In this June 2023 edition of Light you can see:
- The next watercolour in the 2023 False Bay project.
- The Glazing Project in the Watercolour Class – the tugboat
- The Figurine and Lemon project
- The Gordons Bay Yachtclub workshop
- The Ladybrand sequence – build-up to Launch
mmm! Many topics – some big some small. However there is very little text and some great works of art – so it is all OK
And my friend Mike has another sublime piece of music.
Close your eyes and take a deep, breath.
This is my latest painting for the 2023 project. It is a view looking North across the Pringle Bay lagoon. That is the Rooiels peak on the other side of the bay. I tried to be faithful to the folded TMS quartzites in the foreground (Table Mountain Sandstone). And the clouds. It all makes for quite a busy scene so I kept the middle ground ocean as calm as I could. So there is a summary of my design strategy.
Glazing, layering one wash over another is a way to create luminosity in watercolour. It is also a way to control washes by ‘deconstructing’ the colours into the primary, pure colours. In the project the class completed some interesting views of a scene I gave them from the Harbour in Cape Town. The tugboat “Palmiet” was moving out to assist a container ship with docking.
Like most watercolour technique, glazing requires practice. This is true for me so I also created some examples. Here is my third approach
What is that I hear you say?
“Tug Boats aren’t PINK!”
mmm – the joy of glazing. You can see the painting unfold at the blog post link below.
The class also had a field-trip to Cape Town International airport to sketch the travellers on their final coffee and snack before heading off who knows where.
Both watercolour classes did a drawing and brush-handling exercise. The still-life we used included figurine from Malawi, lemons and a cutting from a Kei Apple tree.
Here are the guys in my start-up class “Kitting Up” at work
The Watercolour Journey Class created some designs I found quite compelling. This exercise was a good introduction to a series of classes we have started on how to paint portraits:
“Light is Sweet” is the official SJQ Watercolour newsletter.
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The 2023 False Bay project may well form the basis for a 2024 Calendar. If you know of organisations who offer year-end gifts to their clients please let me know or show them the page about “Calendar Projects”. And drop me a note. The clients who gave away the 2023 calendars received positive feedback from their clients. Thank-you
Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club Workshop
Oh OK – Here is a sneak peak at what we did at the yacht club
Watercolours on the Road to Ladybrand
Here is another cleaned up posting about small adventures on the S708 – the backroad to Ladybrand.
I am setting up a limited edition print of sets of these paintings. Next month I want put an offer for a gallery wall based on this story.
Launching the Ladybrand series
And there we go – record of quite busy month
Light is Sweet – June 2023
And it was almost in time for June