With the Watercolour exhibition going on at the moment at Tate Britain at Millbank in London, watercolour expert Mike Chaplin has just produced a series of videos looking at Turners work where he breaks down some of the thought processes that went behind Turners paintings, and explores some of the techniques that he used to such good effect.

I found these videos to be a really interesting insight into Turners work and thought I’d share them with you in the hope that you may learn something from them as I have done.

The Watercolour exhibition at Tate Britain is probably the most ambitious exhibition about watercolour ever to be staged, with works spanning 800 years.

JMW Turner - The Fighting Temeraire

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Watercolour celebration

It celebrates the variety of ways watercolour has been used, from manuscripts, miniatures and maps through to works showing the expressive visual splendour of foreign landscapes and aims to question our thoughts on what watercolour stands for.

With works ranging by artists such as  J.M.W. Turner,  Thomas Girtin through to Anish Kapoor and even Tracey Emin I think this is an event not to be missed.

Join in – Follow me on Twitter

I’m planning on going to this exhibition in a few weeks time, and when I do you can expect a flurry of Tweets, Twitpics and Audioboos as I share my experience with my followers in real-time throughout the day. If you want to join in and find out what I get up to on the day then please make sure that you follow me on Twitter Here>

Link to the Tate Watercolour Exhibition

Here’s a link to the Tate site with details of the Tate Watercolour Exhibition should you wish to go yourself, it finishes on 21 August 2011.

Below is the complete series of  Mike Chaplin’s three videos exploring watercolour Line, Tone and Colour. These are from the  Tate channel on YouTube, saving you the effort of trying to find them all yourselves – Enjoy!

Mike Chaplin’s Watercolour: Line


Mike Chaplin’s Watercolour: Tone


Mike Chaplin’s Watercolour: Colour