Typical workshop goals
- Design principles; value and color planning
- Landscape #1 demonstration + class paint
- Landscape #2 demonstration + class paint
Whether we’re painting in the studio or “en plein air” we want to be in touch with the essence of the subject, what our emotional reaction is to it and the reason why we want to paint it. This is the “recreation”, our own response to what we’re observing that we want to stay true to until the end. This requires an organized, structured yet surprisingly simple approach with limited values and palette.
We start with simple value studies, little thumbnails of shapes, constantly keeping in mind the existence of light. Without it we can’t see anything and there’s nothing to say! With it, power is in our hands to convey whatever mood we want to express. Thereafter, the most emotional element of design is color, and again we simplify it down. It is remarkable how you can create every color you need out of the three primary colors.
- Landscape critique
- Floral / Foliage demonstration + class paint
- Figurative elements demonstration + class paint
We continue emphasizing design and what we’re learning by eliminating – less is more! We start with the big wet shapes and end with the small generally “dry brush” shapes. Negative shapes are emphasized and special techniques are explored. Open critiques of works in progress are welcome and individual attention is prioritized.
Workshop Supply List
- Brushes: #6 and #8 or #10 round brushes; #1 or #2 small round brush for fine detail; #1 or #2 small round brush for masking fluid application; 3/4″ or 1” and 2” inch flat wash brush for painting and creating wet surface for stretching paper; #1 or #2 rigger brush
- Palette: any watercolour palette is suitable providing it has large wells to hold a lot of paint – large white surfaces such as old dinner plates or Styrofoam trays are handy for big washes
- Paper: approximately 3 full sheets 140 lb Artist’s Quality 100% rag cotton – (Recommend: Arches, Saunders or Fabriano Rough) – 22” x 30” full sheets will be encouraged, half sheets and tablets are suitable
- Masking fluid: Artists quality such as Winsor Newton, Grumbacher brands are encouraged, Pebeo is great!
- Watercolor paint: Artist’s quality is recommended. The following list is generally demonstrated because of the handling qualities of the pigments: Alizarin Crimson; Permanent Rose; Winsor Blue and/or Prussian Blue and/or Antwerp Blue (all three are in the “green shade” of blues); French Ultramarine Blue; New Gamboge Yellow; Transparent Yellow; Cadmium Red; Raw Sienna; Burnt Sienna
- Watercolor Paint “Sometimes” list: Aureolin Yellow; Cerulean Blue; Rose Madder Genuine; White designer’s gouache (ie: Dr. Martin’s Bleed-Proof White)
- Other: thin boards suitable for mounting paper on and storing works in progress; one or two spray bottles – one that can apply a fine mist, one that can create “droplets” as long as the drops aren’t too large; wide masking tape; HB, 2B, 6B graphite pencil; sketch book; salt (preferably fine sea salt); hair dryer; eraser; water bucket; paper towel, rags, tissues
… and bring a sense of humour!