On Thursday the 26th, at the SASA members’ meeting for September, we were lucky enough to have Marcelle Lyons – renowned artist and teacher in watercolour, oils and pastels – give a demo in watercolour.
From the selection of subject matter and paper, Marcelle took us through her steps and process. We saw how she produces one of her wonderful watercolour paintings from the stretching (or not) of the paper, through the blocking in of shapes with simple lines, the addition of layers of carefully-chosen colour washes with very large, laden brushes and sponges, to the final details applied with much smaller tools and brushes.
It was fascinating to watch as the piece took shape, emerging from the paper at it’s own gentle pace, from the soft pastel colours and shapes of the background to the stronger foreground forms.
Notebooks were filled with points to remember and everyone took with them some new bits of knowledge and techniques to try out at home.
Thanks Marcelle, for giving us of your time and knowledge. A most enjoyable evening.