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Workshop: A Quirky Coastal Scene with John Devitt

Join professional artist, John Devitt to paint a quirky coastal scene. Filmed live on 25th Aug '20.

In this 2-3 hour masterclass you will be focussing on how to completing a quirky coastal scene from the beginning drawing to the final brushstroke. I will explore the kinds of colour combinations which I feel work particularly well and how to make those colour choices work really effectively in a painting.

We will look at drawing which involves very little perspective at all and the tips tricks and techniques that “ lift “ a painting including depth and intensity of colour and how to portray buildings simply to eliminate the fear of “getting it wrong“. You will be working from one of John's paintings which we will reproduce in the masterclass. In addition John will be explaining how he chooses his subjects and the small things that enhance his particular style.

You can watch the video of the live session by clicking the unlocked video below. If it isn't unlocked, you can purchase it by visiting the shop here:

See video, reference picture, materials required and paintings received below.

Reference Picture:

Workshop Video (to unlock this video, purchase here)

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Materials Required

  • Watercolour paper. John uses The Langton 140lb Rough Grain pads as I find I don’t need to stretch this paper to work on. But any decent rough grain paper will do.

  • Watercolours. John uses White Nights/ St.Petersburg Watercolours but again any reputable watercolours will suffice but definitely include : indigo, yellow ochre burnt sienna burnt umber and sap green or olive green and cadmium yellow. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got pans or tubes.

  • Brushes. John only really use two brushes - a medium sized brush for large areas in a painting and a smaller one with which you can achieve a fine edge.

  • Waterproof Pens. John uses Staedtler Lumicolour (Fine) and Unipin Fine line 0.2 mm. These two particular pens are both waterproof instantly and fadeproof.


Paintings sent in to us:


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