Demo Tomorrow, Montrose Visual Arts Guild, Hillcrest Church, 12 PM

Feel free to come down to the MVAG meeting, Monday 3/22/15 as I demonstrate poured watercolor technique.  In preparing for the demo, I have begun 2 paintings showing different stages of the pour.  Here is the process up to where I will demo tomorrow:1 pour Drawing is sketched and ready for small early details before first mask.  The bottom drawing is much darker, so the details would show for photographing each step. 2pour Small details painted and foreground masked. Ready for first pour- lightest value 3pour First pour: cobalt blue, Windsor blue-green, raw sienna, burnt sienna, random left-over transparent yellow from last painting


Second mask. Lots of pinholes to cover where mask shrinks as it dries.  I think part of the reason this happens is that I coat my brush with soap to protect it.  As I apply mask, the soap creates soap bubbles.  I used a mask pen for all the fine detail around the evergreens.  (Note value map/pouring plan above painting.)


second pour- medium value: cobalt blue, Windsor blue-green, raw sienna, burnt sienna, random left-over transparent yellow from last painting, random left-over transparent blue from last painting, and alizarin crimson

final maskfinal pour

Final pour:  study the drip marks to see how the direction the artist tilts the board determines the color blending effects.  I wanted the burnt sienna in the middle ground to appear below the trees and the blues to blend from the forest ground into the trees.  The burnt sienna drips travel down and to the left.  The blue drips travel across and up.  Stay tuned for the final painting, after the mask is removed and the finishing details are added.


#1- final pour- dark: Windsor blue-green, burnt sienna, random left-over transparent blue from last painting, and alizarin crimson  (See final photo.)

#2-  masking demo on top painting.  I will discuss strategies to get a good quality mask layer and the pitfalls of masking.

Author: Cheri Isgreen

I have been a lifelong rider and horse lover. I got my first "horse" at a yard sale; it was a pony actually. It was sometime in the early 60's. I was in 3rd or 4th grade. The pony was perhaps $10. My sister, brother, and I pooled our money and led him home. At the time my parents were traveling, and my Uncle Bill promptly made us return it. (stay tuned...more to come...)

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  1. Reblogged this on Cheri Isgreen Fine Art and commented:


    The original blog discussed the poured watercolor technique. Below are photos of the final pour and the results after the mask was removed. I used the same design for one of my demos for my recent workshop held last weekend, June 20-21 at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction. By changing the massing of big shapes, the value scheme (where the light and dark areas would appear), and using a warm (rather than cool) color scheme, I was able to change both the season and the mood of the second painting.

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