July 2021: Watercolour demo with Jake Winkle
Jake Winkle is a well-known award-winning watercolourist who is inspired by light and movement. His paintings are a reflection of the world around him, often domestic animals or more exotic wildlife but also landscape scenes. For us Jake produced an impression of a sun-bathed Venice based on a canal view not far from the Rialto Bridge
This is Jake's portable watercolour box. The central hub contains Windsor&Newton watercolours in a paste freshly squeezed from the tube. Colours include cobalt blue, Windsor green, raw sienna, light red, alizarin crimson, ultramarine, Windsor violet and sepia.
Initial mixing is done in the side trays with further dilution in the top and bottom sections
Jake's reference photo. He decided to simplify the 'busy' composition, retaining the left-hand vaporetto but replacing the landing stage area with a couple of distant gondolas
He used Arches watercolour paper, 140lb, which notably absorbs water very evenly. When either stapled or taped down [essential!] this paper reduces the risk of buckling and unwanted valleys of pigment. Likewise the even absorption means that balloons and 'cauliflowers' are less of a problem.
Because Arches absorbs pigment deep into the paper, it is also easier to later add undisruptive glazes of overlay.
A slideshow of the early stages.
Jake created an early evening warm glow with a wash of just water over the upper half of the paper, and then using a squirrel brush to bring a dilute wash of raw sienna up from the horizon to barely meet a wash of cobalt blue brought down from the top. In this was a clear sky was created that avoided any unwanted green mixes.
Similarly, a blush of Windsor purple and green was brought up through the canal to meet the horizon.