Workshop: Light and Shade through Woodland Bluebells with Robert Dutton

Join professional award winning artist Robert Dutton for a 2-3 hours workshop. Filmed live from the UK on 29 April 2021.

A wonderful watercolour/gouache and soft pastel workshop to fully explore loose and expressive painting techniques while creating a lovely work of art. Learn all the exciting layering techniques with watercolour, gouache and soft pastel to fully explore surface textures, light and shade, colour nuances, distance, shape and form.


You will learn how and when to apply the right amount of paint from translucent through to opaque and finish your expressive painting with all the right pastel colour choices to create a spectacular painting that will really jump and dazzle between colourful fauna and flora between in Spring Sunlight amidst deep and dramatic tree shadows.

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Reference painting

Reference photo

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Recommended materials list


Gouache or watercolour Tube paints in the following colours highly recommended or bring your own favourite colours if you don't want to buy all of these. These are my palette colours and I will be using them but you can use similar if you don’t have them specifically: Magenta, Winsor Violet, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Qiunacridone Gold, Lemon Yellow, Viridia, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Blue, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Indigo, Yellow Ochre, Winsor Green.


Permanent White Gouache. Essential!

Print out your photograph reference on A4 GLOSS paper. Ordinary photo copier papers and the colours sink. Alternatively, use an ipad or similar, leave it on lock (so the picture stays on permanently), enlarge the reference full screen after download and work from that.


Soft and hard pastels (of your choice) different colours,

A variety of different watercolour brushes.


Essential: large brushes such as sizes 24, 30 round and 1 and 2 inch 'flats', Swordliner (large) and above in size Large Chinese soft hair brushes if you have them are highly recommended to bring also.

Your own favourite brushes too but the large brushes are essential!!

Recommended brushes - Robert Dutton's Recommended Brushes | ShopKeepArty on Patreon


An old hog brush or tooth brush for textured paint effects,

Water Spray atomiser,

Old jam jars (for clean water mixing),

White old ceramic plates on which to mix your paints or equivalent - several of them please

Kitchen roll,

Masking tape,

Bulldog clips,

Watercolour 100% cotton rag 300gsm (140lb) 'not' surface highly recommended.

Graphite stick - 4B,

An eraser

Pastel fixative (essential),

Soft and hard pastels to include darks but not blacks - highly recommended Unison Colour 'Midnight Set', Unison Colour pastels and Rembrandt harder pastels