february 26

Welcome watercolor painters, I hope you had an enjoyable week.

homework review

The homework assignment was to paint a second more muted imaginative background, and to add subject matter to that background.

Good job with those imaginative backgrounds!

Here are some imaginative examples of  ‘added detail to the mouth area’  in last weeks eye training sketch: good job Deb, Dick and Dori!  (clap! – clap! – clap!)


 Get out your nicest quill pen and put on your nicest long sleeve shirt (rings and bracelets are OK) Place your adorned non writing hand in front of you on the table holding a pen or pencil and sketch it. Don’t copy the image example below, it’s just there to show you what I mean. Remember to hold very still and don’t move your reference hand until you are done sketching. Do your best to observe and capture the subtleties that make your hand look like a hand.


(send your completed sketch to my email address above, sometime before Thursday) 


Valerie was reminded of an old colledge book titled Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. She found something she had underlined that was helpful to her, here it is: “The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make a small fraction of your artwork soar. One of the basic and difficult lessons every artist learns is that even the failed pieces are essential…. The point is that you learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art. The best you can do, is to make art you care about -and lots of it!”  Thank you Valerie for sharing that with us today.

Here are some of the results from our inventive background exercize:


Get out a medium size dish or similar sized round object -needed to trace a circle on your watercolor paper. We are going to practice creating smooth color transitions in the background (a very dark to light blue gradation) while painting and easy nigh time scene as demonstrated by Ghanashyam Sonowal -also known as David. Remember to pre-wet your circle and to use strong color. (CLICK HERE)


(send your completed painting to my email address above, sometime before Thursday) 


Identify the least used color on your palette (excluding black and white) and paint a monochromatic harbor scene. Use the following video demonstration by SVVA Jewels as your reference. Feel free to create your own unique harbor scene. (CLICK HERE)


(send your completed painting to my email address above, sometime before Thursday) 


Have a great week everyone!   -Robert

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