Oct 17, 2012

Rain, Water and Reflections


What a great thing to do on a hideously rainy weekend – paint water and reflections!!  Yes, I just finished spending two days with Harold Allanson www.haroldallanson.ca working with watercolours.  Other than driving to Abbotsford and back in that horrible weather it was a wonderful workshop.  Harold is a wonderful watercolour artist who at first focused on work boats along our shoreline and then spreading out to ranch life and more.  His latest picture ‘Split Second Times Square” 27.5 x 39 in. was there for us to study before it heads off to Chicago for the Transparent Watercolor Society of America Show.   WOW!! That’s all I can say about it! (it’s under Paintings, Other on his website)
Getting down to the details

We learned some new things and certainly revisited things that we had forgotten.  One key for everyone was the use of a ‘ruling pen’ to lay down the fine lines with frisk.  Another was “if you want darks, use dark colours”, certainly something that is easy to forget when in the heat of the moment.  For me, another big one was have rich, wet colours on my brush, I know with my miniature that isn’t much of an issue but when working on larger pieces it is very important. 
Reflections from outside sources

My first picture, reflections and the source

Not finished yet but a good start on my second one. 
As always cards and prints of any of my pictures can be purchased starting at $3.50.


Studio at the Farm said...

Love Harold's work. You must have had a wonderful time!

Gillian Olson said...

Harold is such a great painter and person too, and it looks like you really learned a lot. I'm headed off to look at Harold's latest. Thanks for sharing this.

Wendy Mould said...

Yes, you ladies are definitely right. Harold is a great person to paint with. We did have a very enjoyable weekend. And of course his work is amazing.

Karen Hull said...

Your watercolours are beautiful Wendy - every time I see them, I itch to master watercolours, but they just outdo me. You make it look so effortless!!! :)

Wendy Mould said...

Thank you Karen, I must admit that Harold really encouraging us to have strong values in our work and surprise, surprise, it does make a difference. I do enjoy working with the watercolous.