Do you love paint? Are you often found hovering over your easel, brush in hand, palette set with clear color, acres of previous papers trailing behind you while aiming to communicate with your unseen audience by means of marks on paper, mindful of difficulties, limitations, countless false starts and failures; yet, dedicated to producing work of higher significance?
If you see yourself in this scenario, then consider joining me and other painters in this watercolor painting workshop. All levels of ability save rank beginners are welcome. The single, most important focus will be pictorial design, which includes planning, color, tonal values, expression and visual theme. Demonstrations, personal instruction and objective criticism will sharpen your critical powers. Not only will you gain a better understanding of the painting process, but you will be confident in your new found skills.
Bring along drawings, photos or old paintings to serve as your subjects. With your regular painting gear include a soft pencil and sketch paper to plan exciting designs before painting. If this is a new procedure for you, guidance will be available. Along with Science, Theology and Philosophy, Art is one of the four grand inquiries. Those bound together by art form some of life’s most significant associations. Expect to meet new friends. When returning from the workshop to the solitude of our own studios we will be recharged by that temporary collaboration with gallant peers.
SAY IT WITH FLUENCY, FLUIDITY AND COURAGE
They say the apple is 90% water. Lets get to the core of painting by jumping into more water. In this workshop we pounce on a wet paper with a ferocious all over looseness that gives your paper an authority like no other attack. So often we resort to defensive painting, now is the time to go on the offensive. Dare to be bold. If you can’t pronounce a word say it loud.
GET THE HORSE SENSE OF STRUCTURE IN YOUR WORK
Too many paintings languish in a bog of mediocrity. A good painting should not merely copy the model should be built with the bricks of design principles. These can be learned. Armed with design principles you may not only better judge the production of other artists, but more importantly you will be provided with a tribunal to judge your own work.
BUILD YOUR PICTURE WITH LAYERS
Here is a key to making your painting glow with mysterious radiance. Learn to analyze your subject in layers and then paint them one at a time. Transparency is one of watercolor’s greatest characteristics. Shapemaking is made easier and more fun when we learn to make glorious washes that communicate our delight and decorate our papers with pizzazz and transparency.
WORKING WITH COLOR GALORE
Color is the daily bread of painting. When one says painting one says color. Is your color merely descriptive and copied in a hum drum way? Learn in this session how to use color with strategy and for the sake of expression. Color is not something that comes from the model but should come from the palette. Let us learn to keep some of the beauty of color that comes out of the tube. Often we corrupt our color with too much niggling.
LEARN TO MAKE BRUSH-TIP CALLIGRAPHY
Calligraphy means beautiful graphic marks. Most any painting will exude more pep if it has the dash of calligraphy. It also is the key to personalizing your painting. We will explore the differences between the pointed brush and the flat brush. Usually it is a partial statement combined with another partial statement of washes. The partial statement in art invites the beholder to collaborate in finishing the painting.