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Voices of Experience - A Step-by-Step Plein Air Watercolor by Herman Pekel

Voices of Experience

A Step-by-Step Plein Air

Watercolor with Herman Pekel


Watercolor © Herman Pekel

   Multiple winner of the prestigious Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize and the Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship, Herman Pekel creates powerful paintings of the Australian landscape, urban vistas and moody interiors.  He works in oil and gouache as well as watercolor, often painting the same subject in multiple mediums. "Fearless" has been a word to describe his strong compositions and dynamic brush strokes.

   Pekel credits his father as his main enthusiast growing up. He had the opportunity to paint with Roger Webber, Ernest Buckmaster and Lance McNeill. He furthered his eduction in fine arts at RMIT (
formerly known as Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Melbourne Technical College) studying under Dale Hickey and Jeff Makin

   Pekel sent us this step-by-step demonstration of a watercolor plein air painting he had recently completed:

Step One, Plein Air Watercolor Painting © Herman Pekel
Step 1  

Step Two, Plein Air Watercolor Painting © Herman Pekel
Step 2

Step Three, Plein Air Watercolor Painting © Herman Pekel
Step 3

Step Four, Plein Air Watercolor Painting © Herman Pekel
Step 4

Finish, Watercolor Plein Air Painting © Herman Pekel
Watercolor Plein Air     © Herman Pekel

Finish with Subject, Watercolor, © Herman Pekel

   Pekel uses a variety of papers for his watercolors, including Baohong and Saunders rough 300 gsm and reports that, "Ultramarine is the only colour I can’t do without."

   He writes that his inspiration is always, "Light, mood and atmosphere." He works primarily from life, with occasional use of photographs for reference. Nature is his muse and the Australian landscape his primary subject. "There is nothing like the Australian bush—it's so irregular and messy." His advice to his students:  "Always the same—paint outside."

Watercolor © Herman Pekel   Watercolor © Herman Pekel



To see more of Herman Pekel's work,
go to: http://hermanpekelart.com
All artwork copyright Herman Pekel




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