| 07 March, 2014 12:49
I have been teaching on-line classes for about a year and half at Artist's Network University. My first class is entitled 'Painting Bright and Clean Watercolors' where we explore color palettes, reasoning for choosing a personal palette of colors, the characteristics of pigments and why you should be familiar with the color wheel. We then look at composing and editing photo resources and how to use your images as a departure point for your own creativity. We discuss design elements, analyzing the scene, goals and work-out sheets. The course includes: 'Painting Vibrant Watercolors' by Soon Warren, Joyce Faulknor and Guy Magallanes video, 'Color for Vibrant Watercolor',; 'Pure Glazing' video by Arleta Pech and Soon Warren's 'Top Vibrant Watercolor Techniques'
I find it totally fulfilling to get a group of student's together and share work, ideas, comments on the Message Boards on Blackboard - the platform that ANU uses for our classes.
I have another course entitled 'Demystifying Color and Composition. This 4 weeks course concentrates on Principles and Elements of Design, including Color. For uniformity of focus we use a simple fruit still life and discuss tips on photography. The course includes Sue Archer's video 'Commanding Color'.
Periodically we also offer a 'Watercolor Art Seminar'. Another 4 weeks class that is more for independent study or for critique of completed paintings. This is popular for students from my other classes to continue their study.
These and other classes can be found at http://www.artistsnetworkuniversity.com/
Hope to 'see' you there.
| 24 December, 2013 01:25
Deposits made for this trip are fully refundable up until June 15, at which time participants will receive confirmation that the workshop has the minimum number of participants and travel arrangements should then be made. There will no refunds after this date.
| 22 November, 2013 11:54
| 05 October, 2011 22:39
I think I have got an original idea. To create high quality prints from a portrait commission and personalize them at the buyers choosing. They don't necessarily have to be people - they could be home portraits as well. I really like doing gray toned portaits and think they are create a softer, more sophisticated appearance. The neat thing about these printed greeting cards - they could be used for any occasion - during the holiday, Thank You, Thinking of You, we've moved. they could be given in boxes of 12 with envelopes for grandma, aunty Sally - especially when they learn that they are such.good quality prints, the image will look wonderful in a frame for their wall decor.An,d maybe become a family heirloom. Spread the word around,they could be very popular this year. With the time it takes to do them,I will need to get started pretty soon. See Etsy.com for my listing of this offering.
| 04 October, 2011 20:14
There are many element of design that should be considered when creating a successful watercolor painting but, above all, consideration should be given to value contrast. That is a contrast in lights, medium and dark tones. Squint your eyes to evaluate the value contrast of a painting. Squinting aids in blurring out color and seeing the value. All colors have a value and correspond to a particular gray on a value scale. Yellows are naturally light value; darks can be found between reds through greens. Mixing (always on the paper, not in your palette) Alizarin Crimson with Winsor or Thalo Green (blue shade) yields the best, clean and transparent dark color and you can lean towards either one to adjust to make it warmer (with Alizarin) or cooler (with the green). Before you start your painting do a small value study. It need only be a thumbnail but keep it approximately in the same proportions as your planned painting. Do several value studies and look for good movement throughout the composition and connect medium and dark shapes to create larger shapes. An all-over scattering of lights and darks is not very pleasant to look at and looks unplanned. Working and assessing values will teach you so much about design and save you a lot of time and disappointment.
| 04 October, 2011 12:03
From wherever you found your way here, Welcome and hope you will, link subscribe and comment on my advice, techniques, tutorials on watercolor, design and the creative process. If you are not familiar with me, I am a watercolor painter and I have been traveling with this exciting, challenging medium for 20 or more years. Those starting out will find some encouragement here. You have to make friends with watercolor and learn that if you have a relationship based mostly on it's terms, you will have wonderful rewards. The key is to let it express itself: with guidance from you in terms of subject matter and/or content, choice of color palette, water to paint ratio, choice of paper, give it's own room to flow, mix and dry. The paint will only flow on a wet surface, so you can control the flow by wetting just certain areas. You ca then drop one or several color paint into those shapes and use gravity to make it flow more, or allow it pool by keeping it flat. And always remember not to mess with it - have patience to allow it to dry. Knowing the color wheel and being familiar with the nature of your paints will greatly add to your repertoire of skills. We will get into this in future posts. Any questions, just comment - your questions and my answers will add to all viewer's experience. I've been teaching all medium painting and design for 9 years now and I am thrilled with the prospects this blog will offer to share with other watercolor enthusiasts.