Paul Talbot-Greaves – Watercolour Freedom
Two day course
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June
In this workshop, you will be encouraged to let go of some of the common rules and beliefs of watercolour painting to help free up your work and give you confidence. Often, when you use techniques that are contrary to established rules, you can create some amazing effects in your paintings. The course will comprise of group painting exercises and demonstrations, putting the methods into context of finished studio paintings.
Includes homemade lunch and refreshments both days
About the Artist
Paul Talbot-Greaves is a professional artist who works with watercolour, oil and acrylic. His work reflects the rugged scenery of the landscape either in the context of wild places or in the nature of the Yorkshire hills where he lives.
He draws his inspiration from historical connections using layers of colour, texture, shapes and patterns applied with energy and feeling. His main inspiration is light and the effects created by the contrasts of shadows.
Paul writes articles for The Artist magazine (UK) and has four practical art books published. He has won many awards and shows regularly with the RI in London. He is represented by numerous galleries based around the North of England.
What you will need to bring
Reference photos to work from Try to keep your subjects simple (uncluttered) if possible and for best results make sure they contain some light and dark. Many people nowadays work from I-pads and tablets.
Paints Tubes are best as they allow you to use various consistencies of paint and just for reference my normal palette contains permanent sap green, Hooker’s green, viridian, cobalt turquoise, cerulean blue, Winsor blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine, Winsor violet, perylene violet, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow pale, New Gamboge, Winsor lemon, neutral tint. In addition, I also use permanent white gouache.
Brushes Good quality yield the best results, such as sables and squirrel mops. If you are working on a budget, I would recommend sable/synthetic mix brushes. Try to have a small selection of sizes, say 04, 06, 08 and a larger wash/mop type brush.
Paper Good quality such as Saunders Waterford, Arches or similar cotton paper. If using cellulose paper, make sure you use a quality brand such as Bockingford or Langton. I usually work to a size 56x38cm but I’d recommend working half this size (38x28cm) unless you are confident in applying large washes of paint.
Other equipment Water pot*, palette*, Pencils 4B or softer*, Putty rubber*, kitchen roll, masking tape, water spray, household sponge wipe (thin moppit type), board*.
*Avaialable to borrow at the studios, there will also be paper to buy on the day