Ian Scott Massie is a watercolour painter and printer based in Masham, North Yorkshire. His works can be seen, and bought, in Masham Gallery in the market square. His works, and details of painting courses and books, can also be viewed on his website at > www.ianscottmassie.com
Mr Massie made a return visit to talk about and demonstrate watercolour painting.
He recommended that members use the best paper. He uses Bockingford and Saunders Waterford. He often uses cotton paper 140lb, either hot pressed or cold pressed.
He suggested that synthetic brushes are adequate and much cheaper than sable brushes.
He showed us his sample strips of watercolour combinations that help him plan colour mixes.
Before commencing Ian softens the paints on his dishes with a little water. He uses, amongst others, indigo, burnt sienna, permanent rose, yellow ochre, quinacridone gold, neutral tint.
Ian paints flat onto taped watercolour paper on board, tilting his board when needed.
Ian used strong pigments and plenty of water to diffuse the colour.
He allows the initial washes to dry before painting the skyline with dark colours with a fine brush.
Ian washed the base of the skyline with water to make a soft edge and added some colour into the sea.
Completed watercolour study
Ian showed us some more colour mixes that he uses for colourful landscapes.
He demonstrated a dales landscape with sky and hills in blue colours and foreground in warmer colour mixes
Samples of Ian’s work