Poured Watercolor Workshop” Telluride Sept. 22-24

Do you strive for luminous color in your watercolor paintings?  Knowing pigment properties and following simple pigment rules go a long way in achieving colors that sing.  Pouring paints, instead of using a brush, further ensures that each layer remains undisturbed, allowing a build up of color with a depth that positively glows!

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I am offering a Poured Watercolor workshop September 22-24, 2018 in Telluride.  We will combine studio time masking, pouring, and painting with field work capturing the natural beauty of the Colorado high country.

 

 

 

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Learn how color properties can enhance your paintings, including pigment characteristics, color theory, and pouring techniques.  This workshop will give you strategies for improving your paintings by focusing on composition, value, edges, and of course, color!

 

Tuition is $200, which includes four days of instruction, thorough coverage of watercolor pouring techniques and color theory, guidance and coaching for all levels of painters, art principles, supportive critiques, and a 12 page illustrated reference book.

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This workshop is strictly limited to 6 participants.  Register today: WORKSHOP REGISTRATION LINK  to ensure your spot.  Make new friends, discover your muse in a relaxing setting, create art in beautiful surroundings, grow as an artist by learning new techniques, stretch, laugh, explore, support, participate, flourish, sparkle, dream,  ……….

This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels.  With a small class size and an intimate setting, beginners will receive the support to rapidly improve, and advanced artists will receive challenges to take their painting to the next level.aspen

 

 

POURED WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

w/CHERI ISGREEN

SEPTEMBER  22, 23, 24, 2018

TELLURIDE, CO

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION LINK

 

 

Upon registration, you will receive a materials list, the instructional booklet, and several links for more information about poured watercolors.  Come paint with us… relax…create…explore…grow…make new friends…laugh…play…discover…invent…enjoy…

Inexpensive lodging can be found on Air B&B, Telluride, Colorado.  I can help you connect with a roommate for the workshop.

 

Upcoming March Workshop at Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, CO

Time to register for POURED WATERCOLOR with Cheri Isgreen

Fri-Sun March 23-25 10 am – 4 pm. $355

Forgo the brush & experiment with the process of pouring watercolor to produce looser paintings with unique results. Learn pigment rules & pouring techniques, as well as color theory, composition, & strategies for successful painting. Learn how pouring watercolors in a series of glazes allows depth of color to develop while preserving underlying layers and enhancing luminosity. Experience how poured watercolor fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors while maintaining the harmony of a limited palette. All levels of painters welcome, including first-time watercolorists. Extra support for new painters and design challenges for experienced artists will be provided.

REGISTER FOR POURED WATERCOLOR

Watercolor Workshops in Gunnison & Montrose Offered for November 2017

Registration for watercolor workshops in Montrose and Gunnison are open. All levels are welcome.  Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given design challenges to deepen their understanding while practicing a variety of painting techniques.  Workshop participation benefits your community arts centers.

Gunnison: “Make a Splash: Watercolor”  offered through the Gunnison Arts Center, two  hour weekly class, Wednesdays, November 1 – December 13. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (No class Thanksgiving week.)  Each week we explore new techniques and ideas.  You will have a week to practice each lesson’s content, with new lessons building on previous class material.  Bring your weekly practice projects for extra guidance and critique.  Instruction and materials for each class: $110/student, $93.50/members.  Use the link below to register in Gunnison:

GUNNISON REGISTRATION

Montrose: “Getting Loose” offered through the Montrose Center for the Arts, six hour Saturday workshop, November 11 –  10am – 4pm  Workshop $60; materials list available for those who have their own watercolor supplies, or purchase supplies from instructor: $20.   Follow up support is offered free of charge to registered participants after the workshop.  Use the link below to register in Montrose:

MONTROSE REGISTRATION

Born to Run

Do you love the magic of watercolor?  Are you looking for ways to harness the spontaneity of watercolor paints?  Do you want to create fresh, colorful compositions?  Would looser techniques improve your paintings?  These watercolor classes will teach you to paint with confidence by mastering:

  • a variety of watercolor techniques
  • color theory
  • design principles

Put all that together for lively, punchy, and/or compelling works of art!

Fall classes will cover seasonal subject matter.  You will learn to create lovely subjects for holiday cards.  All levels welcome.  Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given design challenges to deepen their understanding and ability to convey meaning.  All registered learners can receive online follow-up support free of charge.

 

Materials List for Watercolor Workshops

In response to the request to post a materials list for my workshops, here it is:

MATERIALS & SUPPLIES FOR WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP:

