Today I am going to share with you my favourite watercolour artist.  I recently purchased Shirley Trevena’s ‘Vibrant Watercolours’ book.  What a riotous feast of colour she uses.  For someone like myself who is in love with colour, her painting is such a delight.

The book is filled with useful information about her process illustrated with many of her wonderful paintings.  I have always been into oils and pastel more than water colours , however Shirley’s work has given me much inspiration and an excitement to do more with water colours.

Her water colours truly are vibrant.  In this book she has several demonstrations of  her processes and takes you from her initial set up – as in the example below,

Still Life Set UP - Shirley Trevena

Still Life Set UP – Shirley Trevena

 

Through to the finished painting…

 

Small Painting In Blue - Shirley Trevena

Small Painting In Blue – Shirley Trevena

 

On pages 68 and 69 she discusses using water resistant material with your water colours, such as, masking fluid, wax resist, oil pastel and mixed media and texture medium.  She gives examples of ways to use these products, for example in the next experiment in the picture below she uses a mixed media  approach with oil pastel, water soluble crayon and ink.

 

Playing With Mixed Media - Shirley Trevena

Playing With Mixed Media – Shirley Trevena

 

 

And the she shares with us a beautifully vibrant piece using these techniques.

 

Still Life With Red and Green Fruit - Shirley Trevena

Still Life With Red and Green Fruit – Shirley Trevena

 

If you don’t have this book I highly recommend it if you want help in making your water colours zing and vibrate. It would make a great Christmas present for an artist friend, or yourself even!

 

This Weeks Question: How can you improve your watercolours?

 

Vibrant Watercolours (Collins Artist's Studio)

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