at Red Hot Press and and it's time to pack up after a really successful workshop. Here's some of the great work produced:
from Saturday's one-day class at Red Hot Press. Once again this was a first-time effort using watercolour for all 8 students who attended my workshop: judge for yourself the outstanding results achieved. Watch this space for dates of forthcoming classes.
I finally got round to finishing my demo piece during my Watercolour Basics class at Red Hot Press a few weeks ago. It's pretty much the same as last year's class (I even used the same brand of red wine!) but I think I'm getting better! I need to find time to do more...
on my Watercolour Basics course. Here are some demonstration pieces and teaching material and exercises used - more to come! Still a couple of places left on my Watercolour Day on Saturday 8 August .
and the penultimate session of my watercolour course at Red Hot Press. Here are some excellent work in progress examples of this week's still life. Considering these are first attempts by all, what encouraging results we achieved using all the techniques covered so far including flat and gradated washes; wet into wet and dry brush applications.
showing day three of my current watercolour class last Wednesday at Red Hot Press. Loads of potential with some real talent here. I'm really looking forward to next week's still life - watch this space! If anyone missed out on this course and is still interested, look out for my Watercolour Day on Saturday 8 August - a bargain at £60 with all materials supplied.
of what's to come at tomorrow's Watercolour Basics class at Red Hot Press - really looking forward to it!
Are you an aspiring watercolour artist? Would you like to improve your skills? Are you struggling to achieve your potential? If you can answer yes to any one of these questions then this short course is for you. Delivered over 5 Wednesday mornings starting on 27th May, each session will help you to realise those latent skills we all possess and will enable you to master this fascinating medium. Unleash your creative talent - expert tuition guaranteed!
For further information and booking form go to: http://www.redhotpress.org.uk/courses/single-technique/watercolour-basics.php
at Red Hot Press this Sunday. Bring your choice of paper if you wish and come away with your very own personalised books. Click on this link to find out more
Spent some time this weekend at Red Hot Press Open Studios at The Old Cattle Market and did this. If you haven't been there it's got that "out of the way" feel that time has passed it by. The Central Bridge arches house several activities from a boxing gym and butchers through to the home of over twenty artists - a hive of activity! Open Studios continues next weekend from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm both days.
of the Civic Centre from outside the Cellar. I did the ink drawing on location and added the colour washes afterwards. I tend to look for perspective in these urban views which "draws" the viewer into the picture - also very helpful in acheiving scale and proportion. You can learn more by booking onto my drawing and watercolour weekend in November at Red Hot Press.
I'm planning on running a drawing / watercolour weekend for beginners / intermediates on 15/16 November at Red Hot Press in Southampton. The cost will be £115 inclusive. Should you be interested let me or Katherine know and I will send you details.
Here's this week's demonstration watercolour - "Landscape with Buildings" from Monday's class at Red Hot Press. I was determined to complete this view in class this time which I almost did - just added some foreground definition, so quite pleased. I went for a "big sky" effect on this one!
Here's my demo landscape (with water) from last week's "Watercolour Basics" class at Red Hot Press: 45 minutes in the class and a couple of hours finishing off in the studio. It was loosely based on the Cemetery Lake on Southampton Common but ended up entirely different as I forgot my reference photo and had to make it up! Fortunately I had already made an outline sketch to work on. Quite small at 24cm x 34cm on 140Ib NOT Waterford. It's week 4 today and landscape #2 with buildings.
Demonstration piece done for my current Watercolour Basics class at Red Hot Press. About 40 mins in class and completed in my studio: around 3 hours altogether. I don't get to do a still life very often - never had a commission - so it was a joy to complete this. Based upon a Paul Cezanne still life I saw at the Ashmolean a few weeks ago. We have moved on to a seascape - I'll post the results next week.
There are still some places left on my forthcomimg Watercolour Basics class at Red Hot Press next month. The course runs over 5 Mondays in June from 2.00 to 5.00pm starting on the 2nd. We will be tackling various subjects from basic colour theory applied to still life and landscapes - something for every one!
Here's a selection of drawings - love the colour jug: it was her first use of watercolour - suggestions of a Mary Fedden don't you think!
Still life drawing is a challenging but satisfying genre which allows the novice to internalise, through practice, many aspects of drawing theory. Understanding the construction of objects is central in the successful representation of different shapes. In geometry the cube, cylinder, cone and sphere relate to most man-made and natural forms and understanding how to draw these shapes can help to make sense of almost anything. Here are some photographs from a one-day drawing workshop I ran for interior design decoration undergraduates at Southampton Solent University yesterday.
