Gradations in Watercolour with Frank Townsley
October 13, 2019
Sunday, October 13 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Sunday, October 13 2:00PM – 3:30PM
Gradations are an effective and unique tool which will be of benefit to watercolourists of all skill levels. This ‘wet-on-wet’ technique will be demonstrated in a variety of applications, including simulating clouds, fog, mist, and smoke. It is also used to assist one in creating a sense of perspective, not only with curvature in rocks and smooth tree trunks, such as aspen and arbutus trees, but also where it applies to form in animals (even humans). Many other applications will be shared as well. Frank will not only demonstrate these techniques, but will also share with participants several examples in his related paintings to this subject. Some of these paintings will even show it’s application to soft backgrounds to florals and how it is used in a vignette painting style.
Born in Vancouver in 1948, he was basically raised in North Vancouver in the shadows of the North Shore Mountains. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, and later graduated with honours in 1979 from the Art Center, College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he studied watercolour painting under Paul Souza. He then returned to Vancouver and established a freelance practice in both photography and painting. He joined the Federation of Canadian Artists in 1979 and at his first exhibition in the spring of 1980, he was awarded the first place Shell Canada award. Frank is an avid naturalist and traveler who loves capturing nature’s treasures in both his photography and painting. Immersing himself in the great outdoors has almost been a passion since his childhood.