Going Big with Birds

Full Sheet Watercolours

Zoom Demonstration with Tom Shepherd

  • Thursday 27th May 2021

  • 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

Watercolour is great for smaller and more immediate, quicker pieces.  However, one of my favourite things to do is lay down a sheet of full size watercolour paper and get stuck into a "big one"!

Of course many of the same principles apply at any scale, but working big does require a few little extra tricks and tips.

In this demo I will be focusing on one larger painting of a pair of colourful of birds in a loose setting.

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

  • The planning stages - composition, patterns of light and shadow, what to be looking for and planning for

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

  • Creating areas of differing complexity and simplicity

  • Balancing and harmonising your colours in a larger piece

  • Balancing tonal values - focusing on light and shadow

  • Keeping an eye on the overall picture, rather than getting caught up in smaller areas

  • Pulling out the odd bit of detail

Plus the usual:

  • 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

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!!!

  • Instagram Tom Shepherd Artist
  • YouTube Tom Shepherd Art
  • Facebook Tom Shepherd Art


Social Media

Based in Pembrokeshire, Wales UK

Works globally

Get in touch


07980 611 267

© 2018 Tom Shepherd Art. Proudly created with Wix.com