Thursday night is Rachel’s art class at Bolton College. After last week’s work with ink and watercolour washes, tonight it was the turn of watercolour and pastels. It was a technique I hadn’t come across before and Rachel admitted it wasn’t common. It did allow subtle shading with the pastels on top of the general washes. However, I’m not sure it is a method I will use much though. The watercolour paper we used had a distinct rough texture and a smoother paper may have worked better.
Most members of the class chose to work with a painting by Adolphe Valette, the so-called ‘Northern Impressionist’ due to his spending time in Manchester, as a teacher at Manchester School of Art, his students including one L S Lowry. However I worked with Whistler’s ‘Nocturne in Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge’, painted in 1872-75.
Here is my version, in five stages: