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Bagshaw, Ann

Address: Peka Peka, Waikanae

Over many years, Ann Bagshaw attended drawing and painting classes with Kimbra Taylor who taught her various drawing and watercolour techniques, whose method of teaching drawing emphasized learning to relax and using the ‘right side of the brain’, some very free drawing - and other more detailed drawing and shading.

Eager to progress to the painting stage Ann produced a few portraits for family and friends, but mainly painted from photos taken on holidays overseas, some of which are framed and on the walls of her home, a reminder of wonderful places visited.

Ann’s aim is to continue learning composition, mood and atmosphere and that ‘extra something’ that defines an impressive watercolour painting. The use of dark and light, learning not to ‘fiddle’, and the way of holding the brush and relaxing the arm from the shoulder are important points Kimbra emphasised. Also the way to ‘layer’ watercolour paints and not to end up with a ‘muddy’ look by overpainting or mixing too many colours together.

Ann painted a few local scenes and was thrilled that one of her paintings was selected for the local artists’ exhibition at Mahara Place.

Ann was lucky enough to enjoy a one-week watercolour course in Tuscany at The Old Mill, Posara, with Brazilian artist Fabio Cembranelli, whose preference was flower painting – painting quickly and loosely and letting colours flow together on the paper. It was wonderful to watch his demonstrations but not so easy to put it into practice!

Other courses Ann attended over recent years have been in Andalucia in Spain and Monzac d’en Bas (Arize) in the South West of France where UK artist Bridgett Woods was the tutor. This year (2013) Ann attended another course in France where Caroline James from Bristol, UK was the tutor. Ann enjoyed these courses, the wonderful scenery and meeting interesting people – and of course being able to concentrate on painting every day without distractions! However, Ann allows time for visiting and exploring interesting places nearby - and taking photos for future paintings.

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