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Workshop: The Importance of Simplification with Grahame Booth

With your host John


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Join professional artist Grahame Booth walk you through the importance of simplification in paintings. Filmed live in N.Ireland on 19th January 2021.


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**Recommended materials below**


Following on from Grahame’s Arty Class, he will delve more deeply into the important topic of simplifying the subject.

A good painting will almost always be a simplified version of the real subject, but just how do we go about the process of simplification? Unfortunately it is not just about leaving things out, but instead it is how to give the impression of detail without actually painting it.

There are several ways of approaching this and in this 2-3 hour workshop, there will

be plenty of time to address most if not all of them. He will also look at the perspective of

circular structures such as this windmill and show you how to draw them accurately.

Reference painting:

Reference photo:

Recommended materials

Grahame will use 140lb Millford NOT paper along with a variety of brushes from Rosemary and Co.

Any good quality watercolour paper, rough or NOT (cold pressed) can be used but 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, naples yellow and white gouache.

He will not use all of these colours in the painting. Do not feel you must use the same

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

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



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