Looking for a way to loosen up your art? Are you interested in learning some new watercolor techniques? Have you wondered if you could be successful painting in watercolor? Do you love color? This class will offer ideas and techniques to create lively watercolor compositions.
Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given compositional challenges. All adult learners are welcome. Supply list available, or purchase directly from instructor $20.
Classes are not concurrent; there are no prerequisites to register. Each session will focus on different painting techniques for exploration and playful improvisations to enliven your watercolor paintings.
I have two shows coming up this spring/summer. My solo show opens in June at the Gunnison Gallery. I will also be showing in June with Debbie Watkins, fiber artist and Lynn Vogle, fiber/metal artist at Backstreet in Montrose. New works for these shows will feature my flower/garden paintings, watercolor works developed from my sketches and photos from Mexico this past winter, and of course more horse paintings.
This series of photos shows my process; how I create from initial studies/ ink drawing to final watercolor painting.
This painting was inspired by our winter trip to Mexico and my travel sketch journal. Notice the strong connection between the mother and daughter. Even with her back turned from the viewer, you can feel the strong attraction the daughter feels for her mother after a day at school. It appears that this reunion occurs at this alcove daily.
Orchids is my newest painting. After blocking in the basic composition, (two flowers on the upper and mid left and a long vertical for the stem), I created most of this work through negative painting. I painted a series of dark saturated colors in a “blocky” wash, grading from very dark and cool at the top to warmer and lighter on the bottom. I dropped a line of permanent rose from the top orchid, through the bottom orchid , which creates movement through the background, as it also ties the two flowers together visually. My goal was to create an abstract painting behind the flowers, which makes a more dynamic background. Use of negative painting and lots of white highlights give the flowers drama.
I wanted the orchid stem to flow into the background at the bottom of the painting. The background wash drips onto a light warm field of raw sienna. The orchid stem grades from dark blues-green into red and finally becomes part of the background drips.
Orchids was painted on 1/4 sheet of Arches 140# cold press paper. Image size: 7.5″ x 22″ Matted size 12.5″ X 27″ $350
I will be teaching several watercolor workshops in 2017. Each session will focus on different techniques, concepts, and effects. Please visit my workshop link to find a class near you: watercolor workshop schedule
After a two month hiatus, sketch journal workshops are returning to Backstreet Bagels the second Saturday of each month from 2-4. Classes are $25 and provide instruction and tips on technique and composition in a supportive environment for you to explore sketching and journaling, blending text with image.
Join us this Saturday as we focus on indoor environments & decor. Bring a sketch journal that accepts watermedia, fine line markers, watercolor kit, and a pencil. On tap for Dec will be ideas for turning your sketch journal entries into Christmas cards.
Have you registered for “Getting Loose” watercolor workshops? Workshops are offered in Montrose and Gunnison.
Oct. 22 10 AM – 3 PM (with working brown bag lunch) Gunnison Arts Center Workshop #1- Harvest themes; benefit for Gunnison Arts Center
Nov. 5 2-6 PM Montrose: Cedar Creek Clubhouse #1- Harvest themes; benefit for Montrose Center for the Arts
Nov. 13 10 AM – 3 PM (with working brown bag lunch) Gunnison Arts Center Workshop #1- Holiday themes; benefit for Gunnison Arts Center
Dec. 10 2-6 PM Montrose: Cedar Creek Clubhouse #1- Holiday themes; benefit for Montrose Center for the Arts
Students in the Harvest Workshop will learn a variety of techniques to successfully create colorful, expressive watercolor compositions including:
masking for dramatic lighting
wet-into-wet with pure pigment to model glowing natural forms with spontaneous color mixtures
complementary and analogous splatter
Students will learn when to employ these techniques for maximum effect and how to avoid common pitfalls .
Students will complete 2 paintings working in different formats. Students will learn compositional considerations for working both horizontally and vertically, as well as designing a long, skinny format and a standard “photo” rectangle.
My new series of flower paintings began as an experiment, overpainting some older work that I was not happy with. Since the original paintings were not dear to me, I was embolden to try a variety of techniques to create something new. To further break the direction of the original paintings, I tore the paintings in half and changed the orientation from vertical to horizon. Adding a touch of gold to some of the petals added a dash of drama to complete these paintings. For more details on the painting of these experimental works, visit: Poppies by Moonlight and Spring Experiments.
Taking fresh, white paper I built on knowledge gained from these experiments and pushed the envelope even more. With saturated color, drips, blends, splatters, stamps, and bold strokes, these paintings are filled with joy and playfulness. They can be seen at the Redstone Art Gallery, 173 Redstone Blvd, Redstone, CO. The Gallery is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Stephanie and Michael, the gallery owners can be reached at 970-963-3790. These paintings from my new series and more can be seen at the Redstone Art Gallery. Plan a trip to Redstone, visit the gallery, have lunch at the Inn, and then take the Redstone Castle tour at 1:30.