Saturday, 11 February 2012

In which my visitor learns to paint!

My friend has left for home.
Whilst she was here, she expressed an interest in learning to paint, so I took up the challenge to teach her :)

We started with me demonstrating a wet-in-wet sea scene ( she lives near the sea) . This meant she learned how to use a limited palette of three colours. French ultramarine, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. She also learned how to make washes fizz to create new effects. not to forget learning and practising seagulls!

This is my demo piece - and is followed by her piece, which we cropped because the horizon line was a little skewed.



Then we proceeded to the second painting.
She made a drawing first of some snowdrops. Then she learned how to paint wet on dry.

Firstly painting a glaze of aureolin on the leaves. When that was completely dry we painted a wash of ultramarine on the same leaves, though we used differing consistencies to give diverse greens.

Finally we talked about shadows and we mixed a shadow from ultramarine and alizarin and applied it to the snowdrops.
Here's the finished painting.


and here are the two paintings in light oak frames. Both with double mounts, one black and white, the other double cream.










We both had fun, her learning and me teaching - and she got to take home a couple of beautiful paintings to hang on the wall of her converted chapel!


29 comments:

  1. You make a very good teacher Pat, as your friends results were great for someone learning. When do your Courses begin, I may be in Essex/Suffolk to meet long lost cousins in the Spring!?!

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  2. How lovely to be able to play with a friend and then have lovely pictures to finish up with. I bet she loved it.
    I wish I had a friend who I could teach how to make a digital collage to!
    Hugs xx

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  3. hi Pat,
    very nice of you to share your talent. you must be feeling proud. i must also say that i'm also learning from your blog. good job. have a nice weekend.

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  4. Hi,Pat,
    What a wonderful thing! Your demo is beauitufl. I'm sure the lady is so proud of her paintings. Have a nice weekend.
    Best wishes,Sadami

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  5. What a wonderful friend you are!

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  6. Wow, you are a good teacher Pat! Both paintings look great in their frames!

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  7. Pat you are a really good teacher! Those paintings came out lovely. I even learned a couple of tricks, haha!

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  8. that is wonderful. teaching is a gift! you both did a great job.

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  9. Great lesson, I'm sure they had funny! Arianna xo

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  10. Hai Pat:) You have talent to teach! And your friend is a good student:) I like her first painting, but the snowdrops are amazing! I hope you told her that painting is very addictive!

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  11. How delightful, Pat! You are obviously a good instructor. our friend started learning a new skill; you both had a good time; and she took home two lovely paintings. That is a great time you had together!

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  12. You are a good teacher, those are pretty. I especially like the snow drops

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  13. Well I really hope that she keeps it up now! What fantastic first paintings!!!!

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  14. Quite good for a beginner..or maybe the teacher was extremely skilled :-)

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  15. Wow, she must be thrilled! The colors are gorgeous.

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  16. I love the wet-in-wet sky... And can't believe how well she did in her first attempt! I still remember the miserable first attempts of watercolor I had... You must be a fantastic teacher!

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  17. Lovely paintings! If this was her first attempt at watercolor then you are one AMAZING teacher! WOW!I’m impressed!

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  18. Thanks, everyone!
    We both enjoyed ourselves - and I think it makes a huge difference just being one with one. I had time to watch her like a hawk - a luxury not afforded to most art class tutors.
    Hence she couldn't go too far wrong :)

    Ann, I don't teach courses, but if you're up in the area, send me a mail, would love to meet up :) xx

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  19. Master... teach me...!!! Great work by both of you.

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  20. Hi Pat, you are a very good teacher! Both paintings look beautiful in their frames! I'm sure your friend was happy at the end! Ciao!

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  21. Your friend did a great start on her watercolour journey. I'm glad she is planning to continue. There is so much on line these days to help beginners.

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  22. These are great ... well done to both of you. :)

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  23. Pat...sorry for being so late in getting in here. Your student did just wonderfully...good teacher, good lessons, good student. I know she is very pleased with her results...hope she continues to paint.

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  24. Pat-
    looks like your teaching was a success for you as well as for your student!

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  25. What a great way to spend time together. It looks like you had fun and came up with some beautiful results.
    Well done teacher Pat! :) :)

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  26. Hello Pat
    That sounds like a lot of fun. Then your friend will surely continue, and soon willcome many beautiful paintings from her. I can imagine that you're a very good teacher. Unfortunately I have no patience for this.
    Elsbeth xx

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  27. Hi Pat, definitely, I'll let you know...ann.

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  28. Wow, what a fast learner! They are fabulous!

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