Seeing it in black and white…Oleander Workshop review.


We had a good time, yesterday, Margaret, Barbara, Kathy, Roger, Jean, Sue, Anne and I at the studio workshop. I don’t know whether this was due to the art or the home made brownies at coffee time and the excellent lunch with wine prepared by Andrew, but everyone seemed happy!

When we got to the end and were preparing for a show of work which we usually do outside, it started raining, so I wasn’t able to get a photo of the students’ work. But as always the finished paintings were remarkable for their quality and variety, considering we all did exactly the same subject.
Anne had printed a black and white version of my finished painting and it was interesting. It struck me that viewing our work in black and white is something that we could all do to check out our values and whether we have achieved a good tonal range in any painting. All you have to do is put the image through photoshop and click on “remove colour”.
I was quite pleased with my Oleander painting in black and white. The lightest bits are,as intended, the doorway and the dappled sunlit floor and the flowers stand out pale too.
Interesting to see how the red chairs, which stand out in colour are in fact the same tone as their surroundings and almost disappear in the non colour version.
And thus it is that you never stop learning in this business of watercolour painting!
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