Recently, we went back into the Cheap Joe’s Workshop Studio with the Winsor & Newton Paint Company.
For this seminar, Peter Andrew from Houston, TX, who participates in the Artists’ Outreach Program at Winsor & Newton, was our instructor. Peter is a full-time artist who uses watercolors and acrylics in his art. He is often found creating murals of enormous size for museums and corporate business in the Texas area.
Peter shared a very informative presentation of his process and also of the many watercolor products made by Winsor & Newton.
“Watercolor is commonly the first and last thing you do as a professional artist in your career.”
Peter explains, that early in life, most everyone is exposed to watercolor in elementary school with the use of tempera paints, a standard art material for classrooms. Then, as you work your way through your public education, you may likely be exposed to acrylics, and then oils through college. The medium you choose as a career can be any one of the many others like pastels, drawing, computer art, markers, encaustics, and of course, watercolor, oils and acrylics. Later in life, usually after retirement, he says many artists go back to watercolor as a way to continue their creative expression. Watercolors are commonly chosen over other mediums for a number of good reasons.
They are easy to clean up, use no solvents, easy to travel with, use for plein air and journaling, they dry quickly, the materials last a long time, paper can be recycled or re-purposed, and the list goes on and on.
Peter works with business and corporations in the Texas area, by creating custom works of art to be displayed. Below are the steps he takes to bring an idea to completion.
His larger pieces are comprised mainly of Liquitex Acrylics, however, he uses Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors to create color studies and bring the vision to the paper. You can view more of Peter’s work at www.peterandrew.net .
Peter continued the slideshow with useful information about Winsor and Newton’s watercolor paints. Winsor & Newton has been producing and perfecting the manufacture of fine quality paints and brushes for almost 200 years. The company has been a royal art supplier for much of that time. A very impressive fact that Peter shared with us, is that there have only been 5-6 different chemist working for Winsor & Newton in a 125 year span. They are true artists that are proven in the art of making some of the finest paints in the world.
Peter explained about the importance of the quality of pure pigments and that it is best to use colors made from just one pigment. The quality of paint will ultimately determine your level of success with your watercolor application. Even as a beginner you should always invest in the best quality of materials that you can afford.
Winsor & Newton has a wonderful website with all of this information and more! It can be useful when looking up pigment information or how to use the mediums. Winsor & Newton has a complete line of Artist’s and student grade watercolors, oils and acrylics, and mediums, as well as brushes and accessories for painting. Check out all of their products on their website at www.winsornewton.com .
The next presentation was focused on Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolkinsky Brushes, the brush of royalty. Each one is handmade by the same standards as it was for the Queen of England even today. A brush maker must work for years to gain the experience needed to make the Series 7 brush.
After we were well informed about the wonderful products of Winsor & Newton, Peter took us through a simple demo that showed us how to get the most out of our paints.
We were all ready to go to our work tables and try out all of the great information Peter had given us. This is the fun part!! Let’s go paint!
So, another lesson learned and great information to pass on to all of you! We love having our vendors to visit with information about new products, processes, and meeting their wonderful artists!
Thank You! Winsor & Newton for all of the Goodies and for providing such great products!
And Thank You! Peter, for the wonderful presentation and sharing your art and talent with all of us at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff! We would love to have you back again!
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