‘Exhausted’, ‘happy’ and ‘I learned a lot’ were common sentiments made by a happy group of 12 painters
at the conclusion of VASY’s first workshop for 2017 held on the 1st and 2nd April. The workshop tutor was Ros Psakis who shared her knowledge generously giving us a taste of her well established reputation as an outstanding artist and tutor.
On day one Ros led us step by step through painting a still life and on day two we painted figures at the beach. These two very different subjects were painted using the same process and colour palette. Click on the images to enlarge.
Ros showed us the benefit of using a limited palette of colours based on the three primary colours of yellow, red and blue along with white. The accompanying image shows the few colours that were used to create both paintings. Click on the image to enlarge.
We learned that this is a very versatile palette of colours and Ros frequently took time to show us how to make pretty much any colour needed for each painting.
We also learned a really clear process that helps you go from the very beginning of a painting through to its completion. This process was used for both paintings and can be used to keep your painting as loose or as highly finished as you would like. The process included:
- laying out the initial drawing without getting too detailed, using vine charcoal and thin paint to go
over these lines;
- painting the middle and dark tones/colours into the key shapes/figures;
- then painting the mid and dark tones/colours in the background shapes; and
- putting in the eye popping highlights right at the end.
If you would like to see more of Ros’ work you can visit her website at www.rospsakis.com . Her website also has links to a number of her short demonstration YouTube videos.
HAPPY PAINTING!!! and please get in touch if you would like to find out more!