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

Painting like Cezanne

‘ Painting like Cezanne ‘Paul Cézanne was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work introduced new modes of representation and influenced avant garde artistic movements of the early 20th century’. Wikipedia Our instructor Caroline Marsland demonstrated and  talked of the way Paul Cezanne painted. He looked for structure and forms in his paintings with … Read more

Drawing hands

Caroline started the new year with a quick demonstration on drawing hands. Drawing hands start with drawing shapes composed of rectangles. . The palm is the largest  rectangle . The fingers are made up of three rectangles built on each other. The end of the finger has a smaller pointed rectangle. The thumb is place … Read more

Timed sketches

TIMED SKETCHES (1 minute/5 minutes/15 minutes). Caroline used charcoal and pastel paper. Pastel paper gets the best from charcoal as it has more ‘tooth’ giving stronger tonal values. Why timed sketches? The time limitation makes you really look. Concentrate on the line. Look at shapes, the major shapes, and corresponding shadows. Time restriction limits being … Read more

Paint like Picasso

#Caroline showed Various works done by Picasso to show the different stages of his work. Initially Picasso was traditional in his portraiture.Eyes to  direct to the viewer and skin colour was authentic. The second image shows he is starting to play with colour (NB the colour wheel was invented in 1850) Picasso would have studied … Read more

Tonal Values in Portraiture

The demonstration started with a spectrum from white to black – many variations Using pencils 7b and 8b Mars Lumugraph – Caroline found no shine but sticky Going from light to dark adds drama In portraiture tonal values offer impact especially around the eyes with paper left white (see example drawing) Examples:  Monet and Caravaggio … Read more