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Category Archives: Watercolors

Kari Zeplin6

Diane Winningham

Joe Isca4

Bill Lambert5

The above paintings are from our Exploring Watercolor class. These artists learn the basics about watercolor. They learn how to create colorful darks and value differences. They learn how to recognize differences in value and that it is always better to allow the water to help them create. Basic color combinations are discussed and practiced. They learn to use a sponge, masking fluid,  a magic eraser, salt, make a rubber band brush for grasses, and how to soften an edge with their brush. They practice skies and water and trees and buildings. They take watercolor magazines home with them, each week, so they can see all the different ways artists use watercolor. This is the class that starts it all. If .ou would like to see all of their incredible work, click here.

Mary Ann Berron3

Kathy Cron4

Masa Paper Painting

Laura Nellum

Ink and Watercolor Painting

Linda Gerbers3

Joyce Racine4

Rachel Peterson3

Gouache Resist

Jennifer Hope

Tammy Enrietto

Watercolor and Collage

The above paintings were completed in a class titled Watercolor Plus. It is probably the most creative as well as the most demanding watercolor class that I teach. I pretty much teach different techniques for the use of other media in watercolor. The artists select the things they want to try. I am so pleased with the results in this class that you must visit their gallery page by clicking here. These artists worked with masa paper, gesso and watercolor, gouache resist and watercolor, many different forms of waterproof black ink and watercolor, elegant writer, citrasolv collage and watercolor and rice paper and watercolor. High praise for the work you all did!!!!

Nancy Longmate

Sue Joseph6

Janet Heffley4

The above paintings were completed in the Advanced Watercolor Class. This class is designed to be a class where artists, who have completed all the other classes, may come and work together on paintings of their own choice. They must complete at least 3 paintings in the 6 week period. I am available as a mentor as well as them helping each other. They have a sharing time at the end of each class session. If you would like to see all of their work this period click here.

Henn Laidroo

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER BREAK!

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Sue Sample4

Blind Continuous Line

Bill Lambert6

Negative Space

Scout DeFelice7

Perspective

Deborah Davis8

Value Study

The above Drawings were completed as assignments in our Beginning Drawing class this winter. We studied Blind continuous line, continuous line drawing contour line drawing, negative space, perspective, value, and how to grid a photograph. The students worked from real life as well as photos. If you would like to view all of their drawings in this class, please click here.

Kathy Cron4

Mary Ann Berron2

Joyce Racine6

Jennifer Hope 3

The above paintings were completed in this year’s composition class. They learned about where to place a center of interest. They learned how to use value and contrast shapes, lights and darks and textures and that no two things can be the same in order to create interest in their paintings. They studied 5 different ways to attract attention through their paintings. If you would like to view all paintings created in this class, please click here.

Melissa Scare

Sue Mendenhall3

Nancy Longmate4

Henn Laidroo2

Cindy Guzik3

The above 5 paintings are from the Advanced Watercolor session winter 2019. These artists work at their own pace and create 3 paintings of their choice in each 6 week session. They share and critique one another’s work  each week. If you would like to view all of their work click here.

Thank you to all the artists who share their work here.

Carole Smith5

James Toole

Joyce Racine2

Linda Gerbers

Loren Bergren2

Pat Bassett5

Sharon Smith4

The above paintings were completed by the students in the Exploring Watercolor Beginning class that just ended.

This is the most difficult class I offer because of the magnitude of information and skills that are covered in a short period of time.

Many of these paintings are painted with student grade paints because I don’t want anyone to invest in the artist grade until they decide they are going to continue painting.

We learned basic strokes such as wet in wet, wet on dry and dry brushing. We learned how to soften an edge and the difference between a soft and hard edge. We studied value and how to create a dark by mixing several dark colors together. We learned the difference between opaque and transparent and made a chart of our own colors in order to determine the ones that were more opaque. We learned how to use salt, a sponge, masking fluid, splatter and how to make a rubber band brush for grasses and texture. We learned to grid and measure a format so the grid will work on the surface of our paper. We painted trees, skies or water, and little people. We spent one night discussing color and learning the color combinations that work well for artists.

If you would like to see all of their paintings click here. Thank you to all the students who shared their work here.

