Friday, July 11, 2014

Winsor & Newton Water Colour Demo!

 I love using Winsor & Newton water colours

"Tulips" by Cindi Moynahan-Foreman
I attended a wonderful Winsor & Newton Water demonstration at the Wallack's store on Bank St. this past week. The majority of the folks attending the demonstration were members of the
Ottawa Water Colour Society.

Winsor & Newton demonstartion at Wallack's Bank St store

Winsor Newton's 96 unique colours

Winsor & Newton Artists’ Water Colour offers a range of 96 unique colours and a wide array of mediums to help artists alter and enhance the characteristics of their work.

Winsor & Newton has developed  a new product line of 6 limited edition professional water colours that were inspired by the desert. We received a sample pack at the end of the demonstration!

W & N Limited edition colour tester
New Desert inspired limit edition professional water colours
Winsor & Newton has developed water colour sticks (48 colours) and water colour markers (36 colours) that should be available in stores by this fall. In addition, they will be offering their own brand of water colour paper. It is 140 lb cold pressed (we learned that this is referred to as "not paper" in the UK).

New Winsor & Newton Artist's Water Colour paper
We learned how to use following Winsor & Newton (W&N) mediums:
There were many interesting "sidebar" discussions on:
  • fugitive colours (alizarine crimson, rose madder) 
  • terms "archival" versus "permanence"
  • pigment development (sometimes by car manufacturers) how it is introduced and sometimes withdrawn resulting in new formulas that may differ slightly
  • differences between umbers and siennas from the U.S. 
  • half pans (preferred in Europe) versus tubes (preferred in N. America)
  • ban on sable brushes
  • EU abolishing cadmium paints
  • tips on varnishing water colours and acrylics
Included in the free sample pack of Winsor & Newton products was a 5ml tube of Alizarine Crimson, a Winsor & Newton #1 round brush and a bottle of W&N granualtion medium.

Winsor Newton free sample pack from demo
 This demonstration was presented by E. Joseph McCarthy.

E.J. McCarthy
 E. Joseph McCarthy is an artist with over 30 years of experience painting in oils, water colours, acyrlics and producing large ceramic tile murals. For the past 10 years, Joseph has received training in the Winsor & Newton Artist Outreach Program. As a working artist he gives seminars on the properties of oils, water colours, acrylics and their mediums at colleges, retail stores and art associations throughout the Northeast.

Wallack’s has been part of the Ottawa community since 1939. They offer free demonstrations and art classes at all of their locations. It is a great way to learn about art mediums directly from the art manufacturers. I have attended quite a few and have always walked away learning something new.

Fall 2014 courses will be posted in the coming weeks at this link: Learn with Wallack's

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