Painting a Short Haired Black Dog

Caroline did a rough sketch in acrylic paint of the Labrador, then mixed colours rather than using black. She looked for colours which were picked up in the sheen from the surroundings, green and red to give it depth. Make it stand out rather than a boring photo. Blocked in all the dark areas first, mix of … Read more

Pointalism in Watercolour

Pointillism describes a technique in which hundreds of small dots or dashes of pure colour are applied to the canvas in order to create maximum luminosity. Colour spots are blended into a range of tones. The dots of colour give a richer and more subtle effect then can be achieved by conventional techniques. George Seuart … Read more

Moody Landscapes with Acrylic

Moody landscape

Caroline Marsland, Dupont instructor,  started this painting using a fluid wash of acrylic with watercolour techniques, . Using these light washes gives luminosity to the sky which is painted with cobalt blue. You don’t get this affect with thick paint. Caroline added a yellow red mix with the blue on top for the sky, blending … Read more

How to Draw Pastel in the Style of DEGAS

How to draw pastel portraits in the style of Degas Dupont Art Club instructor, Caroline Marsland used a reference photo of a young woman to demonstrate chalk pastel portrait using the linear layering technique used by Degas, who also influenced the work of Mary Cassatt. After a brief look at their paintings and an appreciation … Read more

Using Warm and Cool Colours in your Landscape

WARM AND COOL COLOURS.  A landscape in acrylic   Caroline showed how she sets up her palette with warm and cool versions of green, red, yellow and blue plus white. She painted a simple seascape to show how the principle of  cooler and paler colours in the distance and darker, warmer colours in the foreground … Read more

Colour Mixing for Dark Skin

  Dupont Art instructor Caroline gave a demonstration on mixing colors in order to obtain the right hue for dark skin. She stated that the actual color of the skin depends on the lighting in the room or the light  outside. If looking at a photo, it also depends on the surrounding colors which reflect … Read more

Painting with Ink and Bleach with a dash of Watercolor

Ink and Bleach with a dash of Watercolour Supplies; thick bleach, Quink black Ink, brushes, watercolour paper, watercolours. Containers for water, thick bleach and weak bleach( half bleach half water). Indian Ink doesn’t shift as much as quink ink You must think about  health and safety using bleach so use  latex gloves, safety glasses if … Read more

Painting Flowers with Watercolour

Caroline started her Irus  flower by wetting the area that was to be painted. The base colour is put in and when it was somewhat dry,  she added colour and shadows with the tip of her brush. Once dry she can add in more details. If she wants this to bleed a little, she will … Read more

Graphic Design: Designing for Fabric

Graphic Design: Designing for Fabric. At our #dupontartclub Wednesday class, Caroline discussed  the thought processes and construction of a design, and then demonstrated using graphic conkers, ivy and acorns imagery. The application for domestic fabric and wallpapers requires a repeatable design, various ideas of which were demonstrated and different example shown. The function of the … Read more

Capturing Texture in Driftwood using Watercolour

A demonstration on capturing texture in driftwood using watercolour Careful observation is key to the success of this still life.  Dupont instructor, Caroline Marsland, laid down an underpainting of the lights and darks of the wood using the brush strokes vertically in the direction of the grain.  Then using the tip of the brush to … Read more