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Coastal Watercolours
Light & Colour by the Sea

Watercolour Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Monday 2nd August 2021

  • 7pm - 9pm (UK time)

  • 10 minute break halfway through

  • £12 per person

  • Re-watch for 10 days (whether you watch live or not)

  • PDF teaching notes with photos

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The Demo

Atmosphere, light and mood. Three things that the coastline so often offers us, and three things that area joy to paint in watercolour!​

We will look at two paintings. One of a coastline where we can focus on creating depth, recession and light. The other of boats in a setting which allows us to use some of the previous elements but also combine it with more solid objects.

  • 2 paintings; one slightly longer and larger format, the second a shorter, slightly different approach

  • How to analyse our subject

  • How to look for and exaggerate distance and aerial perspective  using both colour and tone

  • How to create a variety of edges

  • Picking a focal point and drawing attention to it

  • Breaking the subject into shapes and "shape stacking"

  • How to look for and capture the light and mood

  • Stepping away from literal colours


  • 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

  • What to do with backgrounds

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 if you would like  re-watch the demo at a later date for up to 10 days, plus a PDF document of typed up notes and photos. (Or if you can't make it live)

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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10.6.21- Pembrokeshire Coast, WC, Demo A
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