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"David has won several Gold
Medals, including
the $20,000 Haroldson
Camberwell Rotary, one of the
biggest and prestigious
competitions in Australia!"

    Capture the fleeting moments!
    David will show you the best
    way to tackle painting the rugged
    coastline, the sea with its
    character, the calm waters and
    boats in the beautiful harbor, and
    street scenes along the harbor
    and about the city offering
    movement, color, and
    atmosphere. He will encourage
    your creativity and individuality
    and give you insight into
    portraying the subject in simple
    terms, helping you get fresh,
    spontaneous results. David is the
    coauthor of Solving Mysteries in
    Watercolor with Ron Ranson.  
    His work has been featured in the
    International Artist Magazine.

"Solving the Mystery
of Watercolor"
David Taylor
Staying Afloat in Watercolor
plein air

September 11 - 15, 2017

Cost $795
includes $100 in meal vouchers
Intermediate to Advanced

    DAVID K TAYLOR  A.W.I. F.V.A.S  David is
    recognized internationally for his painting and
    teaching and his services to the Arts. Born in
    Melbourne Australia in 1941, David’s early career
    began in etching and a 6-year apprenticeship at
    the North Melbourne Printing School of Graphic
    Arts; colour etching assisted in his future career
    as an artist painter. Many hand skills were learned
    such as hand engraving, lino and woodcutting, also
    etching with zinc, copper and magnesium and later
    etching on film in lithography. David’s painting
    career expands many years of studying the art of
    watercolour painting and he has been involved in
    teaching his great love of this medium to painters
    both in Australia and overseas since the late
    sixties. He is involved in regularly tutoring for the
    Australian and International Artist magazine.

    His numerous achievements include over 100
    awards in watercolour, including the Herald Sun
    Best Of Show Gold Medal Award at the
    Camberwell Rotary Exhibition 2002 and a silver
    medal in 1976. In 2007 Silver Award. He won the
    prestigious Victorian Artists Society Artist Of The
    Year Award in 1976, 1980, and again in 1989, and
    in the same year he received the Distinguished
    Leadership Award for outstanding services to
    Watercolour and teaching from the International
    Directory of Distinguished Leadership and a
    certificate of merit for distinguished service to the
    community. His works are represented in
    Numerous Public and Private collections

    David’s work is regularly exhibited in Australia, in
    several states, in England, the Channel Islands
    and Stockholm. He has held regular one-man
    exhibitions of his work since 1975. In each
    Exhibition he expresses his love of working freely
    on location and his love of spontaneity, shape,
    light and colour. There have been many varying
    influences on his painting journey and aspires to
    the impressionists Monet, Turner, and the
    expressive John Singer Sergeant, also to include
    Winslow Homer, Brabazon Brabazon and Whistler
    to name a few.

    Subjects that convey atmosphere, mood and
    feeling inspire David. The book, Solving The
    Mystery of Watercolor, features David Taylor’s
    work and was written by Ron Ranson. His work is
    also on film and DVD with APV films


    2015                 Silver Medal in the  International
    Watercolour Society

    2014                Special guest Qingdao China 2014
    2013                David will be Holding an Exhibition May
    20th in Shanghai China at the Shanghai Quanhua
    Watercolour Art gallery No 121 XI Jing Jie, Zhujiajiao,
    Qingpu District Shanghai 201713

    2011                Kenneth Jack Memorial Award
    2011                Kenneth Jack Popular Choice
    2011         Winner Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary
    Art Show Gold Award Best of Show High and Dry
    St Aubins U.K.     

    August 2010         Lushan, China Exhibition 2
    Paintings purchased for the National collection in
    China and National lecture to 5,000 Chinese
    students in Lushan China (with a little singing
    May 2010         International Judge as the
    Australian Representative in Shanghai as part of a
    judging panel From 5 Countries for a special
    International watercolour. His work was selected
    for the National Collection in China

    2009                 Kenneth Jack Memorial Award
    May 2009         Exhibition in Melbourne with
    Maxwell Wilks

    April 2008          DVD, Looking For the Light,

    2007                 The Silver Award Camberwell Art

    2006         Won the Wilbow Corporation Prize Best
    painting At the Camberwell Art Exhibition

    October 2005         Special Exhibition in Jersey
    (Channel Islands)
    Jan 2005        Selected as the Principal Artist in
    Residence - University of Southern Queensland
    Australia. He became the first Australian recipient
    for this position at their Annual School for the
    Arts, in 37 years. It is of the highest honor in the
    School, which caters for classes in Painting,
    Sculpture, Etching, Leadlighting, Ceramics,
    Woodwork, Pottery and Calligraphy, Creative
    Writing, and Hand made Jewelry. Some 600
    Students will attend at the School, David will
    Participate and give a special talk on his life as a

