Paul Howard Demonstration of Watercolour Pencil Techniques
Watercolour pencils are a medium which I have never used before and talking to many members last night neither had they, yet they all had some and didn’t really know how to use them to good effect.
Paul talked us through and array of techniques that can be used to create pictures using Derwent water colour pencils. Firstly he explained that there are two types of pencils, inktense and ordinary, the inktense ones are permanent colours and when dry you cannot take the pigment off, so you had to be fairly sure that what was on the paper was what you wanted. By wetting the paper first, then taking some inktense pigment off the pencil with a wet brush you are able to create wet in wet. When dry this can be worked over with other pencils using a brush to take off the pigment and apply to the paper over the top of the already dried inktense work.
After wetting the pencil dry it by sharpening it, this preserves the colour from going into a soggy mess.
Paul developed his picture with a range of techniques, including using the pencil on its side and scumbling it over an area to form trees and then applying a little water to spread the paint or using the point to draw in area or give deeper pigment. Always considering the composition of the painting and how your eye would be drawn in and through the painting.
I think these pencils would benefit me when I go out sketching, this would give me quick references to the colours around, as they can be used as either a paint or a pencil or both.
Paul was a demonstrator for Derwent for many years, he was also on the original Watercolour Challenge, but unfortunately was forced to retire from demonstrating 18 months ago when he had an injury to his arm(he was doing 50-60 demonstrations a year). He still teaches art in Boston and has many exhibitions throughout the year.
Well the sun shone for us on the 6-7th June the weekend of the Open Gardens in Woodhouse Eaves. Unfortunately the new building at the back of the Village Hall was not quite completed so we were unable to use it this year. It is a lovely room with lots of light so it might prove a nice alternative to the usual annex next year.
As all the boards and pictures turned up two hours before we were able to assemble the exhibition, there was a lot of standing around until 6.15pm when we were allowed into the annex. Then it was all hands on deck to erect the boards and get the paintings on. We finally finished just after 8pm, so for me it was home and a bag of chips on the way. Thank you to all those who helped to set up, we couldn’t have managed without you.
Saturday started off slowly but we had a steady stream of people throughout the day and the very welcome tea and cake was very popular. On Sunday morning the ramblers asked if they could come after their walk and could we accommodate them – of course we could! I thought we were going to run out of cake when Sue turned up with 3 tins of delicious carrot cake, it went down a treat. At the end of the day we had virtually sold out. So thank you to all who provided absolutely yummy cakes and those who also helped serve the teas it got a bit hectic at times but they managed brilliantly.
The good standard of art was commented upon many times, it made for a varied and interesting show, something for everyone. We had 102 framed paintings and 41 unframed we were delighted with the fantastic turn out we even struggled a bit to get them all up but we did manage it in the end. We sold 11 paintings in all and the best painting in the club was ‘Daisy and Pals’, a watercolour won by Jan Brooks. Congratulations it was delightful!
There was a lot of interest about the club and we gave out loads of information and membership forms so hopefully some of those people will come back and join us, we are always on the lookout for new members they are always welcome whatever their ability.
The raffle of Ian Riseley’s Owl pastel for Rainbows was well received and the final draw was won by Ms Bolton from Nottingham.
Overall it was a great weekend thank you to everyone who helped set up, steward, bake cakes, and take down we are very grateful for all the help which made this exhibition such a success. We made about £300 for club funds, which is the highest we have ever made, this included a very generous donation from the sale of a painting by Bruce Clark, so thank you for that too.
Looking forward to the next Exhibition which we hope will be in Loughborough in October.