A demonstration of watercolour painting by Philip Knaggs

Mr Knaggs demonstrated his use of the white of watercolour paper and a wet into wet technique to quickly paint animal and bird pictures with strong contrast.

He used 160 gms cotton NOT paper stretched on a board with Cotman & W&N transparent watercolours and worked flat with his demonstration projected onto a screen via a camera and computer.

He worked with a light pencil sketch and wet the paper well into carefully selected areas. He then dropped in the dark colours which spread across the wet areas only. The drying time was lengthy so three paintings were worked on alternately.

After the initial medium strength colours, such as on the left side of the rabbits and the dark areas of the cattle, he added darker colours into the shadow areas.

The background was left white, in contrast to the very strong shadows.

Working flat with projection

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