Focus on watercolours

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By Mick Jensen

Multi award winning artist Jacky Pearson has shared her skills and knowledge on the art medium of watercolours at an extended painting course in Ashburton.

Demand for the original three-day workshop exceeded supply and the professional artist agreed to offer two back-to-back classes.

Local artists were based at Short Street Studio for days one and three of each workshop, but ventured outdoors to paint “en plein air” in between.

Inspiring locations included Coniston, Wakanui Beach and a local farm.

Jacky Pearson said taking artists out of their comfort zone and on location to paint had been a nervous experience at first for some, but had been embraced by everyone.

Painting on location forced the artist to really look at the subject they were tackling, she said.

Watercolour was usually regarded as the “one hit wonder” of art mediums, because mistakes could not really be corrected.

“For me, the trick is to get a real nice glow to a wash.

“That involves blending colours that have a different weight to them and combining that wet on wet effect for the watercolour glow.”

Combining mixed painting abilities in the classes helped artists learn off each other, she said.

Mrs Pearson said she had made new friends while tutoring in Ashburton and had enjoyed seeing some of the local countryside.