2021 – Herman Pekel. Mastering Watercolour with a Loose Approach.

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Deposit Herman Pekel $211.43 (AUD)  

  • April 7, 2021 - April 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Herman Pekel, Victoria. Watercolour.

Painting techniques and a philosophy of design will encourage bold, loose paintings.

Painting loose can appear effortless, but it requires a shift not only in process but also in thinking. However, once you learn to literally “let loose,” relax and embrace the process, the results are powerful, freeing and have an almost effortless quality. Herman will share his techniques and approach applied to several paintings within  a landscape, streetscape theme displaying a more relaxed painting style. He will not only tell you how, but also show you! Areas of demonstrations, and techniques: design, drawing, colour, value, washes, glazing, wet in wet, masking, dry brush, lifting out and more. This workshop will emphasise the colour palette from pure hues to neutrals. We’ll explore colour choices in terms of their hue, value, intensity and contrast. Focusing on colour theory, colour relationships and composition, we’ll use pure hues in combinations to create beautiful warm & cool neutrals. We’ll explore colour combinations, primary, secondary & intermediate colours including monochromatic and analogous colour schemes. Discover how creating colour harmony will guarantee delightful colour and neutrals that make any subject matter sing. Focus on lighting your subject for maximum visual effect Each day will include demonstrations and individual work with the Herman. Expect to be challenged, to be brave, and to have fun! Students are encouraged to bring their own images (no other artists’) to work from and previous work for Herman’s appraisal.   Open to all comers, 18 years and over.

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Like many artists Herman Pekel experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now well known for his oils and watercolours. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He can see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache. Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and his love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything he paints. He produces paintings of strong design and powerful impact – every brush-stroke vibrant and visible. The scope of Herman’s work has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creative fearless nature of this unique artist. Herman was the winner of the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1993 and was previously three times a finalist in Camberwell’s Travel Scholarship Award, winner of the 1989 Camberwell Watercolour Prize and also the Travel Study Scholarship in 1989. He has also won many other awards, including the Camberwell Rotary Art Shows Best Oil in 2004, the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1989, 1993, 1995 and 2006, the Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship in 1989, and in 1989 and 1993 he won the Alice Bale Award. In 1994 the National Taiwan Art Institute asked Herman to participate in a book and travelling exhibition with selected artists from Australia, USA and Taiwan. Herman exhibits his work regularly in the USA. His works are featured in the books “Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists” which features Australian Artists and was compiled by Tom Roberts; “120 Years of Watercolourists”, by the Australian Realist Artists; “Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand” by Max Germaine and “Profile on Contemporary Watercolours”.



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