  • pencils, erasers, & sketchbook (or white printer paper for sketching ideas and doing practice studies)
  • 1/2 sheet of watercolor paper- 140# cold press cut to measure 15” x 22” (I recommend Arches brand because it has superior sizing which allows water and paint to flow on the surface without the paper fibers swelling)
  • metal yardstick (for tearing paper into smaller sizes. I will be discussing how different formats change the focus of a composition.)
  • tube watercolors in basic triad- (At the very minimum, you will need a red, a yellow, & a blue. Transparent colors will yield better results than opaque colors for this workshop. I would suggest at least 6 colors, a cool and a warm of each primary. Colors I use: Permanent Rose- cool red; Windsor Red- warm red; Cobalt Blue- almost pure blue, leans cool, good for skies; Windsor Blue Green Shade- warmish blue, mixes well with yellow for pure greens; Hansa Yellow- almost pure yellow, mixes well for oranges and greens; Raw Sienna- transparent earth yellow, somewhat neutralized, warmish. I also like to have Burnt Sienna on my palette.)
  • palette (for holding pigments and mixing paint;you could use a ceramic or plastic white plate from the dollar store.)
  • variety of paintbrushes (At the very minimum, you will need a small round brush for details; 1/2” flat brush for drawing, blocking, lifting, and dry-brush techniques; & large round brush for washes- at least #10 size. I use these 6 brushes: round brushes- #2, #6, #12; flat brushes- 1/2”, 1” 2” size chart: link for watercolor brush size chart You can find inexpensive watercolor brush sets at JoAnn’s craft stores.)
  • water containers (at least two- one for washing brushes, and one for pure water which you will use for washes and color mixing. Minimum size for the washing container is 2 quarts; anything smaller gets too polluted too quickly, & you will be constantly stopping to change water. Good size for the pure water container is at least 1 pint.)
  • spray bottle for water (handy, but not critical. I like to spritz my palette to keep the pigments fresh. You can also get effects with a spray bottle, so feel free to explore this option.)
  • sponges (at least two- I can’t paint without 3. I also like to have a few rags close at hand made from old towels about 6” x 8”. Some people like to use paper towels, but I find the clutter of used paper towels too messy, as well as not environmentally sustainable.)
  • backing board and mounting materials (I use plywood pieces that have been varnished. For smaller compositions, I don’t bother to stretch and staple my paper. Instead, I use masking tape to mount dry watercolor paper to the board. Other options- MDF or other composition board from Home Depot, a thick grade of foam core, or in a pinch- very heavy cardboard.
  • Besides staples and masking tape, you can also mount paper to your board with spring clips.)
  • easel (or you can paint flat on a table.)
  •  liquid mask (At the very minimum, get liquid mask and a small round cheap brush. I prefer to use a mask pen for most of my work. Daniel Smith is my preference because it come with 5 nibs, and they are easiest to clean. http://www.dickblick.com/products/daniel-smith- masking-fluid/ I also use Grafix masking fluid for for applying mask with a brush and to refill the Daniel Smith pen. http://www.dickblick.com/products/grafix-incredible-white- mask-liquid-frisket/ Also look for a rubber cement pickup for removing mask, available through Blick.)
  • masking tools- you need dedicated tools that you will use only for masking, (including a separate water container, rags, and a cheap, small brush. Never mix your masking tools with your painting tools. For applying mask with a brush, you will also need liquid soap. Lately I have been using a small bar of hotel soap, which I reapply often to keep my application brush free of mask.)

Registration for “Getting Loose” Watercolor Workshop Open

This Saturday, September 29, 2017 from 10 AM – 4PM

a watercolor workshop will be held to benefit The Montrose Center for the Arts to raise funds for the Center to acquire a building for visual, performance, and educational events.

Getting Loose

is a series of watercolor workshops with a focus on playful, colorful compositions for the beginner, as well as the advanced painter.  Extra support assists beginners, and compositional challenges stimulate the advanced painter.  Each workshop explores new techniques, skills, and design concepts.  Pop Culture

This session we will concentrate on these design principles:FullSizeRender (1)

  • balance
  • harmony
  • movement
  • pattern/rhythm

while we play with the following watercolor techniques:

  • wet into wet color mixing
  • dry brush
  • negative painting
  • value control
  • graded wash
  • creating texture
  • line control
  • stamping
  • mixing “black” from primary color pigments

Registration is still open:  Call the Montrose Community Foundation to reserve your slot today:  970-596-5555

 

Nature Creates Art

I just completed a new work, inspired by the flight of starlings.  For years I have watched in awe as a flock of birds take flight to dramatically form a series of changing patterns in the sky.  In perfect synchronicity, the flock swoops, changes direction, and the pattern seamlessly morphs into a new shape.  The shapes are liquid in the sky, as they blend from one organic shape to the next.  Inspired, I wondered how to capture this on paper with paint?

This spring, I took a 1/2 sheet of watercolor paper and poured a sky that blended from blue to golden as it touched the desert horizon.  Big sky in Nevada.  By pouring paint in a series of glazes,  underlying layers are preserved while developing a depth of color and enhanced luminosity.  This beautiful background needed a center of focus- the birds I have been forever dreaming about!

How to start?  How to capture the dynamic fluidity of this aviary phenomenon?  Each night I dreamed how I would approach the painting.  Each morning I awoke and found I couldn’t attempt it.  I didn’t know how to begin; I couldn’t feel “the flow. ”  Finally I settled on my pigments- Windor blue shade, alizarin crimson permanent, and burnt sienna. I  made a small practice painting.

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“Flight Before the Storm”

Encouraged with the results of that bird study and before I could “chicken out,” I jumped into the large painting.  I knew the painting would either end as an unmitigated disaster, or it would become a delightful surprise.  Each time I reloaded the brush, I added a different pigment to my palette mixture from my base colors to influence the tone.  The dynamic shape of the flock subtly changed in hue as it grew on my paper.   I continued to add defined bird shapes to the edges and loose bird groupings in the center, striving for a strong abstract shape and interesting movement throughout the painting.  The painting succeeds in capturing the dynamic movement of a flock of birds in the dance of flight.

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Nature inspires wildlife to create beautiful creations of their own.  Enjoy this video showing a pufferfish creating a beautiful mandala to attract a mate.  Pufferfish 

More:

Left to right, clockwise:  Millipede, exhibiting its main defense mechanism, curling into a spectacular spiral, which protects its legs inside its body.  A celestial spiral, the Aurora Borealis, in the skies above Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.  Finally, a collection of diatoms, microscopic algae.  These images were found on National Geographic.  Enjoy more here: National Geographic link

The Ah Haa School of the Arts in Telluride is still accepting registrations for my watercolor class.  To register, click the following link: Cheri Isgreen Watercolor Workshop