Workshop: Paradise Gardens in Thailand with Joe Dowden

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Join watercolour artist Joe Dowden for this 2-3hr workshop webinar to explore and create a Paradise garden scene. ** Details below ** Broadcast live from England on 3 February 2022.

 

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SUMMARY

Paint along with Joe in this workshop to make a string composition and paint water and reflections whilst adding something special to bring a scene alive. If you’ve ever wondered what value means, Joe will show you how to do it simply, and how it can revolutionise your work and make it look professional. This scene, though in Thailand, could be in any landscape or city park in the world. That means the methods you can learn here are useful for any project. This one workshop alone can equip you to paint almost any scene realistically.


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MATERIALS

• PAPER: Arches 300gsm rough, 15” x 11” or quarter imperial recommended.


• PAINTS: Tube paints. Joe uses artists quality. Van Gogh student colours are good value and good for student colours. Mostly though, tubes are preferable. White Knight pans are the only pans that I know are OK for this. You can usually use a number of different pigments and colours to get similar results and I can give alternatives on the day.

Cadmium lemon. Burnt Sienna. Cobalt blue, Ultramarine blue. Phthalo blue, (Windsor Blue red or green shade). Quinacridone magenta, (or similar Quinacridone or Alizarin crimson). Quinacridone gold. Burnt sienna. Burnt umber. Payne's grey or Neutral tint. Phthalo green. Naples Yellow.

Supplementary colours - Cobalt Turqouise (Windsor and Newton Cobalt Turqouise Light). Cadmium Red Light (Or Cadmium Red Middle). Light red, Azo green (Green gold).

• BRUSHES: Sable Round brushes. Size 3 and 7. Larger natural fibre wash brush, Goat, Hake, squirrel or sable. Fine pointing synthetic brush for masking.

Note, pointed sable brushes are referred to as "Round" or "Rounds". They are round headed when dry, pointed when wet. When new they are fashioned into a point with wax, and enclosed in a plastic tube. Never ever replace the plastic tube once it has been removed, as this severely damages the fibres. • OTHER: MASKING FLUID. Preferably colourless such as Windsor and Newton, Windsor and Newton Colourless masking fluid. ‘B’ or 2B. Knife for sharpening, or pencil sharpener.

China Palettes - 4 or 5 square or rectangular ceramic sandwich plates, but any sandwich plates are fine. Kitchen roll. Spare Watercolour paper for testing colour. Typing or printer paper for techniques which may be used. A sheet of tracing paper can be helpful. Big water jars.