Figures in the landscape workshop


SLIDESHOW…a mixture of MY work and STUDENT work

What a satisfied tired feeling after a great workshop (and guys tidying up did not take long but did anyone hide or accidentally pick up one of my favorite little blue handled teardrop brushes…2 “ran away” but I have located one).

We started with a little reminder on proportion …. watch  for big heads…… then on to Bob’s Blobs… a most fantastic loosener to remind us that there are a lot of important things that help with this type of figure painting but detail is not one of them. Great exercise to get the brush moving . Thank you so much Robert Wade for coming to NW Tas to teach us your magic many years ago.

On to a little more refined figures, but still loose… a bit of a look at other watercolourists work (Ron Ranson, Malcolm Beattie, Hazel Soan). Reference photos and silhouette references to help. A variety of brushes to try (we all find our own preferred) but all did well using the full body of the brushes with a little more refined drawing with the tip only when required.

After lunch a little mention of posture, balance and the lovely counterchange which adds so much light especially when adding the figure before the background. Finally a quick little landscape (graduated sky, water and a little sand) and adding a figure last, working on soft Fabriano paper so if desired some colour could be easily lifted from where the person was to go. I also gave each participant a  perspex sheet and demonstrated how to use this to aid with shape, positioning and size before committing.

A lot covered… some wonderful little pictures and lots of little stories told within them… find the windswept girl bracing her body against the blast, the “number one’ sweetie in a typical little girl stance cute, the fishermen companions, the lady leaning a little straining towards whatever she’ watching coming, the contemplative young fellow who is a little sad perhaps ….   great little stories with simple, uncluttered paintings.

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3 comments on “Figures in the landscape workshop

  1. Sue Glover says:

    Hi Evelyn thank you for a great Workshop on figures in the landscape last Saturday. Exhausting, exhilerating and extremely informative. Have painted figures in my watercolour painting today…..hope your brush finds it way home…Sue.

    • Thanks Sue. I look forward to seeing your new paintings with their figures (or have you added new interest to previously painted works… figures can be good for that too. You just need to be aware of the transparent nature of watercolours, the type of paper (whether it is easy to lift out when necessary) and whether colours used previously are staining ones. There is always gouache to help if you don’t mind it). I do so enjoy taking workshops for both beginners and experienced artists such as yourself. Yes I do tend to put a lot in so they can be tiring but so satisfying.

    • I have both brushes back Sue. Hope ou are still enjoying “playing” with people!

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