The collection of objects are mine and selected to represent a range of shapes, materials and textures. I have designed tailor-made drawing workshops for many different groups and age ranges for both corporate and recreational markets: happy to discuss future sessions with anyone who may be interested. I'm running another watercolour basics workshop at Red Hot Press over 5 weeks in June: see website for details.
It's Wayzgoose day in Southampton on Sunday and once again Red Hot Press is hosting a celebration of printmaking by holding its annual fete. The forecast is for fine weather so come on down to the workshop and Arches artists' studios in Captain's Place tomorrow for great bargains, music, cakes and more...go to: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10631930.Get_Arty_Around_Southampton/
Here's some "work in progress" by my evening class students. Great results achieved in less than 2 hours - well done everybody and keep it going! Whose interested in a follow-up intermediate's class in the near future?
I did this as a final demo for the last of my evening classes. Taken from a random source on-line and copied from my ipad I timed it to about 50 mins to fit in with the 2 hour class. Done on 140Ib Bockingford NOT surface. Look out for some of the excellent work done by my students in my next posting.
This is the demonstration piece I did for my evening class group this week at Red Hot Press. Actually I completed it in my studio after introducing basic techniques and applications to landscape. We are using a Daler Rowney NOT 140lb paper which is not very forgiving and I wouldn't use it for a finished piece but good for the beginner.
There are still a couple of places left on my watercolour class starting next Wednesday 10 July from 7 to 9.00 pm in Southampton. Ideal for those wishing to revive past skills as well as for those new to the medium. Go to Red Hot Press for further information.
You are all cordially invited to the First Gallery Portfolio Weekend in conjunction with Red Hot Press print workshop this Saturday and Sunday 15/16 June. You will be able to buy prints and originals straight from six artists' portfolios and I will also be demonstrating my work over both days.
Watercolour of Netley Abbey. I did this from a photo I took a few years ago on a cold early spring morning. Image size 280 x 410 mm done on Arches 140Ib NOT. One of several for sale at the portfolio weekend at First Gallery Bitterne 15/16 June.
I'm running watercolour classes over four Monday mornings in July at Red Hot Press: sign up and learn my secrets! Here's a link: Red Hot Press
Here's the second sample done on the heavier weight paper for making our sketchbooks with; I'm really looking forward to this one - hope to see you there! Making and Usng Sketchbooks
In anticipation of my forthcoming course at Red Hot Press Making and Using Sketchbooks, I have experimented with two papers and here are the results. The first one is a 190gsm Kent cartridge and the second is 210gsm Norfolk cartridge. I've gone for the later as it's heavier and will cope with washes well and is also whiter giving a more "crisp" finish. The book size is A5 portrait giving A4 landscape across the double-page spread.
There are still one or two spaces on our exciting and unique course which starts next Monday 3 June for 4 weeks from 10.00 to 1.00 pm. For more information click here: Making and Using Sketchbooks
I'm working with Red Hot Press in offering this exciting and unusual course here in Southampton next month - for more information go to: http://www.redhotpress.org.uk/courses/single-technique/sketch-books.php
The Daily Echo have published a feature on my work in today's TV & Leisure magazine - here's a scan:
You are all invited to Sunday's Wayzgoose event presented by Red Hot Press, Southampton's one and only printmaking workshop. This celebrated annual event is now firmly on the City's arts and culture calendar and is part of Southampton Open Studios. The Wayzgoose (look it up!) starts from 12 midday and details can be found on their website. I will be there with camera and sketchbook in hand - see you all there!
The reception of Lost Star a new exhibition at the Concourse Gallery East Park Terrace is a week on Thursday - all welcome. Lost Star is an exhibition of original prints by 16 members of Red Hot Press Print Workshop in Southampton. It commemorates the centenary of the maiden voyage of the fated RMS Titanic. Reception is on Thursday 12 April from 5.00 to 7.00pm.
The Exhibition will continue at the Concourse Gallery in The Michael Andrews Building until 22nd May.
For all those of you into "lighting" and in London on Wednesday/Thursday next week, come and see us on the Aquila stand as part of the ARC Show. Katherine and I will be masquerading as artists demonstrating how to printmake with light - all will be revealed!
Use this link to hear my BBC Radio Solent interview regarding the forthcoming course Line and Cityscape Weekend - fast forward to 1 hr and 8 mins of Neil Sackley show. This is being offered by Red Hot Press in Southampton and in colaboration with artist and printmaker Sarah Mander. Anyone interested should go to www.redhotpress.org.uk