On 21st September we welcomed inventive Janette Williams, the Castle Acre self taught artist, to give our Art Group a demonstration of her use of Watercolour, moving and sculpting the paint to form shapes and effects. Janette took us through the set up process. Rather than using pans for painting Janette uses tubes, she also uses large brushes - the bigger the better and moves the paint around the paper using credit cards! Janette also introduced the Group to the concept of using ink jet printed tracing paper to transfer words like poetry onto the artwork using PVA glue. All very interesting.
Janette recommends A3 paper standard block pads for practice then heavy weight Bockingford paper for the finished pieces. Using a Sunflower Head as her reference, Janette prepared her pallet with a selection of colours, mostly primary although she selected Sap Green and Viridian (her current favourite colour) for the foliage. With the paper wet all over it was straight in with a loaded big brush, no sketching first.
Muted background first leaving areas of the paper unpainted for the flower head. Then producing broad brush stokes resembling the petals and positioning the stalk and foliage Janette quickly changed colours having washed her brush in large pots. The paint was layered thickly on the wet paper and whist it was still wet Janette used her credit cards and sculpted the paint into the shape of the petals and leaves. Very effective and showed good tonal qualities. The pictures below show Janette”s step by step approach for the demonstration and after lunch a number of the Group tried their hand at producing a floral arrangement using the same techniques. Very effective and enjoyable demonstration opening our eyes to new painting techniques. A big thank you Janette for sharing your passion for art with a difference and giving us a most informative day.
Janette’s website if you’d like more information is: janettewilliamsart.co.uk
Art Group members studies from the afternoon workshop, some pleasing results all round:
Things are slowly getting back to normal and we are delighted to announce that we have secured Janette Williams, a talented self taught artist to come along and give us a demo and run a workshop for the Group. Janette will focus on watercolour as the medium and plans to 'play with colour' by putting down the brushes and using items such as an old credit card. Promises to be enlightening.
A bit like old times having a visiting artist join us for the day. If you like to know more about Janette work please visit her website at:
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