Sunday, 7 March 2010


Our first workshop of the year took place on Saturday when we worked with watercolour pencils. The morning was taken up with practicing the many diverse methods of using this media from dry contour work, to drawing into wet paper, scrapping pigment from the tip of the pencil, cross hatching, blending, lifting to create highlights, etc. Each member attending selected an object from the many objects I had collected and brought in from a mixed supply of fresh fruit, to small ceramic figures, pots, feathers, jugs, cones and on and on as seen in this photo.

Here is some early work by my regulars showing contour drawing, wetting the pigment after applying to dry paper, wetting tip of pencil for strong marks, lifting out colour and scrapping pigment from the tip of the pencil onto wet paper.

We had four new members to the group and some of their morning practicing work is shown below: The first two images show work by two young teenagers who joined us with undoubted artistic talents wishing to develop their skills.
The strawberries and apples were painted by new members who would normally go through my basic drawing skills before embarking on colour work and under the circumstances very courageously tried these rather complex techniques.
Finally, I am proud to say that one of my teenage regulars is embarking on an illustrative project for a children's storybook and found watercolour pencils really interesting to develop her characters.
The day flew by with our usual breaks for drinks and biscuits (am) and cakes (pm) with everyone really surprised to find how this overlooked cinderella media is so versatile.


Sandy Maudlin said...

You make colored pencils look so alive and glorious, not a Cinderella story at all. Congrats on your wonderful workshop.. I'd imagine that everyone was 'young' at heart.

DJ said...

Sounds like a fantastic day of experimental work mixed with play and good snacks!
And yummy results on paper, too.
Wish I could have been there...I just know you're wonderful with students, Joan!

Robert A Vollrath said...

I love water color pencils but hadn't thought about using them for years.
Thanks for reminding me about this type of art.

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