A very enjoyable demonstration that moved at quite a pace and Steve produced two complete watercolour paintings. He stressed the importance of not slavishly copying a photo but rather to get a feeling of the shapes that make up the view. In fact, he began the demonstration by showing us how he plans his pictures by making a quick sketch with the photo “upside down”! This way the view is broken down into shapes and lines. On turning the sketch up the right way, it is then possible to make decisions about the composition and make changes or additions as necessary.
Steve starts a painting with a wash of wet in wet to cover the paper (except any areas of highlight which are left white) followed by adding more intensive colour. At this stage the painting was dried before adding more detail, working from the back to the front and top to bottom. The most important consideration in a painting is to get the tones right, not being afraid to add darks to make a dull area come to life.
A most enjoyable afternoon watching a professional at work.