Soraya's teaching style was relaxed and easy to follow and she was able to advise and encourage each student individually. Her first demonstration painting was split into two parts so that we could prepare our paper or canvas surface with various textures (gels, gesso, pastes, collage etc.) and a base wash, before we forgot that part of the process. This also allowed our work to dry before following up with painting, over-painting, glazing and refining with heavy body acrylic, ink, pastel and wax crayon.
I changed my mind about the sketches I was going to use as my reference. The first was from a small study of the Neolithic stones at Avebury.
|Avebury Stones - pen and watercolour 3" x 5"|
|Ink, collage, texture paste, gesso, pumice gel, acrylic|
and some final touches of pastel and wax crayon
This was my next reference sketch:
|On the Polar Road from Narvik - pen and watercolour 5" x 5"|
|This interpretation was definitely a bit messy!|
Ink, texture paste, gesso, acrylic, wax crayon
|Ink, texture paste, acrylic, with some wax crayon and pastel|