Mum and I took a watercolour class yesterday hosted by the University of Western Australia (UWA), off campus at their Taylor’s College site. We arrived bright and early (being ridiculously early is a habit of mine – I spend a lot of time waiting around outside venues and people’s houses, class rooms and doctor’s offices because I am always there, as I said, ridiculously early) and had a bit of a wander around the lovely garden and old buildings.
It was a bright Spring day – not too hot, not too cool and the birds were singing in the trees as butterflies and bees visited the rose garden and sampled the pollen . It seemed too nice a day to sit inside but, as we had paid the fee (and not a cheap fee at that) we eventually found ourselves a seat in the class room and waited for the class to begin.
Our teacher was Debi Riley and she guided us through 11 different watercolour techniques including wet-on-wet, charging, dry brushing and gouging. It was a fast paced class and the time went very quickly, despite it being all day. I have had horrible back pain all week and was dreading having to sit still for hours on end but, luckily, I was kept too busy to think about my back and we were often up and out of our seats to watch what Debi was doing in her demonstrations.
Debi went through all the materials and equipment needed with her recommendations for different products and supplies. Mum and I baulked at the squirrel hair brushes – an ethical, synthetic version will be used by us – but it was good to know which paints are better than others and what paper we should use for the best results.
My Mum is not a novice at painting (although she told the class, during the introductions, that she had “dabbled a bit”) but I haven’t done a lot, other than the basic stuff and some folk-art. I haven’t ever sat and learnt a proper technique before. So basically my work was rubbish ha ha. But it improved as the day went on and I think, perhaps, I might get better with a bit more practice. I was very pleased with one piece I did where we had to use a paint knife and “scrape” it on to very wet paper, until I realised that we were supposed to be creating a mountain landscape, not an abstract image. Whoops. Don’t know where my head was at when she mentioned mountains…
Whoops…but I still secretly like it
I did do one mountain scene which looks kind of Japanese-y. It still leaves a lot to be desired as a work of art though! So we’ll call it a work in progress!
Mount Fugi? Hmmm, maybe not…
I quite liked my trees and their greeny-blue mottled tones but I didn’t like the scratched trunks we were supposed to add (with out finger nail) – it looks a bit dumb. But next time I will know what I am doing so maybe I will get it right then!
I think I was happiest of all with my gum leaves at the end of the day – I think, with some more practice, I could make a half-decent attempt at them.They were enjoyable to do as each one came out differently, adding to their natural look.
So, all in all, an enjoyable day and nice to spend it with my Mum who is now all enthused about getting back in painting and art in general. I found the class very informative and gave me some new skills and techniques. I want to sit and paint now but I have no time and I am still getting
ready for my market stall which is in TWO WEEKS time (aaaghh!).
I am rather behind in announcing the birth of my brand new little niece, Amity Jane. She was born on the 15th and is just a delight. I am an Auntie again for the fourth time and am already thinking about putting my babysitting fees up ha ha. Mother and bub are doing well (my brother’s partner, Anna, is AMAZING and the best Mum ever) and I am so blessed to have another little person in my life. Her brothers and sister are also besotted. And why wouldn’t they be – just look at her!:
Well, it’s time to make dinner and sort out my dining room and do some ironing. At least one of those things will probably not get done. I vote for ironing!
Hope you have all had a good weekend and got to enjoy some time with your family and friends. That’s what weekends are for. Well, that and crafting!
Have a great week everybody – thank you for visiting 🙂