    Australian Watercolour Institute
    75th Anniversary 1923-1998
    Australian Watercolour Painters 1780 – 1980 Jean
    Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists
    Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand
    Max Germaine
    Who’s Who in Australia and the Far East first
    edition 1989
    Dictionary of International Biography 1990-91
    Twenty-first Edition.
    The International Directory Distinguished
    Leadership Second Edition.
    Solving the Mystery of Watercolour David Taylor
    Ron Ranson
    A P V Films Solving The Mystery Of Watercolour
    DVD and Video

Class Outline
    Each day we will paint a new landscape, seascape or cityscape at a different location. David will demonstrate each day
    and offer individual help as students paint. Each day the work will be appraised.  

    This time is always a special adventure, exploring the light captured from nature, and seeking to capture the moment
    spontaneously. David will share his knowledge to assist each participant on their individual journey in watercolor. He
    will select great locations during the workshop and demonstrate the benefits of working plein air. He offers assistance
    to help hone these skills and will encourage each to find their individuality and style. Drawing skills, color, value,
    composition, and technique will be strong points in the workshop.

    David's workshops always are carried out in a relaxed atmosphere and he encourages all who attend to stay positive
    and enjoy the journey in watercolor. He will demonstrate many varied subjects and will encourage all who attend to
    bring reference material in case of bad weather. Subject material: seascape, landscape, cityscape, reflections, and skies.
    David will be encouraging all to move forward and improve and hone their skills. Reviews and comments on the work
    will be part of our learning and these will be made at the end of a session. Bring along your needs and goals and enjoy
    the opportunity to move forward.

    This workshop is best described as working spontaneously in a free and flowing manner. Using watercolor to produce
    magical results and a variety of subject matter, we will explore the light and shade on seascapes, landscapes, and street
    scenes. We will focus on subjects containing movement, color and light with the emphasis on freeing up and building
    strength to the watercolor. Technique will be explored as will brush handling skills. It will suit the keen devotee of
    watercolor and those who wish to push on further. All attending will be encouraged to pursue their individuality and
    originality. A positive energy will be with the group and there will be daily demonstrations and problem solving. He
    offers support at individual easels and during group critiques. Come along and enjoy the buzz and excitement of
    watercolor with David Taylor. You will be alive and jumping.

    Please realize we must be flexible according to Mother Nature. Bring layers so you can adjust your temperature

    David Taylor Suggested Watercolor Material List
                                           Guide Only

    Outdoor Easel and (pallet plastic)


    Arches medium to rough watercolor paper 300gsm or185gsm Or Saunders Rough

    Brushes David Taylor Neef Clear Handle Kolinsky brushes and Escoda Brushes

    Raphael mop brushes (French) petit gris pur  number 4-8
    A large wash brush for putting on large washes and a selection of good quality round brushes (Sable and Squirrel hair)
    At least one good sable brush with a good point. number 12
    A finer brush for detail (rigger brush)
    A selection of flat sable or sable mixture brushes ½ inch-1 inch
    Spray bottle
    2b –6b pencil
    A selection of ink pens for pen and wash
    Water container
    Smooth paper for pen and wash
    Towel and rags and tissures
    Any reference material for seascape, landscape, streetscape, boats,.
    Knife and an eraser

    Masking fluid
    Board to rest work on


    French ultramarine
    Cobalt blue
    Cerulean blue
    Prussian Blue or Winsor or Thalo Blue
    Perylene Green
    Raw sienna
    Australian Red Gold
    Cadmium lemon
    Cadmium Red
    Raw umber
    Cadmium orange
    Burnt Umber
    Light red
    Permanent Alizarin
    Ultramarine Violet
    Designers Gouche (Permanent White )
    Good sense of humour
    Reference material for landscape and other subjects could be
    Useful to bring for work indoors e g (seascape ,City Scape ,Boats
    And Figures

    Daniel Smith Colours
    Moonglow, Burnt Tigers Eye Genuine, Perylene Green, Undersea Green

    Apatite Green,Manganese Blue,are useful additions

    David Taylor Kolinsky Sable Brushes Supplied by Neef
    Escoda Brushes
    David uses a large percentage of Daniel Smith colours
    This is a list only and will be a guide for coming outdoor painting
    David likes so many of these colours for the Sedimentary effects
    One can achieve.

    David Taylor Kolinsky Sable Brushes Supplied by Neef

    A good sense of humour.
    Reference material: landscape and other subjects could be useful to bring for work indoors - seascape, cityscape, boats
    and figures.