Friday, March 02, 2012

Sailboat techniques

                    Sailboat from Janet King's workshop, watercolor, 15x22

On February 1-3 I took a workshop from Janet King. Our first exercise was to paint using her chosen colors on her drawing of a sailboat. She had an interesting method of starting out; after drawing the subject on her paper, she wets the paper thoroughly and adds diluted yellow and pink randomly to the paper. After allowing this to dry you have subtle colors as an under painting and no stark whites. It seems to give the boat and water a glow without the glare of pure white. Following her instructions for the sailboat went pretty well the first day. The next day I tried to translate this method to children on the beach. I wasn't very successful, but then everything worth doing takes practice, and lots of it!

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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.