Friday Night with Hi-Sook Barker

{Submitted by Ingrid Mueller}

On January 20, the Friday night guest was painter Hi-Sook Barker who demonstrated a winter street scene in watercolour.

Hi-Sook reminded us all that the fundamentals are important in everything you create.  She stressed that we MUST hone our drawing skills in order to paint with confidence. Hi-Sook suggested that instead of using grids with photo references, just use marks in the margins and SEE where everything else falls into place.  She stressed that an artist must focus and not talk while painting and to really know your tools i.e. brushes, and the results that each will achieve.  Hi-Sook used just three colours and demonstrated that one must understand colour theory and how and where to apply lights and darks.