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PRELUDE TO THE PORTRAIT

 

A watercolour workshop with Penny Steynor

On Saturday 26 July Penny Steynor presented a fascinating workshop on the art of portrait painting in watercolour.

She spoke about proportions and angles of the face, head and neck, which all help a portrait to look “right”.

Penny showed us how to “map” a face, using the contours of the shadows to create form.  She also demonstrated the mixing of colours for natural skin tones and the different palette one would use for painting her beautiful cheetah.

Through simple exercises, we learned to paint a portrait, by layering washes of colour, concentrating on the contrasts of light and dark areas and avoiding superfluous detail.

We all left feeling that we had acquired a new set of skills. Thank you Penny.

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