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Sunday, 6 September 2015

From John Instance's Demo

I was disappointed not to be able to make it to John's demo, but Jean Simnett has very kindly written up a report of the evening:


John gave us an interesting and informative demonstration of his watercolour painting style, choosing a subject close to his heart, the River Severn.  He told us that he loves painting outdoors but now generally sketches, en plein air, directly onto 300lb, Hot Pressed, unstretched watercolour paper.  He then completes the picture in his studio using photos as extra reminders.  He sometimes visits the selected site more than once, until he has all the information he needs to complete the painting.

He had prepared his sketch and, whilst painting, gave us full details of the Winsor and Newton Artists paint colours he uses and the mixes he prefers; the brushes he finds particularly useful (Jacksons “sky wash” speaks for itself and “one stroke” a fine flat he likes for windows); and also the mediums he uses (Ox Gall - to increase flow and Gum Arabic - to prevent bleeding into wet areas).  Many attending knew little about these mediums despite being quite experienced watercolourists.

He is assiduous in changing his water for each area painted and uses two palettes for different colours (skies and water and land and trees), in this way he keeps his work very clean and fresh and never muddy. 

I am sure all attending would agree that no one could have been more generous in sharing the tips and tricks gathered over a lifetime of painting.


Here are some photos of the evening (click to enlarge), courtesy of George Loades:

Join us on Thursday 1st of next month for our October talk with Peter Bishop, a lecturer on British and Welsh art. See you there!

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