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Kathy Cron

Diana Adkins

Jennifer Hope2

Mary Anne Berron

Sydney Salway

John Glascow

The above paintings are just a few of the paintings from this Spring’s Beginning Watercolor Class that ended this past week.  Every single person in this class works hard each week. There are new topics covered each week. Students are encouraged to complete a painting, using the technique or topic discussed, each week . We covered the basic strokes and learned about brushes, paint and paper. We learned that we needed to partner with the water and that there would sometimes be “happy accidents” where the water shows us something new and how to allow that to happen. We learned how to make foliage and trees and clouds and buildings. We learned about color and value and how to make better colors that were not flat. We learned about frisket and wax resist and the magic eraser. We learned to paint “little people”.

If you would like to view all 35 of their paintings click here.  You can also scroll to the top of the page and click on the page titled Student Art: Beginning Watercolor Spring 2018.

Thank you to all the artists, from this class, who gave me permission to share their art here.

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Dianna Burt

 

Barb Knepple

 

Kathleen Smierciak3

 

Melissa Scare3

 

Sheila Boneham3

 

Sue Mendenhall3

The paintings, above, are examples of what were created in our Spring 2018 session of Advanced Watercolor. The artists enrolled in this class may decide what they would like to paint. They are to complete three paintings within the six week period.  I am available as a mentor to answer questions and encourage along the way. All of the current students have taken all the other watercolor classes I offer. This is their opportunity to explore the techniques they have learned and to bring in new ideas that they discover to share with the group. We always have a sharing and critique session at the end of each class session.

If you would like to view 40+ other paintings they created click here . 

You can also scroll to the top of the page and click on Advanced Watercolor Students: Spring 2018. Thank you to all the artists who gave me permission to post their art here.

 

I recently tried a new paper, 140lb Khadi Rough. The two paintings, above, are my first attempts to feel the paper and explore how it took the watercolor. It is very soft. Large areas of liquid friskit will damage the surface but I have used it on small areas with no problem. The paper remains wet for a long time, so I had two paintings going at a time. While one was drying, I’d work on the other. I love the texture of the paper and the imperfections in it. There are bumps and particles that appear throughout as I paint. Once a layer dries, I can lift most colors. by scrubbing back with sponge or bristle brush. The paintings look soft and have a glow. I feel like I can complete a painting faster on this paper. The color is more vibrant from the beginning.

 

The next two paintings are much larger. To begin each of these paintings, I painted in gray scale with Paynes gray to establish values. I spritzed each gray scale painting with water to blur some of the edges. I then painted on top of the gray scale. In the bottom painting, I added white gouache glazes to the background and sponged where I wanted to lift some of the mist.

I am sold on this paper. I do not know if it will hold up to the abuses of gouache resist or collaging but will try both techniques on it. Arches may be the better choice for those techniques. I know I could use ink, elegant writer and gesso techniques with this paper.

Thank you to wet canvas for the photo references for the horses and cat.

 

 

 

Heather Terrill

Joyce Racine4

Kay Byerley4

Tammy Enrietto3

The above paintings were created by artists who just completed my Creative Challenge class. Each week we study different elements of design and composition. We always begin by learning about creating a center of interest and where best to place it on the format. We discuss that composition is the way in which we design the formats of our paintings. We learn ways in which to attract our viewer’s attention. We learn how to divide space and create contrast that is eye catching and not boring. We learn that paintings that include too much are difficult to read as well as the painting that does not have enough value contrast. We learn how to arrange the elements in our paintings in ways that are interesting and not boring. If you would like to view the rest of the paintings this class created you can scroll to the top of the page and click on the page that says, “Creative Challenge: Spring 2018” or click here.

Thank you to the students who gave their permission to share their paintings here.

 

Cynthia Heniser

Linda Wiegman

I just finished a Beginning Drawing class. The students in this class worked so hard and improved so much. Everyone did their homework and that makes a big difference. They began the class by learning to turn off their left brains and work with the feeling side of the brain. They drew with one continuous line for a week and a half. Above, the top drawing is a portrait drawn blind with one continuous line. The portrait below it was also drawn with one continuous line but while looking at the paper and model.

Diana Adkins2

They learned how to see and draw negative space in order to describe a positive shape.

Darlene Gensic5

They learned perspective.

Pamela Ropek2

They learned to grid a photo reference.

John Glasgow4

Cynthia Heniser3

They learn to make marks and find three values to describe their subjects.

Emily Simpson

Linda Wiegman5

They learned to draw self portraits.

If you would like to view more of their work click here.

You can also scroll to the top of this page and click on Beginning Drawing: Spring 2018.

I also completed a session in Advanced Watercolor.

Beth Akey3

Janet Heffley4

Nancy Longmate

Judy Notestine

Jan Reche4

Above are examples of paintings created by watercolor artists in the Advanced Watercolor class. I serve only as a mentor or to introduce a new paper or technique if I find one. There is a critique session at the end of every class. The artists are asked to be creative and to try to finish 3 paintings in a six week period of time. If you would like to view all of their work you can scroll to the top of the page and click on Advanced Watercolor: Winter 2018 or click here.

