobalt Violet, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue.

Masking Fluid

The image was drawn out fairly accurately, using a 2B pencil. Masking fluid was applied to the main highlights and also to 'mid tone' areas which are surrounded by 'darks'.
The following washes were applied to damp paper:
Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet for the sky and distance, which merge seamlessly together. Cerulean, Cobalt Violet, Raw Sienna plus Cobalt Violet and Cobalt Blue plus Permanent Magenta were introduced for the water and 'mid distant' harbour structures. Cerulean plus Cobalt Violet, Raw Sienna plus Cobalt Violet, Cobalt Blue plus Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue plus Permanent Magenta and two mixes of Ultramarine Blue plus Burnt Sienna (a 'warm' and 'cool' version) were used for the harbour wall and its dark reflections, the roadway and the buildings on the right hand side.
The paper was then allowed to completely dry.
The masking fluid was removed from the distance and also the lighter areas in the water using light pressure and a clean finger. The paper should be completely dry.
Mixes of Cobalt Blue plus Permanent Magenta, Cobalt Blue plus Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue plus Burnt Sienna were then introduced, 'wet into wet' on dry paper, to increase the darks on the bridge. 
The remaining masking fluid was removed and the following colours introduced to the buildings on the right hand side:
Cobalt Blue plus Permanent Magenta, Cobalt Blue plus Burnt Sienna and two mixes of Ultramarine Blue plus Burnt Sienna (a 'warm' and 'cool' version). 
The lower section of the roadway was tinted with 'wet in wet', pale washes of Raw Sienna, Cobalt Violet and Cerulean.
Details such as lighting columns, handrails, figures etc were painted. Some of the sharp edges and 'pure' whites, which resulted from using masking fluid, were softened using washes of Cobalt Violet and Raw Sienna.
Finally, to add atmosphere, smoke was carefully lifted out using a damp brush and kitchen towel.   

Outr grateful thanks to Robert for supplying that feature. You can  see more of his work on his own excellent website from which you can also buy his insprational teaching books:

Here's Robert in action on his DVD Painting Atmospheric Watercolour Landscapes

New John Hoar DVD Out Now

I'm delighted to let you know that we have at last got supplies of our latest DVD which hs been keenly anticipated by so many of you. 

Your can order your copy here: Line, Wash and Watercolour DVD

Monday, 14 November 2011

Trailer For New John Hoar Line and Wash DVD

Just released - the official trailer for John Hoar's exciting new line and wash DVD. It's due out on Nov 29but can be pre ordered here: Line, Wash and Watercolour With John Hoar.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

New John Hoar Line And Wash DVD Available For Pre-Order

Our latest release featuring John Hoar - Line, Wash and Watercolour is now avaialble for pre-order on our web site. It should be released on November  29. It is a much anticipated DVD with some people placing their order as far back as March!! Thanks for your patience.

Don't forget you can include a pre-order in any multiple order and still get your 12% discount off the whole order. A trailer will follow shortly. For more details of the content please see  my earlier posting.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Tim Benson Taking Part In Open Studio Event

Tim Benson AROI will be showing His work as part of the 'Open Studios' weekend at The Chocolate Factory in Wood Green, North London from 11/11/2011-13/11/2011. Please click on the link for details. http://www.collage-arts.org/open-studios/ If you would like to find out more about his work please visit his  website at  http://timbenson.co.uk/

Tim says: "Come along and see some paintings"

Mel, oil on canvas 40" x 40".

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

New One Man Exhibition For Peter Wileman

Peter's latest exhibiton is at the splendid Walker Galleries in Harrogate Yorkshire and runs from November 5 -11. As it opens on Guy Fawkes night I'm sure we are in for some fireworks!

Here are some of Peter's pictures from the exhibition.

Peter's new book is still selling well and available at  only £10.69 on Amazon.
 Click on the following link: