TALENTED watercolourist David Webb is the latest guest speaker to visit Lyme Regis Art Society, where he demonstrated the effects that can be created using a ‘wet on wet’ technique.
With a photograph of the Cornish Coast as inspiration, David sketched rocky outlines onto his stretched piece of 200lb Bockingford paper with a 9B pencil and then washed over clean water using a squirrel mop brush.
He diluted cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, raw sienna, burnt sienna and Indian yellow onto his palette, painting squares of colour onto spare paper to show members the different hues, blending some with the blue to show a range of greys.
The first wash took blue into the sky with streaks of red and raw sienna creating cloud effects. Raw sienna went across the cliff tops with reds and burnt sienna shadows whilst blue and raw sienna covered the sea with Indian yellow closer to the shore.
Sunlit rock shapes were lifted out with the edge of a flat nylon brush and the paper dried with a hair drier.
The second stage added depth to the painting, brightening the neared grasses with the yellow and the foremost cliffs with the siennas but David was careful to keep the distant areas paler and blue.
The third wash laid down the darkest shadows, leaving paler patches where the sunlight fell and laying shadows at the bases of the smaller rocks, whilst patches of tufty grass on the clifftops in the foreground completed the image.
David had allowed the diluted colours to spread and blend into a variety of tones and shades and the dark areas that this also created gave extra form to the different surfaces.
He will be running a workshop for the society on Tuesday, March 13.
Lyme Regis Art Society Society meets on alternate Tuesdays in the Woodmead Halls from 2pm to 4pm, until the end of March. The next demonstration, ‘The Creative Process’, in oils, by Phil Clayton from the Town Mill, will be on Tuesday March 6.
Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details of these and other events, contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464 or visit www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk