Our last plein air of the season was held at LeuGardens and we had a great turnout of eight members. After we enjoyed the lovely art show, “The Agua Series” in the main house, we went out into the garden to find special places to paint and draw. Cathy and I painted next to the row of blue Agapanthus or Lily of the Nile.
Marcela and Nancy were up by the main Garden House.
We had a lot of fun! It was a great time to be outdoors and enjoying the friendship and artistic “play time”. Come and join us in the new season. You don’t have to have any experience! You don’t have to lug around heavy supplies, we pack light and small. You just need a sense of adventure and the creative need to play with your paints. See you out and about next season!
The annual members exhibition of the Northwest Watercolor Society is online for your viewing pleasure. The juror, Liana Bennett, talks about each painting and why she chose it. Composition, design and control of the medium were some of the things she looked for.
Carol Carter’s workshop was an exciting experience! We had 3 hours so it was a fast painting. We had already drawn out our Trumpet Flower or Datura onto a #140 watercolor paper. Since she does the background first, we masked the flower with masking tape and Incredible white mask.
We wet the entire background then brushed in Cobalt Turquoise Light, deeper, richer and vibrant on the bottom and lightly graduated tint to the top.
Dry the painting and remove the mask. Then start painting the flower bloom, on the right. Use a number 2 brush. – wet the shape with clear water – then outline with Burnt Sienna. Just do the exterior edge, then soften with water. Add Aureolin Yellow, then Winsor Green in the middle.
Next, small shapes near the top. Aureolin, then some Winsor Green around the edge.
Drop down to the petal on the lower right, add Aureolin, outline in Burnt Sienna. Down below outline in Burnt Sienna, soften with water then drop in Aureolin.
Wet the big leaf at the top right and the second trumpet on the right. Outline in Burnt Sienna on the outside edge to the neck of the flower, open the line with water, drop in Aureolin at the tip, leave light paper in the middle, add Aureolin at the neck, then Winsor Green. Then outline the big leaf with a mix of Winsor Green and Burnt Sienna, open the line with water and add Aureolin to the tip and gradated it back and add green and yellow
The steps were repeated with each blossom and at the end of the session we showed off our beautiful Datura’s! Carol Carter was fun to work with. We all learned so much! Thank you Carol!
Carol Carter has more workshops coming up, so check out her website for more opportunities:
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We had 7 plein air artists paint by the lake at Cypress Grove on Saturday. Thouraya, Sandy, Marcela, Debbie, Karen, Leslie, and Terri enjoyed a breezy day painting a gazebo, Great Blue Heron and the shore of Lake Jessamine. It was fun to get together to enjoy each other’s company and exchange tips on painting outdoors.
Sandi had a great tip on an Easel Butler (from Canada) which hooks around the legs or your easel creating a shelf. It can hold some type of tray or board to hold your paints, palettes and other tools.
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We had 43 CFWS members watch the wonderful and informative demo by Laurie Goldstein Warren.
Her painting was a mardi gras musician. Her palette is mostly these 4 colors: Quinacridone Rose and Gold, Antwerp Blue, Cobalt Blue… and Black. Occasionally she will use turquoise which she loves. She paints dark to light, and works in values first, using a black and white photograph. Starting in the upper left corner she used a large #14 Escoda brush to paint in the Quin Gold, then the Quin Rose was dropped in quick and finally Antwerp Blue.
Let those colors mix on the page. Paint fast, don’t worry about the edges. Start at the top and work your way down to avoid dragging through the paint. Getting the darks early helps build confidence. For darker colors, values of 9 to 7, use the Antwerp Blue and for lighter value colors, of 6 and below, use the Cobalt.
She considers herself an impressionistic painter. Look for shapes with the same values and bundle them together. Play around the values and use Photoshop – Poster Lines – kick up the contrast, move the slider until you like what you see. The Lamp Black is a dead color so it makes colors around it lovely. Add little pieces in shadows, hair, etc.
She uses a large calligraphy brush to paint over all the colors to glaze. She added Quin Gold to the tuba. Leave out the gold for cool areas. If you mix it up between cool, warm, cool, it’s more fun for the viewers.
Keep in mind why you wanted to paint this picture. What is the story? Keep it in mind as you pick colors, the center of interest gets more darks or contrast.
She added lamp black to his eyes and piece of the letter on his hat, and his beard. Black is a level 9 tone value.
Lastly, never frame a painting you haven’t stared at for 2 weeks to find the boo boo’s.
Thank you so much Laurie for a great demo! We learned a lot! If you would like to talk to Laurie, her email is: email@example.com
We had 3 artists, Marcela, Leslie and Terri, enjoying a beautiful day of painting, at Leu Gardens, on April 14th. It was a last addition to our normal plein air schedule. We photographed and painted the dinosaur sculptures that were nestled among the blooming plants and lush grasses. It was a lot of fun and we recommend that you visit before they leave on April 25. Below are just a few of the many sculptures:
We have 4 artists from the Central Florida Watercolor Society in the competition for the Quantum Leap Winery label contest!
Marcela Moglia, Vera Gubnitskaia, Christine Peloquin and Teresa Chin submitted label designs. The voting is going on now through April 18th. If you would like to show support for your fellow society members, as well as contribute to art programs like Youth ArtReach, please vote for your favorite design. Every vote is $1 and goes to youth programming.