Thank you to all my students for sharing their work here!

This is my second attempt of the Granddaughters at our favorite swimming place, Jury Pool. I wanted to try and capture the bright light and the feel of being at the pool in the summer. Also wanted to try and capture the landscape of the pool, people, umbrellas and building in the background. Before my advanced class left for our winter break, I asked them to create a painting with three or more people in it. They will share this painting when we start up in February.

 

The above watercolor sketch was done as a demo for painting little people in my landscape and beginning classes this fall.

I just finished teaching our fall session of Beginning Watercolor.

Kay Byerley4

Lizzy Smith3

The first thing we worked on was learning wet-in-wet, wet on dry and dry-brushing strokes. We practiced brushstrokes and painted a back-lit scene for our first assignment.

Lizzy Smith

Carole Smith2

We talked about ways to create texture and foliage and trees. We also discussed greens and adding other colors to them.

Jennifer Howey3

Kay Byerley3

We discussed ways to create skies, clouds and that similar washes could be used to create water.  Each student created a large sky or a large foreground painting.

Carole Smith4

We talked about how to paint buildings and learned to grid reference photo and size our format and grid it. This helped us to get the perspective correct on the buildings.

Jennifer Howey

The fifth week we talked about color combinations and specific colors that fell in either the light, medium or dark tonal ranges.

Carole Smith5

We finished by learning how to paint little people into our landscapes.

Thank you to all students who shared their paintings here. If you would like to see all their paintings click here. You can also scroll to the top of the page and click on Student Art: Beginning Watercolor.

Ruth Karau3

Henn Laidroo2

Cindy Guzik2

The above three paintings were created by artists in the Advanced Watercolor class this session. I chose them because they fit the season. The students who work in this class have completed all the classes I offer in watercolor and wish to continue working as a group. They must finish three paintings in a six week session. They work on individual projects of their own choice. If  you would like to view all of their work click here  or scroll to the top and click on session 2 Advanced Watercolor.

The Watercolor Landscape class also ended this week.

Tammy Enrietto2

We studied composition and where to place a center of interest.

Carol Spallone

We studied division of space and value contrast.

Meghan Mills5

We painted either a big sky painting or large foreground painting.

Kara Morris 3

We created a painting on a grunge background and discussed the benefits of using the technique for certain subject material.

Janet Nichols2

We learned to paint little people.

If you would like to view all the art work from landscape class click here. 

You can also click by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking on Watercolor Landscape.

Thank you to all the students who allow me to post their art here.

I  just completed two more classes this week. The first to finish up is a new class offering. It is titled Advanced Watercolor and is open to students who have taken all of the other watercolor classes that are offered at least once. Each student is given goal sheets to complete on each painting. They are to set a goal to complete 3 paintings in the six week period. Many of these students have already been completing a painting a week. This offers them more time to work on larger works or works that are more involved or have mixed media techniques that require more time. There are no specific assignments and the artist can explore techniques they have already learned or new ones. There is a sharing session and group critique at the end of each class session. I am there to mentor, answer questions, or demonstrate when a student needs to see a technique done again. Some students work beyond my expertise and I am just there to encourage.

One student, in this session, made a book of watercolor portraits of witches. Below are some of the witches she included in her book:

Marilyn Bultemeier2

Marilyn Bultemeier3

Marilyn Bultemeier5

Some students worked on painting using negative space, Some used collage in their work while another experimented with painting on watercolor canvas. One student chose to study rock and water and how to best paint them. Another student is writing and illustrating a children’s book and yet another did a gouache resist. If you would like to view all 40 of their paintings click here.

The other class that ended was Beginning Drawing.

We began by drawing in continuous line both blind and looking. I spoke of cross contours in their work and how they should be included to show the shape of objects.

Here is a self portrait using  blind continuous line and cross contour:

Dennis Foote

We learned about negative space and how to look for those shapes that help to complete a drawing:

Heather Terrill3

We studied perspective:

Chris Petersen2

We learned about value and making different marks to create interest in our drawings. We practiced value by studying the value changes in a set of photographed eyes and also by cutting a picture in different shapes. This helped to get our mind off of drawing a complete drawing at once while we practiced making value marks.

Alison Metzger6

Sydney Salway5

We gridded photos and learned how to enlarge the photo on our drawing paper so that it would have the right proportions to grid properly:

Heather Terrill7

Everyone worked on drawing their self portrait:

Alison Metzger7

We worked on still life in class and at home:

Sydney Salway

Chris Petersen6

If you would like to view all their drawings click here.

Thank you to all the students who continue to allow me to post their work here.

 

Tammy Enrietto

Our 2017 portrait class just ended. In this class, we studied painting parts of the subject we planned to paint the first week. Students were told they could paint figures and animal portraits as well. Everyone learned to grid their reference photo and paper to assist with proportion and likeness. They studied skin tones and laying color next to color and softening edges. They studied composition as it relates to portraiture. We also covered proper placement of eyes, nose, ears and mouth as they appear on a baby, pre-teen, teen and adult. If you would like to see examples of their work click here. Thank you to all my students who took part in this class and shared their work here.