Workshop: Sunshine and Shadows with Grahame Booth

Join professional artist Grahame Booth for another of his popular 2-3 hour workshops. Filmed live from Northern Ireland on 22nd April, 2021.

In this workshop Grahame will use the reference photo below to look more closely at how to really create a sense of warmth and sunshine.

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Grahame will look at the difference between form shadows and cast shadows as well as how to achieve effects such as reflected light and how to avoid shadows turning into dead, dark areas without interest or variety. He will show how shadows can be relatively light yet still create the illusion of sunshine. You'll love the finished painting!


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Workshop painting

Reference photo

Pencil sketch

Pencil sketch (reinforced)

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Recommended materials list


< Grahame advises that you draw the subject ready for painting. He will not be including all of the boats in the painting. The two in front and the two to the left can be excluded if you wish >


• 200lb Saunders NOT paper. Any good quality watercolour paper, rough or NOT (cold pressed) can be used.


• Variety of brushes from Rosemary and Co, make sure you have at least one or two well pointed round brushes as well as a swordliner or rigger for the smaller suggested details.


• Grahame will be using his usual palette which consists of: French ultramarine, phthalo blue GS, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, cadmium red, quinacridone magenta, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow, quinacridone gold, aureolin, Indian yellow and white gouache. He will not use all of these colours in the painting. Do not feel you must use the same materials.


• A water spray may also be used along with kitchen roll.


• It is better that you use paint and materials you are familiar with