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Clay rooftops and stucco façades, with Randy Hale

8. April 2021//16:00 - 19:00

Fünfseenland Bayern Ammersee Starnberger See Hotel Kultur und Freizeitangebote, Tagungslocation und Events, bayerische Seen.
In an interactive Zoom painting session, American watercolourist Randy Hale shows how to paint two classic features of Tuscan architecture.

„There’s just something magical we’re compelled to capture (as painters) when wandering through the back alleys of Tuscany,“ says Randy. „Watercolor is a perfect medium to capture the patina we find in the sun-drenched stucco façades and clay rooftops. But a watercolor painting really sings when we present an impression instead of a literal rendition.“ In this workshop class Randy will work from a photo from Lucca’s medieval city centre. „The camera captures (probably) too much detail. But if we take our cues from shape instead of detail, and pay attention to those lush blends of color where light illuminates certain surfaces and creates shadows across other surfaces – a composition will emerge that captures an emotional response.

„For our palette choices, we’ll take our cues from local color indicated in the photo, but we can take liberties – making some more saturated and bold, while others remain subtle, lighter in value, and transparent. The idea is to let building surfaces become fairly fluid, allowing “local” color choices to mix & mingle naturally on the paper.“

Unlike many online painting programmes, Randy’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Randy has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Randy will move onto the next part of the process. Lois Breckon from The Watermill at Posara will be on hand during the session to feed your questions. The session will last a couple of hours.

When you register for the session you will be asked for a donation. (If you prefer to donate by direct bank transfer, please let us know.) People often ask how much is acceptable. Our answer? “It’s like a Scottish house dram of whisky: it neither offends the guest nor the host!” But the most important thing is to donate whatever makes you feel comfortable. Our Zoom painting demonstrations do take quite a bit of time in preparation and administration and your support is very much appreciated. With your generosity we can plan and run further sessions and, more importantly, provide a regular meeting place for creativity, camaraderie and fun. We hope that you enjoy the international, online painting community that we have created.

Once you have registered you will be provided with two links. The first is the Zoom link for you to join the session. Please note that the start time is 4pm (UK time). The second link is where you will find the photograph that you will paint, an outline drawing, a value drawing, a practice painting, Randy’s notes, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette. If you would like to paint along with Randy, be warned that he works fast and you may like to have your own line drawing ready.

After the event, you are invited to email us with your painting to add to the gallery. In addition, we will send you a link to a video that will enable to you revisit Randy’s step-by-step teaching.

When you have painted with Randy online, why not join him for real at the Watermill in Tuscany Italy next summer? We would love to welcome you to the Watermill. You can find more details of Randy’s week-long course, 21 to 28 August 2021, here.

Fünfseenland Bayern Ammersee Starnberger See Hotel Kultur und Freizeitangebote, Tagungslocation und Events, bayerische Seen.

Randy’s background

Randy is from Colorado in United States and, as well as his workshops in the USA, he has taken painting groups all over the world.

After a successful business career, he returned to his first love, watercolour painting. (He was taught by James Green, a founder member of the California School of Watercolor.) But Randy’s true passion proved to be to be in sharing his knowledge: enjoying the excitement of travel with fellow painters, helping them to create expressive paintings to enrich their experience. One of his students said: “He knows his stuff and he knows how to teach! Best watercolor instructor I have ever had!”

You can find out more about Randy’s style of teaching online by watching the edited video below from a recent Zoom session, hosted by The Watermill at Posara:


8. April 2021
16:00 - 19:00

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