Nice shadow from Josephs hat

On the last day we painted in Girona. Joseph choose a bit up the river with the red bridge of Eiffel and a church in the background. He worked a long time with the many sunlit roofs. The difficulty here is to not make it too uniform, you have to vary everything, both colors, strengths and shapes. 

On the other side of the river, the buildings stretched all the way past us. Joseph chose to end with a house wall. The dark wall looked very good at first, but apparently Joseph was not happy with it. He continued to work on it. Usually a big mistake and the same was true for the world’s best watercolour painter, the wall just got worse and worse. Finally he stopped and the wall seamed okay. 

It’s great to see how he carefully completes one piece at a time. It’s easy to paint a little bit here, a little bit there. But Joseph often pointed out the importance of finishing each part before moving on to the next. On this picture you could clearly see how the image was divided into different areas with different textures. The sky is one type, the roof with its bright and dark bits another, the dark house wall a third. Last of all Joseph painted the soft water, which give us another type of texture. Clever.

Here you can compare the view with Josephs painting

I am satisfied with this part of my painting over the bridge. Watercolor by Stefan Gadnell 

We all tried to paint a similar motif but it became dirty for me. Joseph commented that the buildings in the background were too dark and I tried to lighten them, but it was difficult to do that afterwards. Well, that’s how you learn, by making mistakes.

In the afternoon, Joseph chose to paint a square, with umbrellas, cars and people outside a restaurant. Here he also managed very well, the light was brilliant, the buildings was simplified. There were no people sitting outside, so he made them up. Excellent work.

As before, Joseph went on to help us all with our attempts to paint.

This has been a great trip, seeing a master at work and meeting such wonderful people from all over the world.

Thank you Angela and Joseph for making this possible!

Me, painting in Girona

One Thought on “Workshop with Joseph Zbukvic, day 5

  1. Stefan, thanks so much for sharing your workshop experience with Joseph. I haven’t yet managed to successfully book a place on one, so your images and notes are so useful to an aspiring watercolour artist.

    Best wishes


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