Seaton art society shown how to paint a ‘loose landscape’

PUBLISHED: 14:55 15 June 2015

Artist David Webb in action at Seaton

Artist David Webb in action at Seaton


David Webb reveals the secrets of his approach to watercolours

The way to paint ‘A Loose Landscape in Watercolour’ was the subject of David Webb’s talk to Seaton and District Art Society’s recent meeting, in the town hall.

This being the preferred medium of many of the members, they were keen to hear how they could use a looser approach to painting the town and countryside.

David had chosen a photograph of a French village sheltering under a steep hillside, but it could have been somewhere in Britain, with terracotta roofs on a cluster of buildings half-hidden by foliage.

A path led towards the village from the view-point of the painter, and a rickety wooden gate and gatepost were in the foreground. David had a stretched sheet of Bockingford paper on his easel and he made a quick pencil sketch of the main features and gave the paper a thorough dampening. He immediately began dropping a wash of blues, yellows and reddy browns into the background hillside. Being an experienced painter, he was not alarmed by any wayward dribbles, but calmly swept them up with a damp clean flat brush. He worked from the distance to the foreground, getting more contrasts as he worked and leaving out patches for light areas. The whole painting was considered from time to time in order to keep all in balance, and the final result was a delicate landscape loosely based on the photograph, but much more subtle and a delight to behold.

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