I was very fortunate to attend recently a Joseph Zbukvic (pronounced Z-book-vich) watercolour painting course care of EPC Painting Holidays in Girona and Cadeques on the Costa Brava. It was a superb location for painting, or indeed any holiday, and we were lucky with the weather being early October.
Anyway, Joseph is the leading watercolourist with terrific skills in the atmosphere and the tones of his work and I was eager to learn more about his style.
Day one was spent mainly at our hotel base and working in the 'studio'. Exercise one was a study of an 'English country scene' with sunlight coming towards you in the early morning mist.
Here is Joseph's example which he completed in an hour whilst giving a running commentary!:
Notice the wet in wet on the background trees and great dry brush strokes on the middle ground trees. The cows were literally done in seconds and looked perfect. Well here is my first interpretation:
As you can see, I lost the plot of trying to emulate the master, and after a small ticking off from Joseph (in the nicest possible way!) I attempted a second:
Perhaps a little closer to the brief, but only done in 30 minutes or so as I didn't want to miss lunch!