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Mad about fences – a WCAS workshop with Ray Potter

May 8, 2013

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Eminent Cape Town-based watercolourist, Ray Potter, gave an exciting workshop entitled “The energy of limited palette and line,” to some of the members of the Western Cape Artists’ Society last Saturday.  Well-known for his lively and informative workshops we knew we were in for a real treat.

For those who don’t know his work, Ray paints the most stunning landscapes reflecting the fabulous scenery which the Cape and the Karoo have to offer.  You can see some of Ray’s work on his website. Ray has exhibited in top Cape galleries and has received several awards from the South African Society of Artists.

Ray both inspired and entertained the dozen artists who took part and we learned about his passion for fences which he loves to add to his pictures whenever he can.  We learned about the use of a limited palette and the adding of interest to the focal point of the painting with an ink line.  We also saw how Ray adds spice to a painting with a little zing of contrast.  Many people struggle to paint trees and Ray was happy to offer useful guidance on this. Here are some of the results:

Di White loose tree

another tree 1

another tree 4

Those of us who attended Ray’s workshop had a great day and everyone took away something from the experience  – which is what days like these are all about!

The Western Cape Artists’ Society is looking forward to their forthcoming exhibition at the Imibala Art Gallery in Somerset West next month.  More about this soon…

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