November 2019

Pauline Hazelwood gave a watercolour demonstration

On 1 November Pauline Hazelwood gave a watercolour demonstration, the subject being a steam train.

She started with a 2B lead pencil and good watercolour paper. From a photograph she drew the steam engine, carefully measuring the front round shape of the engine and its funnel and their relationship to other parts of the train, creating a perspective where the engine ‘face’ was the largest single shape, left of centre. Then she started adding the watercolour. She began at the top of the front, using fairly strong pigment in a dark grey colour. She said she preferred Winsor and Newton paints and used ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, lemon yellow, viridian green, hookers green, permanent rose, magenta, cadmium red, Paine’s gray, etc. She used sword brushes, relatively small, and kept each brush to one colour. She lay a fairly wet colour down, and then worked it down over the area she wanted, allowing the paint to be thicker and thinner as she liked, lifting out unwanted colour. Later, when the paint had dried, she went over it again to deepen the colour and bring out the shapes. The front part of the engine was very detailed but the further away parts were much less defined. Simple techniques produced a very pleasing overall picture.

Pauline Brown