Alvaro Castagnet Workshop

Alvaro Castagnet

For some years now I have taught in Australia touring different states and cities. On one occasion I was in Melbourne and the organizer of the workshop hosted a party for me to which he invited all the top artists in the Melbourne area. It was a great evening and there was a tremendous sense of camaraderie. I soon became aware that I had been introduced to a nucleus of world-class watercolorists. In my travels around the world I haven't before encountered so much talent in one small area. David...

Ost and found edges in a busy market scene

Busy Market Scene Watercolours

This busy market scene in the Italian city of Palermo provided David with an irresistible subject. There were so many plus factors. It was seething with bustle and activity, and the cool shadows of the narrow street showed up the rich, colorful foreground produce to perfection. The umbrellas were very important, providing a light area against the dark tones of the buildings. It was also an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of lost and found edges. Throughout the picture the eye...

Oft and hard textures in Paris

Dry Brush Drawing Stage

What mainly attracted David to this Parisian scene was the soft, misty mass of the Pont Neuf in the distance against the crisp, strong colors of the barge in the foreground. The other attraction was The paper is wetted with a large mop brush, leaving the area of the barge as dry paper. This is to preserve the whiles so that contrast added later will be even greater. The background bridge and building are then painted wet-into-wet, consciously alternating between warm and cool colors in the...

A closer look at creating tonal value sketches

Tonal Value

Probably the two most important factors in producing tonal value sketches are varied pencil pressure and economy of stroke. You 're not aiming for any great detail, just for the overall pattern, and tonal value contrasts. Being able to produce tonal value sketches in a professional way is almost an art in itself, and can be a joy for others to behold. You are able to concentrate on the problem in hand without distraction, producing a strong pattern with a wide range of tonal values. However,...

To Most Of Us Watercolor Is A Psychological Struggle With Ourselves Just Getting The Materials Out And Starting

Alvaro Castagnet Australlia Country Side

As you take this book off the shelf and quickly flip through the pages, you'll instantly get an overall feeling of freshness, vitality, movement and sparkle. This impression reaches you even before you begin to study the indi idual paintings themselves. I have written many books in the past about various outstanding artists, but the initial feeling of excitement I got when I first viewed David Taylor's watercolors en masse gave me a very strong desire to write this book about him and his work....

Olorful shadows in a street scene

Alvaro Castagnet Street Painting

This is the sort of subject David thrives on, busy streets filled with people, cars and exciting shadows. From time to time he has exhibitions of his work at galleries in the Channel Islands and takes the opportunity to paint scenes around the various islands. This street scene is in St. Helier, Jersey. By working quickly, he finished the painting in one sitting while the light was constant. On the dry paper he made a simple, straightforward drawing stating the obvious buildings, boundaries and...

Combining all the techniques in one street scene

Watercolour Painting Cars Techniques

Having introduced the various techniques, let's now show how they combine to produce a unified finished painting. This unity can be best achieved during the initial stages by regarding the buildings as simple blocks of color, which will later be decorated and brought to life by windows, doors and figures. After the paper has been thoroughly saturated, the initial washes go in the blocking in, which will hold the entire painting together. It is impt gt rtanr at this stage to let the various warm...