I have often been asked why I love demonstrating so much, and the answer is simply that I love nothing more than seeing the moment a student masters a new technique & the look of genuine pride on their face when they realise they have created something beautiful with their own hands (or brush)!
I am lucky enough to have a fantastic array of students & classes that I teach, and I often get some very heartwarming feedback. Recently I received a lovely email from a lady who had seen an article on me in Paint Magazine and was inspired to try out the techniques I was promoting. Her email is below:
"After reading your article in Paint Magazine I was inspired to try watercolour on canvas with texture. I was pleased with the result and found using watercolour a more pleasant experience.
When I later saw Blue Planet I had an idea to use the same technique to paint dolphins leaping through waves. I was delighted again with the result.
My two paintings make a pleasing pair. I would like to show them at my local church arts festival. If someone wanted to buy them, I would also wish to sell them. I (will) donate any money I get from selling my paintings to the charity East Anglia Children’s Hospice.
Feedback like this is exactly why I love teaching. Inspiring the next wave of homegrown artists with unique visions & passions that can be brought to life on canvas! Whether it's someone creating beautiful pieces that can decorate their own home, or whether I coach someone who goes on to be a commercially successful artist - the passion for me remains the same.
Contact me today to learn more about my classes or where I will be demonstrating in the near future.
I recently demonstrated at the wonderful Kennaway House on behalf of the Sidmouth Society of Artists, and they published an article on their website about it. You can visit their website by clicking HERE or read what they had to say below:
"A massive thank you to the fabulous Dee Cowell for her demonstration at Kennaway house. What a delight to the senses it was.The demo started by splashing vivid yellows, reds and rose pink watercolours onto a canvas (yup you heard it ...A canvas!) which was prepared with acrylic modelling paste. Then she set it aside to dry whilst she entertained the group with wonderful tales and an owl eye & lions fur demonstration using Inktense pencils and black paper from the 'Derwent Black Book'. Later she started a porpoise painting by analysing a pre-prepared blue loose canvas background for shapes hidden in the paint ... (a bit like cloud gazing) ... which she then teased out with painting both negative and positive shapes allowing the creatures to develop organically.
After the break Dee did a similar thing with the fiery oranges and red canvas which she had painted at the start of the demo. With this one she teased out hummingbird shapes and flowers such a fabulous, fun and fluid way to paint ☺️
Here's a few of Dees tips:
'Be bold ...we're artists ... bring yourself to a painting and put your colours on'
'Use the sides of Inktense pencil leads to get more depth and coverage ...and if your layers get slippery and you can’t add more, add a little white acrylic, allow it to dry then add inktense on top.'
'Map the darker colours and patterns of fur/feathers/ texture first ...underpin your work with a good drawing ....then set yourself free.'
'Derwent sword brush is a wonderful brush for expressive sweeps of colour and delicate lines."
By Cherry Ferris for Sidmouth Society of Artists