Watercolour demonstration at Sidmouth Society of Artists

Watercolour artist John Bailey. Picture: Sidmouth Society of Artists

Watercolour artist John Bailey. Picture: Sidmouth Society of Artists - Credit: Archant

Watercolour artist John Bailey came to the Sidmouth Society of Artists to give a demonstration at Kennaway House on Thursday, October 24.

He painted a watercolour entitled 'Cotswold Cottages' to show his methods of working.

The chairman of the society, Lynda Kettle, said:

"John began his demonstration by recommending the importance of doing a sketch first; a tonal sketch in charcoal, showing the contrast between light and dark.

"He emphasised: 'think about colour, composition and contrast'.


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"He began his watercolour painting using his sketch as a guide. After his first wash had dried he drew the outline in paint.

"Using a limited number of watercolour paints, he painted wet in wet. John told us to allow the paint to mix itself on the paper, rather than mixing on the palette.

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"The finished painting showed a loose watercolour style done by an enthusiastic artist with a very entertaining manner. The demonstration was enjoyed by all."

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