Have you ever wanted to try watercolours but been too frightened to try? Or have you tried and ended up with a dull, muddy mess?
You need to come to one of Neville Peterkin’s watercolour workshops at Lyndendale Gallery. No mud here!
This workshop was for beginners and Neville started everyone off using basically the same image.
However, before they could do anything, they needed to know how to do a watercolour wash. Neville’s demonstration made it look easy. But, as everyone soon discovered, they could do it too. The trick was to keep a puddle of watercolour and work it down the page.
What about the paper? It needs to be stretched. how? Wet it then tape it to a board. Sounds easy and it turned out that everyone found it so.
After the taping a cloth is placed on the tape and pressure applied – downward only! If you run your hands sideways you remove the glue and the tape comes away.
Back inside, Neville explains about the various types of watercolour paint – staining, non-staining and granulating. What a difference your choice makes!
Here’s the chart Neville uses to list the qualities of the various colours.
And, of course, no artist can work without a knowledge of colour theory and the colour wheel.
Before getting down to the serious stuff there was time to test various effects. What a relief that Neville demonstrated first!
And then the painting begins. What are the rules? From light to dark and from broad detail to specific detail.
But Neville’s three main rules are:-
1. Don’t fiddle
2 Don’t fiddle
3. Don’t fiddle.
As the painting nears its conclusion and one wonders whether to just do a little bit more, these rules come to mind.
Not a trace of mud! All these folk are lining up for Neville Peterkin’s workshops for developing artists coming soon.
Lyndendale gallery is really proud to have people of Neville’s ilk conducting workshops here. Interested?