Birds and their Markings

Tackling details but keeping it fresh

Watercolour Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Thursday 6th May

  • 7pm - 9pm (UK time)

  • 10 minute break halfway through

  • £12 per person

  • Re-watch for 7 days afterwards, whether you watch live or not

  • PDF notes on demo with photos

The Demo

So many birds have the most wonderful markings. 


However, these can often present problems and sticking points for us as artists. Especially with watercolour - how do we create the beauty and feel of these markings whilst keeping them natural, and maintain the freshness of the watercolour wash (i.e. not overworking the paint)

With the help of a two beautifully marked and patterned birds we will look at exactly this.

It's amazing what we can cover in 2 hours. We will look at all of the below (and more)

  • 2 paintings

  • Different types of markings and how to fit on the form of the bird

  • How to simplify markings but stay true to our subject

  • How markings move in and out of shadow, and how to accentuate this

  • All the materials - including colours and their properties

  • Techniques of watercolour from wet into wet to dry brush and everything in between

  • Paint consistency: the one thing above all else that I believe is the "secret" to watercolour - we will look at the "watercolour clock" and it's applications

  • Colour mixing

  • Creating big bold brushstrokes

  • Where to let loose a little and where to bring in more refinement

  • How to interpret our subject - what to put in, what to leave out

  • How to capture the essence and character of the bird - all in an expressive and fun way

I very much welcome questions typed into the chat throughout the demo. I do my best to answer as we go but I will also open up the floor to "Questions and Answers" if people want to un-mute (at the end of the first half and the end of the demo)

Sit back and watch, or paint along with me!  You will be sent a link afterwards to able to watch the demo at a later date for up to 7 days, plus a PDF document of typed up notes and photos.

Tickets are paid in full and non-refundable. You will be emailed a PDF document on how to use Zoom and a reminder of the overall format of the demonstration, along with the reference photo and the meeting ID and password.

You will need to be able to run or download Zoom on your device. 

These demos are always a great fun and I do my absolute best to jam pack them with lots of useful information and hopefully leave you feeling inspired to go and pick up those brushes!!!

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