On Tuesday 13th Oct at 2PM (UK time), join award winning artist Aine Divine for a 45min live Arty Class from her studio in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In this short exercise, Aine will be painting an eye in watercolour using flat brushes, from a live model without drawing first. This will be from a three quarter view. See more details below.

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"A favourite steadying exercise of mine is to draw or paint my own eye, often in the windscreen mirror. It really is a fascinating and absorbing thing to do. In being fully absorbed in looking I am transported right back into the present moment. Today I'll be painting my daughter Erins eye. She will be lit by a single source of natural light, and I'll sit her on a bar stool so she is at eye level with me. I'll stand at the easel, ready to take a step back every so often. If you need to sit, be sure you are at arms length from the easel and can lean back easily to take a wider view. My advice here is to do what you can to be fully attentive. Really observe without any preconceived ideas of what an eye looks like. Maybe you can even forget it is an eye that you are looking at and see only in terms of shape, colour and tone. Really it's about bringing an attitude of curiosity.

I'd like to pass on today the things I look for when translating a three dimensional eye to paper. There are certain shadows, lines and shapes that are particularly helpful when painting an eye. I'll outline these one step at a time, looking at the eye from a 3/4 view. I have photographed Erin so that you have a similar view to mine to work from. If you can, find a live sitter; while it feels riskier, I feel there is more to be gained from actually seeing and selecting shapes, tones and colours from reality rather than a 2d image. In practise beforehand, you could always give painting your own eye a go."


If you are a Patron of ShopKeepArty, click here for a step by step article written by Aine for the Artists & Illustrator magazine called 'HOW TO PAINT EYES IN WATERCOLOUR".

See Reference picture and recommended materials below

Example of Aine's eye (featured on the front cover of a Sky Arts series book):

Recommended Materials:

• Here are the brushes I recommend for this exercise, available from the range https://images.app.goo.gl/9XTDVYH998L94Hs39

• I also use the 11/2" flat brush from my set with Rosemary and co. (optional for this exercise) https://youtu.be/p17JT-UX7Gg

• The colours; I use Winsor and Newton artists watercolours in tubes, but really any watercolour paint in these colours will work.

Sap green, Cadmium red, Cadmium Lemon yellow, yellow ochre, viridian green, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue and vandyke brown. Cadmium orange (optional)

• I use bockingford paper, the NOT surface (which is in between rough and smooth) I use the heavy 535 gsm paper,  but really for this exercise any weight is fine, and no need to buy Bockingford specially, any watercolour paper will work.

• Kitchen paper is useful for drying the brush, and masking tape for sticking your paper to the drawing board, if you don't have an easel you can always lean the board on a chair, or if sitting, perch it on your knees and lean the top against a table. I like the board to be as vertical as possible, it reduces distortion when painting down what you see. If you are left handed you'll look out the right side, and vice versa. Make sure your water and materials are within easy reach...so your main focus is on observing and translating what you see swiftly and easily.

I look forward very much to sharing the joy of this approach to watercolour painting with you...roll on October :)

Shout-outs for this Arty Class:

The South African Artist

Chapel Cottage Studio

On Tuesday 6th Oct at 2PM (UK time), join professional artist Sujit Sudhi live from India.

In this short exercise, Sujit will demonstrate how flowing water is such a fascinating subject to paint in watercolour and is something that can be attained with very few brushstrokes. This quick exercise is targeted at demonstrating how to paint convincing waterscapes without much effort.

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Recommended Materials:

(This is just a guide)

• Paper :

Any good quality 300 GSM Cold Press paper. ( Arches, Saunders, Fabriano or any other brand of your choice). 38 X 27 cms (15 X 11 inches)

• Brushes :

#8 or #10 mop

3/4 inch flat

#12 round

#8 round

#0 liner (rigger)

• Paints:

Cerulean Blue

Cobalt Blue

French Ultramarine

Prussian Blue

Sap Green

Yellow Ochre


Permanent Orange

Burnt Sienna

Light Red / Indian Red

• An atomiser

• Kitchen Rolls

Join Sujit Sudhi, live from India, for a 2hrs+ exclusive workshop webinar where he'll explore painting flowing water using watercolour. 3:30PM (UK time) on Thursday, 15th October 2020.

Watercolour is a fascinating medium. It is as full of glorious uncertainties and happy accidents as much as it is laden with frustration and heartbreaks. When done right, It can intoxicate you and get you addicted to painting. Landscapes are fun to paint. It’s always a challenge to create the illusion of depth and distance on a two dimensional plane together with capturing the mood and atmosphere of the scene. There is a multitude of subjects that mother nature provides you with and water is one of them. Painting moving water is an enjoyable experience and in this session you will watch how I paint moving water using as few brushstrokes as possible.


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In this workshop you’ll learn to:

• Compose a painting that involves flowing water keeping in mind design concepts that are essential to make a painting pop.

• Use the wet-on-wet techniques to render moving water and create the illusion of water gushing down.

• Plan your painting in such a way that there is enough contrast to draw the attention of the viewer to the water despite the use of minimal brushstrokes.

• Last but not least, enjoy the process and not worry about the result!

**See workshop reference pictures and recommended materials below**

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Materials required:

[These are the supplies I use but you’re welcome to use what you have]

• Paper:

- Any good quality 300 GSM Cold Press paper. (Arches, Saunders, Fabriano or any other brand of your choice). 38 X 27 cms (15 X 11 inches)

• Brushes:

- #8 or #10 mop 

- 3/4 inch flat

- #12 round

- #8 round

- #0 liner (rigger)

• Paints:

- Cerulean Blue

- French Ultramarine

- Prussian Blue

- Sap Green

- Yellow Ochre

- Gamboge

- Burnt Sienna

- Light Red / Indian Red

• An atomiser

• Kitchen Roll

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