Friday, November 11, 2011

Watercolor Weekend Day 1: Tom Jones

Last night was my first class at Art of the Carolinas 2011.  I took a watercolor painting workshop with artist Tom Jones.  What a wonderful teacher- patient, low-key, encouraging, generous. 

This class met at Jerry's Art-a-Rama, and the demo station had a mirror to show the class what the instructor was doing.  For people like me with directional problems, it was somewhat disconcerting to see him painting in reverse.  But that's okay.  He walked around with his in-progress painting often.

Everything was provided for this workshop except for our brushes and palette.  He gave us the paint, and gifted each of us with a spray bottle that sprays dots instead of fine mist.  Our paper was 300-lb Arches Bright White.  I have never used that before- a very heavy paper that does not curl when wet.  I loved it...and probably can't afford it!

The class was full and everyone produced a very nice painting in their own style.

Here is mine!  I am very happy!

Mountain Barn, Jeanne McBrayer, 2011

This afternoon is my class with Karlyn Holman on Painting Colorful Boats.  I am looking forward to being in her class again. 

Here is the description:  

 Paint these colorful boats from Vernazza, Italy on this unique surface. You will be provided with a pre-drawn sketch of these boats, stretched onto a wooden frame. Paint this image and then add a spray of acrylic and frame your finished painting like an oil painting. This lesson is an abstract composition, as well as, an on location scene. The interlocking shapes and bright colors form a strong design that is exciting to paint. Join the fun and take home a finished painting on canvas.

Each student will be provided with a printed image on canvas, stretched on a stretcher. Bring your favorite watercolor paints and brushes.

If you live in the Raleigh area and have any need for paints, paper, brushes, or instructional materials, the Trade Show in the North Raleigh Hilton is free and has some great deals, plus lots of famous painters on hand doing demos.

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