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Monday, January 12, 2015

Painting Faces- Animal or Human in Watercolor

The Sun City West art club has invited me to do a workshop on painting faces.  Rather than one full day, I've broken it down to two half days.  The first, Sunday, Jan 18th, will be a demo where I'll describe my process as I try to produce a complete or almost complete portrait painting in three hours.  The second part will be "Hands On" where students work from their own reference material or mine.  The paintings will be executed using a warm and cool of each of the primary colors.  Both half days are from 1-4pm.  I'm excited about this opportunity to show how much fun and how easy it is to capture a likeness with watercolors.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Working with Three Primary Colors

Using a very limited palette of colors can be both challenging and rewarding.  Although expensive one can purchase almost every color under the sun but where is the fun in that?  If you are new to a medium, one way to see if you like it without a lot of cost involved is to choose a warm and cool of each of the primary colors.  Since I will be soon be offering some classes and workshops in watercolor, I chose Hansa Yellow, Red Rose Deep and Phthalo Blue as my cool primary colors and Arylide Yellow, Vermillion and Ultramarine Blue as my warm primary colors.  With this combination almost every other color can be mixed.  The first workshop, "Painting Faces - Animal or Human" will be held on January 18 and 19th at the Sun West Art Club in Sun City West.  Here are a few samples of paintings done with these colors.