Today we started a project from one of Zoltan Szabo’s books, “Still Water.” These are awesomely fun projects; Szabo is a favourite of our class.
From a picture provided by our teacher, we painted after watching local Minnesota watercolourist Andy Evansen‘s video Andy Evansen: Secrets of Painting Watercolor Outdoors. In the video, Andy tells us: “Get in and get out” as well as a lot of other really great advice.
Following a few weeks of doing fast and loose painting of flowers, I was set to try this on a landscape.
Just finished this painting this week. It took 3 sessions to complete.
I finished this last week after working on it for a month while in San Jose, California. I got to work with my friend, Edna Wendes, who is a fabulous watercolourist and teacher. I had so much fun in her class with the other students.
The story of this painting is also a bit different. It’s a picture from my friend Amy’s wedding of she and her husband in a stunning embrace flanked by a white lighthouse, as you can tell in the source photo. I walked into their living room and was just absolutely stunned by the photo. I begged Amy to let me paint it, it was such a stunning visual.
I started this painting way long ago, and had only been able to mask the buildings. Then I stopped going to painting classes for a while. A few weeks ago, my mom and I had a painting session where I worked on this. Today, I attended the class of one of my favourite watercolourists, Edna Windes, and she gave me more advice and pointers, so I finished the piece.
This painting was pretty fun. I have been to Big Sur on the California coast many times, and seen many views like this. Familiar, and thoughts of home.
I began this painting towards the end of last week’s class, May 25th, 2016. There were two classes this week, a makeup class May 31st, and our regular class, June 1st (today), so I had lots of time to work on this painting in a fairly short period of time. Our teacher is so generous to let us make up missed classes. Continue reading big sur coast
This was some gorgeous autumn colour that our teacher found for us to paint, with a cute little shack by a lake.
This was an exercise in doing reflections in water as well as painting what we see. Continue reading Painting: “Autumn Colour, a Hunting Shack by a Lake”
A friend of mine who lives in Anchorage took a picture one early afternoon near winter when the sky suddenly went all pink. Continue reading Alaskan Sunlight
My first introduction to the late, great Zoltan Szabo, watercolourist and instructor. He has several instructional books published and we took an exercise from one.
One of my first paintings using tube colours is “Hay Bales”, and every time I see it now I want to re-do it. It’s too saturated with the staining colour Phthalo Green.