18th January - Keith Hornblower Townscapes - Watercolour
About the tutor and this workshop: Keith has a background in architectural illustration - He is a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Illustrators. He now splits his time between illustration and watercolour art, exhibiting worldwide and regularly at the Mall Galleries with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. His approach is spontaneous, bold and direct and his workshops encourage students to take risks, not worry about mistakes and lose the fear of a blank sheet of white paper. He is very much a tonal painter and the workshop begins with a quick tonal study using a limited palette of colours. If you want to paint more loosely, but are afraid to let go of the habit of "colouring in", this is for you!
What do you need to bring along? You can bring along whatever painting materials you normally use, although Keith makes the following suggestions:
Paper Rough or cold-pressed, about A3 size. Bockingford is a good budget paper. Keith does not recommend Langton which he says is too much like blotting paper. If you use loose sheets they will need a lightweight backing board so the paper can be tilted.
Paints Keith uses tube colour so he can lay it on thick for the darks. If you use pan colours, Keith recommends wetting them well beforehand to get them nice and gloopy. Better to have a few Artist’s Quality paints than a large range of cheap ones. The colours he uses are mainly:
French Ultramarine Blue
A bright yellow (Aureolin, Cadmium Yellow light or similar)
Cerulean Blue (or Turquoise)
Cadmium Red Light
Black or Neutral Tint
A couple of mop brushes, large and medium, plus a small detail brush. Keith likes squirrel mops that come to a decent point, but there are good synthetic equivalents
A rigger or extended point brush for long thin lines.
Tissues or kitchen roll
Tape if using loose sheets on a board
Soft pencil (2B- 4B)
Please don't forget a cover for your table!
Reference Material Keith will bring reference material for everyone