Painting Landscapes and Nature in Watercolour with Jeremy Ford
This two-day course, ran by published visiting artist Jeremy Ford, is for people of all abilities, with step-by-step demonstrations throughout as well as particular focus on colour-mixing (from a limited few) in relation to matching the colours of nature.
You will look for outside reference, gathering ideas and inspiration within the grounds of the Coach House (weather permitting) to create your own artwork, and then continue to develop ideas within the studio. Jeremy’s aim is to try and capture something of the mood and atmosphere of the place and the moment as simply and directly as possible.
It is recommended to work in sketchbooks/workbooks (cartridge and watercolour paper) to build up a visual diary that can then be used for further reference and experimentation.
- Paints: Bring a selection of paints in colours you are familiar with. The following are recommendations:
Ultramarine, (sometimes called French Ultramarine)
Phthalo Blue Winsor & Newton call it Winsor Blue Green Shade, or Intense Blue. Daler-Rowney call it Phthalo Blue (Green Shade). If people already have Prussian Blue, it is similar and will do.
- Cerulean Blue
- Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Red Pale, or Vermillion. Cadmium Red, which is slightly darker will do.
- Permanent Rose, (Quinacridone Violet is the same, as is Quinacridone Rose) Alizarin Crimson will do but like Rose Madder and Carmine, is darker and duller.Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light, or Cadmium Yellow Pale.
Hansa Yellow Light, or Winsor Yellow, or Winsor Lemon, or Lemon Yellow (but NOT Lemon Yellow Nickel Titanate)Burnt Sienna. Burnt Umber or Sepia. (Not essential but useful)Quinacridone Gold and/or Raw Sienna and/or Yellow Ochre.Phthalocyanine Green (sometimes abbreviated to Phthalo Green. Winsor & Newton call it Winsor Green Blue Shade. Viridian or Emerald Green will do.Permanent White gouache might be handy but isn’t essential.
- A B and/or 2B pencil
- An eraser
- Water containers
- Plastic water bottle
- Watercolour sketchbook, cartridge sketchbook; whatever size you like working. I work mostly on A3, A4 and slightly smaller
- Bulldog clips, elastic bands or masking tape to hold corners down
- If you prefer to work on prepared stretched paper with gumstrip and a board be prepared, otherwise stick to sketchbooks which is my preference for outdoor work
- An assortment of brushes – suggest 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 – bigger if required
- Perhaps a small rigger or linerwriter.
This workshop will require some walking around the grounds of the property so please dress appropriately. Cornwall School of Art will supply chairs/ small tables/ easels if required.
Born in 1955, Jeremy Ford has been an artist all his life. He has worked as an illustrator of books, magazines, greetings cards, and in advertising. As the last President of the SAA (Society for All Artists) he is In constant demand. Jeremy demonstrates painting at many popular art events and undertakes commissions in all paint media.Find Out More
Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.
On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.
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