Monday, May 22, 2017

Beginners Watercolor Workshop


These are some beginning watercolor exercises I had people do in a recent 3 hour workshop.  The students were pretty much rank beginners or had never tried watercolor before.  It was set up in a local library as part of their learning series with student grade paper and paint supplied, and it worked fine for an introductory class. I emphasized that if they really want to continue to learn to paint watercolors, it's important to get artist grade paper and paints and a few good brushes.  The right tools for a trade make a huge difference!
Below are samples of what I demonstrated on good paper. 


Started with washes to learn properties of watercolor and how it acts on paper, letting two colors fuse together.

I demonstrated four ways to use the washes; clockwise from top-negative painting, salt and cling wrap for texture, dragging spattered paint our from a central puddle, and masking off.

I painted some bachelor button flowers and a feather incorporating some of the techniques- wash, cling wrap and splatter.

Everybody had fun including me! Sorry I don't have pictures of everyone and their work; the time went fast and before I knew it they were packed up and leaving, and hopefully inspired to give it a try another time.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Flower Practice

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Time to rev up the flower painting practice for a couple demos this weekend at Dickman Farms Garden Show. 
https://www.dickmanfarms.com/about-us/events/show/va-va-bloom-garden-show-95 What a great time of year for us Northeasters to get a blast of color!
I really did need to practice as I spent this winter experimenting with other techniques and materials like liquid acrylics, monoprinting, and urban sketching. More about that later.
I always like to see how other artists handle flowers, and I have a few favorites that inspire me like Jean Haines, and Helen Dealtry who does fabric design. Andrew Geeson has some nice videos on Youtube. In the end you just have to get the paints out and spend a few hours here and there to get comfortable with your own style and let the pigments do their thing. Try color combos and washes and write down your favorites. Be patient and let things dry. Become aware of pigment/water ratios for different effects. Most of all give yourself a break from trying to create a perfect finished painting and just play, and play some more. And have fun!  The scraps of wonderful color can always be cut up for little cards, gift tags and collage and origami.  Hmmm, maybe that will be another post.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

VaVa Bloom Garden Show coming soon


Getting ready for this spring show in all its glory at Dickman Farms in April.
Click the link on the right sidebar for all the glorious info.
Winter's been long, but soon to be gone!