Society delighted with Norman’s masterclass

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 February 2016

Norman Rossiter with his finished watercolour.

Norman Rossiter with his finished watercolour.


Despite the stormy weather there was a good attendance at Honiton Art Society’s February meeting when Norman Rossiter gave a demonstration, writes Thelma Woodward.

Norman is well known for his photo realist paintings of wildlife, but on this occasion he demonstrated painting a landscape in watercolour. Working on stretched 140 NOT watercolour paper, Norman wetted the surface and, as he was working on an upright support, emphasised the importance of not having the paper too wet; the surface should have a sheen on it but not look shiny.

A pale autumn sky was created using mixes of raw Sienna, Alizarin red, cobalt and burnt umber. The foliage of the trees was painted with mixes of raw Sienna, earth red and burnt umber, dabbed on with a one-inch flat brush. Norman finds that 
a flat brush can be used to 
produce most of the paint marks required and that synthetic brushes do the job just as well as expensive sable.

One of the most important skills to master, he continued, was brush control and techniques, closely followed by skilful colour mixing; a sketch book was an important aid for practising and recording on the spot reference material.

When it came to painting grass, Norman speeded up the task by taping together three brushes, each a different thickness. The greens he uses are olive, golden and sap green, but these are never used straight from the tube, always in mixes.

Chairman Barrie Raby thanked Norman for a very interesting and helpful demonstration.

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