WATERCOLOURS WITH LIFE SPRING WORKSHOP 2010
Taking The Lead
Original Watercolour by Jean Haines
It really is a hectic week as every morning I leave for my workshops and prepare for the day ahead. Yesterday was the second day of my Spring 2010 Watercolours With Life workshop and it was so wonderful to see faces in the room of artists who are now firm friends from having met in last years classes and also to meet new artists who have come to me for the first time.
We started the session with negative and positive painting in the morning looking at use of pigment aiming for clean fresh colour that sings as watercolour should. We looked at transparent shades versus opaques and how they interact. Using their qualities and knowledge of each is vital for good results.My favourite word came up time and time again. SIMPLIFY!
Last night we went for a meal together sharing laughter after the days concentration and it was fabulous spending time together minus a brush always being in our hands.
Today is the third workshop I am taking this week which is an all day flower session. I decorated the hall last night in advance with flower arrangements and will still visit the florist on my way to the workshop this morning just in case something magical is there that we all just have to capture with our brushes.There are many wonderful flowers from my cottages also to choose from as subjects.
Following todays class everyone has been invited to a new gallery that is about to open to an exhibition of my work and then it will be another evening meal together in another location. I find I don't eat very much during these weeks because I am so fascinated in what everyone has to say so yes, to anyone who asked me, my plate is often still full at the end of each meal!
Now a special message to someone who told me they read my blog every single morning and laughingly explained they feel like a stalker. Good morning! I hope you are laughing as much as I am when I typed this line, I have a feeling you are not alone as I am having some lovely comments this week and by email letting me know how much my blog is enjoyed!
........................and I will be back sharing new paintings next week after this workshop period!
Tomorrow I have invited a few artists who have travelled such a long way to see me to a very small group session so that we can share what they have been up to over the last twelve months and then I need to prepare to take work to London this weekend for my next exhibition there.
Time is flying!