The workshop I attended in Queensland with Fabio Cembranelli was supposed to be for 5 days. We traveled more than 2000kms with our caravan taking just over a week to get there. It seems no one else was interested in doing the full 5 days so I was refunded and just did the 3.
It was a great experience to watch an international renowned watercolourist and find out which of the myriad of techniques he uses to create his unique works. He did only do florals as it turned out to be to hot to go out and do any landscapes.
One needed very much to be a visual learner as Fabio does not like to talk and paint so any questions needed to be held until he finished. He demoed full paintings, start to finish, 2 per day but this left us not a lot of time to paint. I would have preferred to watch him start and then just go paint rather than watch every brush stroke. I am a quick painter which helped in the limited time but for many they struggled to get finished paintings and if they did have questions along the way they may be well out of mind by the time the demo was finished.
Did I learn anything new - No, but it did confirm my own approach to working was right. Working for hundreds of hours by oneself these are questions that you wonder about,
Fabio approaches his florals using his imagination even if the starting point is a single bloom reference. We were encouraged to create this way and so as this is how I always paint florals I was well in my comfort zone. Original work is always guaranteed this way and it was interesting to see what the rest of the attendees came up with.
I did spend a bit on supplies before I went and purchased his "workshop materials" so that I could get the most from the event.
This included synthetic brushes which I have come to enjoy using and will continue to do so until I am sure whether or not they are me.
My very expensive sables have worn considerably in just over a year and I may well not replace them.
I added some new to me pigments for the workshop (finding that some on his list he said he doesn't use anymore!!).
In summary I thoroughly enjoyed being in the room to observe Fabio paint and to be with keen watercolour lovers of all levels.
Here are the two most pleasing and finished works of the 4 paintings I did during the workshop I did not seek help with any of my paintings and am pleased they are original and unique as they are my own compositions and my own colour choices.
|Colourful Poppieson 1/4 sheet Arches Cold Press 300gsm|
|Scent of a Roseon 1/4 sheet Arches Cold Press 300gsm|