“Art stands on the shoulders of craft” says author, Ann Patchett. She goes on to explain that to get to the art you must master the craft. If you want to write, practice writing. This is true of drawing and painting as well. If you want to be a painter, practice painting.
I love painting fall leaves. This subject was added to my list of Watercolor Crash Course subjects a few years ago. October 06, at http://www.auburn.edu/opce Auburn University we will paint this leaf in one four hour class. If you’ve never picked up a brush and want to try painting, this class is for you. You don’t need any drawing skills, I’ve created a pattern for you. All the supplies and materials will be furnished on the day of class so you don’t have to invest in paints and brushes and paper. Basically, show up, with enthusiasm, and I’ll take it from there.
Register today http://www.auburn.edu/opce
I’ve continued to work on YUPO paper this summer and have found it becomes easier with practice, just like other things I’ve learned to do. This painting, Brook, is an imaginary scene and I did not start with a drawing as I usually do. YUPO is so forgiving…just erase the watercolor with a moist brush and start again.
Four hours in my class and you can take home this butterfly. Register now at http://www.columbusstate.edu/ce for September 15 class, 12:30-4:30.
An old house on the lake where I live inspired this painting.
Paint this seascape with the help of Brenda’s step by step demonstrations. This subject is one of twelve subjects in her WATERCOLOR CRASH COURSE! series. Learn how to mix all the colors for this painting using only red, yellow and blue. Amazing and Fun! You can do this in just four hours.
Yupo for watercolor is the surface I’ve been working on since Christmas. I started making Christmas cards with it and had so much fun I decided to try a larger painting. If you want to catapult yourself out of your comfort zone, Yupo takes “happy little accident” to a whole new level. Its smooth, water resistant surface is quite the challenge. The water doesn’t soak in, it has to evaporate, and taking dry paint back to the white of the paper is so easy it’s hard to avoid doing it. Camellia on Yupo, 14 x 11.
Personal expression, not the ability to copy a photograph, should be the goal of all visual artists. Do my paintings have spirit, emotion, a narrative? I think these are better questions to ask myself. If someone says of my work, “I like that, it looks just like a photograph”, while I appreciate the intended compliment, I feel I’ve missed my mark.
Three classes at Auburn University this summer; two watercolor, one drawing, and they are all one day classes. Check out my Schedule of Classes from the above menu and read a description of each class.