Monday, 3 November 2014

So Excited

Instability
Watercolour on 425gsm Saunders Waterford CP Paper
28.5cm x 38cm
A week back we had some exciting lightening happening in South Australia and I was inspired to create this painting of the river at Goolwa on show in the early evening.

I am very excited as this week I am attending a two day workshop by English watercolourist Jean Haines. We are very fortunate that she has put Adelaide on her travel itinerary as normally we miss out. It means a three night stay in the city for me as I am about 90kms from Adelaide and after the workshop we are continuing on for a mini break in the coastal town of Robe.
Jean was one of the artists who I so admired when I took up watercolours with a passion back in 2011 but her style is very unique to her and it is not my wish to adopt this very loose approach even though I once would have said yes please. I am well travelled down my own road now so me taking workshops from any renowned artist is simply to have some fun, pick up useful tips to add to my own bag of tricks and move on.  The workshop material list says Arches Rough paper so this will be my own challenge as I have not used anything but Cold Press for more than a year.

My next blog update will be in about two weeks when I will tell you how I got on.

13 comments:

  1. Wow, great technique on your lightning Lorraine! Exciting result for sure. And Jean Haines, wow, that should be fun. Loved what you said about workshops at your stage of art development.

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  2. Love the painting and your unique imagination Lorraine. Interesting to hear about cold pressed. Something I want to explore more of soon too. Just need to work through my huge stock of paper first. Totally agree with you about workshops. It is vitally important for us to keep our own identities and to just enhance how we paint with new techniques rather than adopting someone else's style completely. Your individual strength of character as an artist is really admirable. Enjoy the course and the rest.

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  3. Beautiful lightening!
    I hope you love the rough watercolor paper. It has a lot of versatility.

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  4. Incredible work on capturing what usually happens in the blink of an eye!

    I will look forward to hearing all about your workshop, I imagine how excited you must be! Have fun Lorraine!

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  5. Lucky you Lorraine! I admire Jean Haine's work very much, can't wait to hear from your workshop with her.
    Lovely job on your latest aquarella ! ;)

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  6. Superb painting. Lots of luck at the workshop, I'm sure you'll pick up a tip and run with it. the rough paper will surely be different to work on.

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  7. Very exciting news indeed , Jean Haines is such a talented lady, wow ! Love your lightning painting, did you do them with gouache ? I totally agree on what you say about keeping one's own style and not adopt somebody else's no matter how much we admire them.

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  8. Hope you have a wonderful time Lorraine...am sure you will learn lots to incorporate into your own work and in your own style, watching Jean paint is a fabulous experience and I'm sure you will come away inspired!!

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  9. Enjoy the workshop and the trip. I saw Jean do a demo and although I admire her loose style, it isn't something I could do easily. But watching her was great fun. Have a wonderful time!

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  10. Have a great time and let us know how much fun you've had.!
    I agree about the painting style of Jean Haines, but just as I took that workshop by Joyce Hicks, I don't want to copy that exact style but incorporate her knowledge into my own. You still learn so much from the pros.

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  11. Oh Lorraine - this does sound wonderful. I know you will certainly have lots of fun. I like too your attitude that you don't want to change your style to Jean's but that you will enjoy just learning some new tips, etc. Don't change who you are - your work is always beautiful. Will be excited to see what you have to share when you are back. Hugs.

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  12. Lucky lucky you! Her CA workshop was booked out. I was too slow.

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  13. Have a great time, Lorraine. Your work is so good, it can only grow from here.

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