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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Rothbury Demonstration

Wet drive to Rothbury for watercolour class at Coquetdale Art Gallery
from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm- direct road still closed due to landslide.

Eight people at the class - Ann, Jane, Josie, Barbara, Heather,Sheila, Carol and Ted who was also steward in the gallery so had one eye looking for visitors.

In the morning we painted a traditional watercolour landscape using transparent washes of a coastal scene of Sandend on the Moray Firth in Scotland.

My painting that session

Overall wash used was cobalt blue greyed off with brown madder and Naples yellow for the lower sky then same blue for sea and far rocks and raw sienna for the sand  painting around the white houses. Wet into wet building wash of cobalt blue, raw sienna, and brown madder painting the negative shapes of the fence posts and poles.
Masking tape used as a guide for the horizon and cobalt blue for the sea.
Rocks three washes 
  1. Raw sienna 
  2. Cobalt blue, permanent magenta and raw sienna for shadows
  3. Brown madder with ultramarine blue or ultramarine and burnt sienna for the darks.

Students work at midday.

The late afternoon was more a fun session which everyone seemed to enjoy doing
 a black outline of a village and filling in the shapes with textured watercolour.
Cling film, splatter in a confined area blocked off with masking tape and  plastic needle workers grid to give an impression of roof tiles were used.

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