Pampa Workshop…

Had a wonderful workshop last week with some very talented ladies in Pampa, TX.  We zoomed in on value key paintings.,,,high, middle, and low key.  Trying something new is always a challenge but they stepped up to the plate…..or palette…..and plunged right in.  Unfortunately I didn’t get shots of everyone…..below are some who wet a brush….Keep painting, ladies.

A Week in Cloudcroft

Another fun workshop with great artist…the week is almost to short….just as I get to know everyone it is time to pack and leave.  I could write a book ‘Learning from Students”…..they are always an inspiration and at times a challenge.  Below are a few photos that were captured during the week….…work…
“Where’s the Party”
Hard work deserves a relaxing meal on the deck……..

Suggested Books for Watercolor Painters

I have been painting watercolor for 20 + years and still learn from reading and viewing other artist creative works.  Although techniques are basic, each artist has their own approach for application.   The  goal of each brush stroke is to produce a masterpiece.  Refreshing the basics gives me a new perspective, one of those ‘Oh! yeow’ moments.  I have listed a few books that I recommend for that moment if you are a veteran painter or a beginner.
Zolton Szabo’s 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques

A good book on techniques, composition, and color.   The use of bristle slanted burshs for washes.  There are demonstrations on simplification of photographs for traditional or an idealized design.  Great for beginners or seasoned painters…

Daring Color
Rich, rich color with a direct approach in painting.  Mixing colors for just the perfect neutral gray needed to enhance hues. Several demonstrations with additional tips on painting, color, supplies and composition from photographs.
Daring Color
    CLICK TO BUY BOOKCharles Reid Watercolor Solutions

Drips, runs, splatters of color with lost and found edges describes figures and landscapes published in this book.  Problem solving solutions that every painter has encountered at least once.  Charles is a master at contour drawing..

Charles Reid's Watercolor Solutions
CLICK HERE TO BUY BOOKPainting Outside the Lines
Negative shapes are difficult for the beginner.  This book includes exercises for painting and understanding the negative shapes for every painting.  Using under paintings to start the process of finding a composition expands the creative mind.
Watercolor Painting Outside The Lines

The Watercolorist’s Answer Book
From the basics to tips, techniques and painting demonstrations from several artist.  Creating  interesting compositions with line, shape and textures from photographs or value sketches.
Watercolorist's Answer Book

Luminous Watercolor – Spring Landscape
Sterling Edwards DVD
Mixing and painting landscape greens in a 4 step process seems to be a challenge to most but Sterling’s instruction is easy to follow.  Sterling’s explanation of the reference photo is most helpful for future paintings.


‘Canvasing’ in Lamesa

Some painted on watercolor canvas…some aquabord…some paper….one painted a LARGE canvas.  Donnie’s floral was the largest on canvas….her first canvas.  Everyone painted  their  subject of choice and did a great job.  This was the first for some o paint on canvas or aquabord, as the photograph shows…Brenda wasn’t crying..maybe melt down….great paintings, Ladies…

Upside Down in Lamesa

Yes…you read correctly….today in Lamesa drawings were critiqued then turned upside down for the first washes of color….after the paintings were dry…upside down again to add shadows and adjust the values.  Final darks and calligraphy marks finished the paintings….great job ladies.  This exercise helps to loosen a painting with lost and found edges with little regard for the drawing….below are some of the finished works… 

Palette Club..Midland Workshop

What fun I had in Midland with 14 great painters…didn’t get enough photos.  I need to tie the camera around my neck…for those candid shots..thanks ladies for a great week..The Palette Club is a group of active artist painting in diverse mediums.  The Clubs programs each month give the members variety of mediums to expand their painting skills or explore another medium. Thanks to the Palette Club memebers.

Same drawing but four different painting expressions…..aren’t these great?  All of the paintings where on the floor to dry and before I could get a shot some were picked up and framed….great job ladies….

January 24 & 25 workshop

Great workshop this passed week here in Lubbock with 14 eager participants itching to wet a brush.  Vignettes took center stage and all 14 took that challenge and ran with it.  Great paintings were produced and I never close a workshop without students probably teaching me more than I do them…here are a few of those eager painters….