Karen is inspired by the power of the natural world and the intensity of life that surrounds us, and her paintings convey a sense of place... Read more
Date15 Apr - 19 Apr 2021
Tour contentSketching, watercolour
Karen is inspired by the power of the natural world and the intensity of life that surrounds us, and her paintings convey a sense of place beautifully. Her main discipline is watercolour, which she uses expertly, employing its subtle, vibrant and at times unpredictable qualities to capture the shifting qualities of light and colour in a scene.
She is excited to be leading our first virtual Art Safari to Barbados to revisit this brilliant Caribbean isle that is steeped in history and surrounded by powdery, sand beaches and turquoise, fish-rich seas….
On our virtual travels, we will explore the bustling capital of Bridgetown – a UNSECO world heritage listed site -to sketch the tiny chattel houses (plantation workers’ homes) draped in bougainvillea, enchanting tropical gardens with flowers frequented by iridescent hummingbirds, as well as the imposing colonial architecture of its plantation houses, garrison and churches, some of which date back to the 17th century.
There are plenty more painting subjects on the coast too – characterful Rastafarians with their voluminous hats, colourful fishing and sailing boats, swaying coconut palms and breadfruit trees, and of course stunning sunsets!
Expect an explosion of colour and strong contrasts between light and dark to feature in your paintings!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All sessions start at 2pm GMT
Day 1: Meet Karen and the Art Safari team on Zoom for three hours of art demonstration and tuition time.
Karen will give a talk and show examples of her own sketches from Barbados.
You will have the option to paint from a variety of images to suit your taste from a library of photos you will receive as part of the course package.
You have time in between sessions to complete your work and submit images of your paintings for feedback on our private Facebook group or by email.
Day 2: The second day is free for you to paint all day at home.
Day 3: We meet again the following afternoon to tackle a second painting through the same process. Tuition will comprise of a second talk, followed by art demos.
Day 4: The fourth day is free for you to paint all day. During this time you are welcome to be in touch for extra guidance.
Day 5: We hold a final meeting to review and share your work and insights from the course.
The workshop will be recorded so you will be able to watch the video online afterwards.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Karen will work in watercolour and also ink but you may use any medium – she often works with a simple, ‘double primary’ palette comprised of Lemon yellow, Cadmium Yellow/Gamboge, Cadmium Red/Winsor Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine, Prussian Blue, Cobalt and Cerulean Blue. For New Zealand, a turquoise eg Pthalo Turquoise would be a good addition to the palette. This course isn’t specifically about colour, so just use colours you are familiar with and those you already have.
VIRTUAL TOUR COST:
This virtual Barbados painting tour costs £140pp
The joining point for your Barbados tour is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.
OUR PRICE INCLUDES:
All online Zoom tuition, resource material and ideas, recipes and email contact.
OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:
Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.
Any questions, please ring us on 01394 382235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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