Improvers Watercolours

Improvers Watercolour Video Demonstrations

The pictures below, with my original demo paintings (interpretations of the photos shown above), show the subjects currently available as video links. They are aimed at people who are at the more advanced ‘improvers’ level in painting with watercolours and cost ¬£8 each (there is a sample link to watch for demo no. 1 as a taster).

Lasting approx. 1 hour + on average, they are divided into several stages for easier reference use. Each demonstration has a running commentary on the colours and techniques used, recorded in stages on my phone camera. They can be sent to you by WhatsApp (07858 054522) or by email: neilaclarke75@gmail.com (by return link). The original photo I used as reference for the painting can be sent to you to print or view on your browser.

This section updated on 20/10/20.

 

1. Greater Blasket Island, Ireland  (total duration: 76mins : 59secs over 15 stages)

https://photos.app.goo.gl/WNXrLGo7XUarKiu9A

 

 

2. Northumberland from Lindisfarne (total duration: 49:23 over 8 stages)

 

 

3. Grey Ladies stone circle, Peak District (total duration: 81:34 over 10 stages)

 

 

4. Valentia Lighthouse and Atlantic breakers, Ireland (total duration: 56:35 over 5 stages)

 

 

5. Footpath from Bedstead, Hampshire (total duration: 80:37 over 5 stages)

 

 

6. Sunrise over Lode Lane, Peak District (total duration: 79:04 over 8 stages)

 

 

7. Allotment Gardens (total duration: 80:02 over 5 stages)

 

 

8. The Manifold Valley in the Peak District (total duration: 105:04 over 8 stages)

 

 

9. Norfolk Garden (total duration: 78:34 over 9 stages)

 

 

10. The Old Sawmill (total duration: 191:11 over 12 stages)

 

 

11. Georgian House (Perpective drawing involved – total duration: 112:18 over 5 stages)

 

 

12. Crossing the River Trent (total duration: 58:44 over 4 stages)

 

 

13. Woolsthorpe Manor (total duration: 92:29 over 5 stages)

 

 

14. In the rain (total duration: 92:53 over 7 stages)

 

 

15. Norfolk Church (total duration: 131:26 over 6 stages)

 

Equipment and materials that I use for watercolour painting

The main palette of six Winsor & Newton ‘professional quality’ watercolours that I use (from the tube) include: French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Blue (red shade), Winsor Lemon (replacing cadmium lemon), Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna (cheaper quality watercolours, such as the W&N ‘Cotman’ range, include bulking paste that can lead to dullness of colour if over mixed). I do not mix in any black or white paint when using a pure/transparent watercolour technique, but I often use permanent white gouache for body colour/highlights etc. I use Copydex (latex) glue as a masking fluid to preserve areas of white paper.

I mainly use round (size 10, 12 or 14) synthetic sable ‘Pro-Arte – Prolene Plus series 007’ brushes for most of my painting with the addition of a 3/4″ flat wash brush and a ‘rigger’ for fine lines (stiff oil paint brushes are good for texture and spattering). The more brushes you use, the less they wear out over time.

I normally paint onto a thick (medium ‘Not’ texture surface) watercolour paper stretched (if larger than A4) onto a 9mm thick piece of plywood board using brown paper gummed tape (the watercolour paper has to be completely wet on both sides before taping down – then it will shrink fractionally when it’s dry to leave a flat drum tight painting surface).

I use a porcelain plate for mixing paint in the studio along with a plastic palette with spaces for the dried paint to remain (and topped up from the tube when needed). Out on site I use a small folding metal paint box.