Sheila Boneham3

Tammy Enrietto4

Laura Nellum2

Rachel Peterson

Posted above, are four paintings from the 2018 session of watercolor landscape. We studied creating a center of interest, use of value and division of space, color, using masking fluid, techniques for clouds, skies, water and trees. We discussed buildings and learned technique for painting “little people in our landscapes. If you would like to view the gallery of all 27 landscape paintings please click here.

Jan Reche2

John Kelty2

Robert Einhaus

Ruth Karau

Linda Flatley2

The above paintings were created by artists in the 2nd session of adv. watercolor this fall. This is a group of artists who have completed all the other classes and still want to come together to learn from one another.  They are to create 3 paintings each six week session and they share and critique their work at the end of every meeting. I serve as a mentor or helper. If you would like to see the entire gallery of their work, this session, please click here.

Thank you to all of the artists who shared their work here.

Three art classes ended this past week.  I thank all of my students who have agreed to share their art on this post and within the gallery pages listed above. I am very lucky to be able to witness the growth and creativity in all of these artists.

Henn Laidroo

Cindy Guzik

Nancy Longmate

The above three paintings are from the Advanced Watercolor Class. This class is for the students who have completed the other classes I teach. They come together on Monday nights and work on paintings of their own choice. They have more time and freedom to explore techniques I have taught or research on their own and try something new. There is always a critique at the end of each class and the students share new ideas with one another. To view the Advanced Watercolor Student Gallery click Here.

Dionne Carter2

Jennifer Hope

Mary Anne Berron

This grouping of paintings are from the Watercolor Portrait class. They could work on people, animals and / or figures. They studied portrait composition, value, skin tone, measurement and features. To view the Student Portrait Gallery click Here.

James Toole
Blind Continuous Line

Joseph Quinlisk2
Study in Perspective

Elaine Lehman4
Value Study

The above drawings are from the Beginning Drawing class. They work so hard. They learn how to turn their left brains off and draw in blind continuous line and feel their way around and over a form. They learn the elements of perspective and how to make various marks for value. They practice drawing from life and from photos. They learn to grid and to draw themselves and each other. They also work on several still life arrangements. If you would like to view the Beginning Drawing Student Gallery click Here.

I ran across a night scene in a photograph from wet canvas that caused me to pause. I had only attempted a couple other night scenes since I began painting and decided to give the above a try. How to do the red dark and still get the sign in the foreground to appear as though it is green in sunlight?  I think learning to make rich dark washes is one of the most difficult skills to learn.

Prior to adding any color to the drawing of the above scene, I went in search of a reference to use for the guy walking past. He is actually from a beach scene photo I have. I put a hoodie and jeans on him and had him carry a small bag instead of a picnic basket and added him to the scene. I used liquid friskit to save his image and  the lettering and neon lighting on building and parking sign.

My first wash of color was aureolin and I applied it in a watered-down wash over the entire scene. I allowed that to dry. On a scrap piece of watercolor paper, I worked some oranges, reds and then greens to experiment with different combinations and values until I got a feel for the colors. I used no browns in this piece other than what was created from the greens and oranges and reds. I like the deep dark colors I was getting from hookers green and fire engine red.  In the deepest dark areas, I would add alizarin crimson with those two colors.  I slowly added washes of orange and red and worked wet-in-wet as I approached the darker areas.  Some areas just had the yellow and orange washes and others, as I moved outward, had the green added to the wash. I was very careful with the amount of water I used as I did this. I did not want the paper to become over saturated.

I painted the municipal Parking sign with green, then red, then green again so it looked a little more green than the other washes.

I waited for all the above to dry. I had to go back in to the deepest dark areas and lay in deeper dark colors and softening edges where the dark colors met the lighter areas. I allowed that to dry. I then took a damp brush and smeared some of the colors from the dark areas over the double windows on the upper left so they did not appear to be in bright light from the Hotel sign.

After all of that dried, I removed the liquid friskit (masking fluid) and painted the areas that required colors, using a small brush. I smeared the dark color of the green sign over the lettering and lighter rectangle beneath that sign so they appeared darker. There were some blues in the neon around the windows and I used that color in the man’s jeans to subtly draw the viewer’s eye to him.

This was a fun painting.

Below are the other night paintings I have tried.

 

Thank you to wet canvas for the reference photos for the above paintings.

 

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.

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.