Learn how to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! With intimate woodsy creeks as your model, study water in motion and glassy reflection. Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating - and yes, confusing - subject!
Choose either oil, watercolor or acrylic as your primary medium. In addition to traditional methods for these three mediums, learn to use 'acrylic underpinnings' to set the stage for vibrant colors in your 'waterscape' paintings. That technique - used for watercolor - is the method used in two of her North Light/Artists Network Watercolor Unleashed DVD videos and North Light Book Watercolor Unleashed, and the same technique - used for oils, is a technique featured in her North Light Book, Brilliant Color. This unique approach will add considerably to your repertoire of painting techniques!
The first day will be spent photo-sketching and sketching (with some 'light' painting/color-sketching - minimal plein air equipment - see supply list) at a nearby creek location, with follow-up studio painting on the second and third days. (photos provided by the instructor will have to be used in case of bad weather on the first day)
Studio lessons will focus on:
Color theory, simplified
The anatomy of a creek - cascading, splashing water
Acrylic Underpinnings - for oil, watercolor and acrylic
Negative painting exercises for the watercolorist (or acrylic used-as-watercolor)
Paint handling exercises for the oil painter (or acrylic used as an opaque medium, similar to oil)
All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The only prerequisite is an attitude of joy in the act of painting!
There will be demos in all three mediums as appropriate for the chosen mediums of the class members, instruction at all levels as needed, critique and lots of painting time. Class time will be structured, yet open enough to accommodate the artistic spirit within us all!