After a pleasant evening where the course participants had the chance to meet each other and have a chat with Charles and Judy Reid we rose early to begin our work with the Master.
He began by talking about his views on drawing. He emphasises what he calls ‘revised contour drawing’ as a technique and advises that students eschew a sketching approach as this leads to poor technique later on with the brush. The main elements of this approach are keeping the pencil on the paper and keeping part of the hand in contact with the paper.
Drawing complete the painting began, but not before Charles talked about paint consistency and mixing. With reference to mixing he is insistent that any mix should retain the integrity of the constituent colours.
Whilst Charles is often described as a 'loose' painter there is a real precision to the way he applies his paint. It is the same routine each time, Water, Shake, Paint is the best way to summarise it. With brush now loaded he 'makes a shape' then softens part of it. This he does by taking the bush in to the paint then lifting.First strokes on paper
David Grubb - partial completion