Wisteria and a pink bicycle: Keith’s watercolour reminds us Spring in on the way…

Painting by Keith Hornblower, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Here’s a reminder that Spring will soon be here: a vibrant watercolour of a corner of Venice by Watermill painting tutor Keith Hornblower. He says: “It’ was of one of those wonderful little piazzas which unexpectedly sprung into view as I emerged from a dark alleyway. The red umbrella was very dominant, so I pushed the colour back a little to give the wisteria a look in.”

Keith adds: “I loved the subtle lilac hues, cool against the warm yellows of the walls. But I decided to focus attention on the tables and the little bicycle sitting in the blaze of light on the paving. The painting is, in fact, entitled Pink Bicycle. [You’ll have to hunt for it!]

“The figures are important to give scale and to show the square as a place for people, although I didn’t want them to dominate the scene so I left them as just a suggestion. The foreground lamp post gives the painting depth, an illusion of aerial perspective achieved by making it very dark”

Keith will be joining us for a week-long watercolour course from Saturday 13 August to Saturday 20 August 2016 and we look forward to creating some more memorable paintings. Why not join him and do the same?

Keith painting picKeith Hornblower is an acclaimed English painter in watercolour, teaching and demonstrating to art societies and universities in the UK with enthusiasm and great humour. His approach is dynamic and spontaneous, dispelling the fear of white paper and encouraging people to let go and have fun. He stresses the importance of capturing the light and observation of tonal values, often using a very limited palette of colours to make things easier for his students.

Some comments from some of Keith’s previous students: “A magician with paint, your paintings always have the most wonderful light.” “Brilliant! This is what watercolour is all about for me — so free and fresh. What fun for you and your very lucky audience.” “A great tutor and so very helpful with techniques and tips.”

You can find more details about Keith’s exciting 2016 course by clicking here. And if you would like to enquire about availability and/or reserve a place, please use our Secure Enquiry Form, by clicking here.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.Painting by Keith Hornblower, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.


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