Thank you for spending two days with 23 Guild members and helping them grow into more disciplined, creative artists.
Thank you for making us all feel welcome and at home by having each of us introduce ourselves and describe where we were in our journey as artists.
Thank you for being patient with each of us as you went from table to table guiding us in our individual work. Yes, there are many different levels of skill in the class. You had a daunting job trying to reach each of us as individual artists who are trying to improve and master this difficult and sometimes unforgiving medium.
Thank you for teaching us to “plan.” You told us that before we pick up a brush we need to do a small sketch with a black pencil, decide on the colors we will use, write them on the sketch, and then transfer this sketch to our larger expensive paper. We watched you do this when you began your painting the first day and we saw the light pencil lines you drew the second day on another painting.
Thank you for giving us lots of time to do this so we have an appreciation of how important drawing is.
It was an intense two days. I have often heard the quote, “Imitate the Masters.” Bill, in my book you are one of the Master’s alongside Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and John Pike.
It is with sadness to tell you that Troy Weidenheimer passed away in September after a long battle with cancer. Troy was kind enough to do a workshop for us last fall despite his failing health. Not only did we learn a lot about art from him, but much about his life as a modern Renaissance man who studied science, was a speech writer, and played and taught music professionally, even becoming friends with the famed Jerry Garcia.
He was a kind, intelligent and talented man that will be missed by many.
1) Lou Haney of Second Street Gallery writes: Join Molly Herman, one of the exhibiting artists in the forthcoming Second Street Gallery exhibition, “Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell,” for an Abstract Watercolor Painting Workshop. This hands-on workshop will take place at Common House on June 6 from 7-9 pm. (Note: this is a 21+ event)
Participants will learn about Joan Mitchell, a leading Second Generation Abstract Expressionist painter, as well as explore their own creative ideas in this class. Attendees will mine their own remembered and special landscapes and express them abstractly in a watercolor painting. You will be encouraged to experiment with new materials and ways of mark making.
$10 materials fee, FREE for members of Common House. Ages 21+ only please.
2) Donna Brune writes: Two Rivers Art Workshops is sponsoring two workshops with Tom Lynch in late June. They will be in Fredericksburg at the Clarion Hotel on Rte. 17, just before the I 95 exits. The first workshop is a 4 day studio workshop, June 24-27 and the cost is $500. I plan to go with a friend but will arrive the 23rd. I don’t want to deal with Mon. morning traffic or any morning traffic in that area. The second is a 3 day plein air workshop from June 29-July 1. The cost for that workshop is $300. Rates at the Clarion Hotel are reasonable especially if you are old enough for the senior rate and/or have a Choice Hotel membership (easy to get).
Anyone who signs up for the studio workshoponly and uses my name as a buddy will get 5 sheets of Gemini 300 lb. watercolor paper. You can even sign up without my name but bring a friend and you both will get the 5 free watercolor sheets. What a deal! That paper is worth $100 and is more than you will need for the studio workshop. I have attached a flyer–Tom Lynch Flyer–about the workshop from the workshop coordinator Janice Jones.
Thank you to CVWG member, Julie Read for sharing her techniques for using alternate materials for masking on paintings. Included with this posting are Julie’s recipe for “Jungle Juice”, information on other masking techniques as well as Julie’s upcoming workshops to learn more about what she shared in May’s demonstration to our group.
Twenty two guild members participated in a Workshop “ The essence of the Blue Ridge Mountains” taught by Peg Sheridan, May 7-8-9, 2019.
The class began with short introductions and self evaluation of how well we thought we painted, beginner, intermediate, mmmm ???, or advanced intermediate. Then Peg told us about herself and her life as a scientist, a wildlife biologist, (looking for snowy Owls) a mother, a teacher, and a watercolor artist of 37 years.
The first day we learned about aerial perspective. We painted mountains with different blues and a tiny bit of Burnt Siena to create grey and also used a miracle ingredient, white gauche. We used this to create the mist, the fog, that so often creeps in over the Blue Ridge mountains.
The second day we painted rocks and water. We learned lots of techniques to enhance and give texture to our rocks; salt, saran rap, tin foil, and scrapping with a credit card. Creating believable waterfalls was a bit more of a challenge. We again learned to use quache and worked at making believable waterfalls. Spattering makes the tiny little sparkles that causes foaming water look so real.
The third day we learned how to create the feel of misty mountains —-to create mood. This is done with granulating colors, mixing red, blue and yellow.
Planning your painting with a value study is key to creating a masterpiece, Peg told us. And she told us over and over to “buy quality paper. Her favorite is Arches.
Peg gave us all wonderfully written instructions and marvelous demonstrations. Thank you Peg for an inspirational three days!
Are you ready to learn new skills in watercolor? Join me in a class or workshop. Attached is the registration form for “Night Scenes in Watercolor”, which will take place near you, in Waynesboro, on March 13. If you can’t make that, I have also attached my other class offerings between now and May. Don’t wait too long to register, as my classes often sell out, with a waiting list.