Full Day Workshops
My full day workshops are longer because of drying time involved with these techniques. They start a 10:00am and finish somewhere around 3:00-3:30 but nobody gets kicked out if they need time to finish a painting. The cost is $90. As with all my workshops, all materials are included.
Lunch is included and I offer two soups in each, including one vegetarian. I’ve been asked so many times, that I’ve posted the recipes on my website. Of course you can bring your own lunch if you like. Coffee and tea is available all day.
Two soups, tortilla chicken soup and lentil soup are on the menu for lunch for the Watercolor and Acrylic workshops and Make-ahead Chicken and Barley soup and Pea and Potato soup with a Cilantro-Yogurt sauce are served during the Pastel Workshop.
Watercolor - Line and Wash 1,2,&3
Watercolor, using the line and wash technique, is used by many artists to record scenes in sketch books, often while travelling. While many illustrations, such as the books by Beatrix Potter, use line and wash, it can also be used for creating beautiful fine art. I've been using this method for years to create my "little houses" series of paintings. Many can be seen on my website -
We'll use ink washes to create a landscape, then watercolor with ink on top and finish with an ink darwing with watercolor on top. The three separate workshops are all different.
Pastel is a very immediate medium, meaning that you don't have to use any tools, liquids or mixing pallets to create your painting. A pastel painting can be tight and controlled or loose and whimsical. I use both ways depending on my mood and the subject matter.
In this workshop I will show you how to create a pastel painting on traditional pastel paper, using a variety of techniques.
Next we will prepare our own support using a fine pumice gel medium and bristle brushes to create a textured background for a loose colorful pastel painting.
I will also show you how you can use watercolors, acrylics or pan pastels to create an under-painting as a base for a pastel painting and how you can use pastels to rescue a watercolor.
Oil Painting with a synthetic Brush
Painting with a soft synthetic brush gives you a smooth painting that can be as detailed as you like. In this workshop we will complete a still life that is drawn on the canvas before being painted. Don’ worry if you don’t know how to draw. There’s an easy trick for getting the picture to the canvas. We do use an odorless solvent with this method.
You can see the artwork of Barbara Pratt to see what this style looks like - Barbara Pratt
Acrylic Textured Background
In this workshop we’ll use modeling paste or gesso to give our canvas some texture then tone it with a warm wash before painting using acrylic paints thinned to a watery consistency and finished with some dry brushing.
See UK artist Sue Nichol for this watery technique - http://www.suenichol.com/