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.
After seeing my “After School” painting, a good friend sent me a photo she took while traveling in Nicaragua, which she said reminded her of my narrative painting. (see March 31 post- After School) I thought the photo would be a perfect subject for a poured watercolor approach. I will be teaching this technique in Telluride, CO this summer. If you are intrigued by this method, you can register with this link- poured watercolor workshop
As with many of my paintings, the first step is a study in ink or pencil. Lately I have been using ink. These studies are important to determine values for the many pours, along with defining edges and movement in the painting.
After transferring the drawing to 140 pound Arches watercolor paper, I begin masking and pouring the multiple layers of color and value. Now that Adobe Photoshop is so popular, many more people understand the process of poured watercolor. One must think in layers from light to dark. Details can be painting early and masked, or the area can be defined after all the masks have been removed and the layers integrate into a composition. I do both depending on the colors needed and the type of detail I will be adding. Street scenes have far more fussy details than the landscape and horse compositions I have been pouring, so I’ve been improvising the best ways to define details. If the details have complimentary color in the adjacent background, it works best to paint and mask the details before pouring to keep the colors pure.
After the final pour is dry, the mask can be removed. This is the time to clean up edges, define shapes, and resolve the composition. Sometimes this step is like unwrapping a present; the painting revealed under all the drips, masks, layers, and pours is glowing and almost done. Other times, removing the mask presents a conundrum; how do I pull all the elements together? This painting presented a conundrum. I studied this step of the painting for several days before adding the final touches.
After much study, I cleaned up the painting and started to add dabs of paint in ways that would unify the artwork. This took a few days, some brainstorming, some problem solving, and outside eyes to discuss where things needed to go. I was pleased with the solution. This painting evolved organically, and the original painting I saw in my mind’s eye was not the final result you see here. As artists, we must be flexible and listen to what the painting is telling us.
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
Both workshops and exhibitions are beginning to fill my 2017 calendar. This Friday kicks off the year with the Gunnison Arts Center Staff and Instructor Show. Art Walk 5-8 pm 102 S Main, Gunnison, CO 970.641.4029
The GAC’s talented staff and instructors come together to create an exhibition of their artistic side, displayed in the Upper Gallery for the month of January. These amazing local artists and educators bring life to the Gunnison Arts Center through their commitment to their community and students.
The “Getting Loose” workshops were so popular in 2016, I have scheduled several for 2017 in Montrose, Gunnison, and possibly Palisade. Also on tap for 2017 will be a continuation of my “Sketch Journal” series, held the second Saturday at Backstreet Bagels and possibly summers in Gunnison. The Ah Haa School for the Arts has scheduled my “Poured Watercolor” workshop for July 28-30. Get away to beautiful Telluride, Colorado and play with paint.
It’s been a busy December between art shows and workshops. I have been focusing on holiday and winter themes while creating artwork and developing demos for my workshops. Most recently we created holiday cards from small watercolors. For those of you who have been following my blog and Facebook, here is the teaser I posted for the workshop, along with the completed painting, and a second painting with a slightly different composition, grouping a single ornament next to two ornaments
Other painting themes for winter and the holidays included birds:
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A PEACEFUL HEALTHY NEW YEAR
(all paintings pictured here are available for $125 or less. Use the form to purchase: