I attended a workshop by Anita Bentley for two days in Ororroo which is just south of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. I am showing here a couple of images Ian took so you can see how "in the country" the location was.
|View from above the Town|
start of the Flinders Ranges in the distance
I thought I would improve with the next painting but unfortunately there was not sufficient time to complete and a reference photo did not exist as we copied Anita's drawing but did not see her reference image. Once I took the painting away I did try and finish it but had no idea what it was supposed to look like.- well that's my excuse!
I have not painted with anyone else for more than a year so it was great to be with other watercolourists and I am pleased to come away with new knowledge to help me with my future work but I must admit I don't really like doing step by step type paintings as they are often disjointed and without a reference either photo or in the real it is really hard trying to capture someone else's vision.
I cannot blame my poor work on lack of attention as there were only 4 people on both days so we were able to get plenty of one on one time with Anita. The highlight for me was coming away with a purchase of lovely painting by Anita of a flower stall in Aix en Provence. She had a few of her paintings on show and I was immediately attracted to this one for its bright red umbrellas.Now I am home I can see it up against my own work and just wonder how I am going to get my own paintings to look that good!
We travelled on to Clare - a lovely wine district and the location for an exhibition by the South Australian Watercolour Society. I was rather pleased to see my two paintings amongst those by other amateurs and many professionals and it was the first time I had seen an exhibition of just watercolours.
Images were taken on my phone so apologies for quality.
Mt. Surmon Wines in Clare
|Loquats from Auburn|
11" x 15"
I spent some time photographing for future use and also painted "en plein air" even though this was really just outside the Caravan. After a delicious lunch in Auburn I took back to my Caravan a little snippet from a Locquat tree and in the lovely fresh air of Clare delicately added blues and yellows randomly to compose this painting - no drawing.
I have some great ideas gathered whilst away for future paintings and will now get busy finding ways of getting them down on paper the way they look in my head. My promise to myself is to do sketching practise too.