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Workshop: Forest River Reflections with Joe Dowden

Join award winning watercolour artist and author Joe Dowden for this in-depth look at painting river reflections. A 2-3 hour workshop, broadcast live from England on 20 May 2021.


See reference and recommended materials below:

In this informative workshop, Joe will walk you through how to paint this stunning river composition. Joe's river painting is achieved through abstract and creative processes.

Among other things, Joe will teach you in depth how to paint a woodland river in watercolour whilst teaching you the techniques to create texture and light which will result in being able to paint water easily. You will learn how to mix any colour accurately and by the end of this workshop you will discover a way of painting beyond your expectations and a way of going on to paint anything you choose!

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Reference painting

Ref sketch

Workshop Painting

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Recommended materials

• PAPER: Arches 300gsm rough. 140lb. Other good paper is Two Rivers or Millford. Expect to work at about 12 inches across, about the size of an A4 sheet. Joe stretches his paper by soaking it both sides for 10 minutes and stapling it to varnished plywood with 6mm Stanley A class staples. He removes staples after the painting has dried with a carpet fitters tack lifter and a self grip wrench.

• PAINTS: Tube watercolour paints:

Cadmium lemon,

Quinacridone gold,

Phthalo green,

Paynes Grey,

Burnt Sienna,

Burnt umber,

Naples yellow,

Quinacridone Magenta,

Phthalo blue

• BRUSHES: Sable round brushes. Large, medium, small. (10-12, 8-7, 3-2), Rough cheap hog hair brush, such as cheap bargain shop set brushes. • OTHER: Toothbrush, Indian ink pen and/or fine pointing synthetic brush, cheap rough bristle brush; Masking fluid, small synthetic brush for applying masking fluid, or any applicator, masking tape. kitchen roll. B or 2B grade pencil, scrap watercolour paper, flat china palettes such as dinner plates etc.


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