Last Thursday I went to my first Watercolour class with Leanne Jones, a wonderful Australian watercolourist. She also does a lot of collage and mixed media work, but it is the vibrancy of her watercolours that I love.
I have a love/hate relationship with watercolour. I started to learn at my local art group, but didn’t like the wishy-washy effect that I was being shown how to do. Then I went to art college, where they said we would learn watercolour, but all we did really was splash some on the paper and then use pastel , and a couple of watercolour sketches in preparation for an acrylic painting. No real techniques taught at all, and really just a lot of money to spend for very little outcome.
These are some of the very first watercolours (the two landscapes and tree) and a couple of the ones from art college.
At the end of the first lesson with Leanne I am enthusiastic about watercolour. It is great to lose that disheartened feeling I had about them. All we did was learn how to lay down some washes – one colour flat wash, two colour, and multi-colour washes, one over the top of the other. That was all we did, but boy what a difference it makes with a new teacher who inspires you to want to learn more.
I’ll have to take some photos from around the area her studio is. It is beautiful. About 3/4 hour drive from where I live, up in the Blue Mountains. I could hear the bell birds in the trees around her house whilst we painted, and a king parrot perched on the balcony and then sat up in the gum tree just above us. We had home-made lemon and sour cream cake for morning tea.
I’m heading back to class tomorrow morning. The photos I took of the work from last week were not good enough to post, so I’ll have some pics to share after tomorrow’s class.