In this workshop, we will have fun creating textured, layered, complex backgrounds with a mixture of gesso and watercolor or liquid acrylics (your choice). Mixing media this way allows for really interesting effects in paintings. We will then work on turning these unique backgrounds into coherent paintings through the use of design, value, and negative painting techniques. Imagery is up to you -- the techniques work well with either abstract or representational styles.
This class is appropriate for anyone (beginner to advanced levels). Below are examples of paintings I created using the techniques taught in this class.
This workshop is designed for everyone to have fun creating semi-abstract nature paintings with a mixture of watercolor and liquid acrylics. We will create several 11x14 paintings: some using plants as a mask (see the first two images below) and some directly incorporating the plants into the painting in an archival manner (see the third image below for an example). In longer versions of this workshop, we can also use these techniques to create beautiful night sky paintings like the one on the far right.
We will be working on hot press watercolor paper as well as Claybord and Aquabord. Claybord and Aquabord are wonderful surfaces that allow for bright colors and special texture effects like you see in the examples. The techniques we learn in class, however, can also be used on regular watercolor paper, Yupo, and other surfaces.