Big brushes and bold strokes
An amazing watercolour demo by
A lively and highly entertaining demonstration was enjoyed by a fascinated audience of members at the November Club meeting. Featuring Budleigh beach as the subject and looking west towards the cliffs and the Sandy Bay headland, Jem created a striking composition from earlier observations and photographs.
Interestingly, his brush selection was limited to just two - medium and large sizes with a similarly limited palette of muted earth colours. With the simplest of preparatory sketch lines to identify the composition, he worked rapidly on to heavy Bockingford watercolour paper, starting with a broken cloudy sky, moving down towards the horizon - in this case the headland - and then introducing some broad suggestions of buildings on the hill up towards the golf course. Other details followed - the sea, the beach with some people on it and finally, in the foreground, a typical 'Budleigh In Bloom' boat filled with flowers.
To complete the picture he slipped the painting into a frame which set his work off beautifully to an enthusiastically inspired audience.
If you'd like to see more of Jed's painting you can see them on his website: www.jembowdenwatercolour.co.uk