Studio, schmudio. When my daughter moved out of the house a number of years ago, I quickly snapped up her room and made it my space for art stuff. It sure beats painting on the dining room table. The focal point is a big old wooden drawing table that accommodates all my painterly needs. I have shelves to hold my hundreds of personal reference slides and 53 art books I looked through but never read and the 3 books I have read. To the right of my drawing table is 1 of 2 file cabinets on top of which sits a small TV for entertainment. The other file cabinet contains the morgue (old photos, etc. of birds and mammals), file folders with art show prospectuses, applications and rejection letters.
The ultimate feature in this room, ouch! I mean Studio,is the sink. It's a long, old fashion farm sink, large enough to wash down a half sheet of watercolor paper. It beats walking down the hall from the bathtub to that dining room table dribbling water as I go. My point is, watercolor doesn't require barn size space or a menagerie of materials. Kudos if you have a dedicated room but I have friends who paint in their basement, attic, garage, kitchen table and yes, dining room table. Your space is what it is. The important thing is that you paint!
I offer both Beginner and Intermediate classes in transparent watercolor. Click Workshops above for an overview of each. Select SCHEDULE from the menu bar at the top of the page for the dates and locations of upcoming classes.
A basic materials list is available by clicking onto Materials List above.
Let me preface by saying, much of the energy I get for painting comes from my students. In my junior year of high school, my guidance counselor did his best to encourage me to pursue a career in art education. My reply to him was I wanted to "do", not teach. It was the only subject I felt I was good at and I wanted to see my endeavors in the public eye. In my later years, to help support my business financially, I chose to give a workshop. The enthusiasm of those students building on something I was able to share with them came back to me tenfold. Thanks Frank. That said, I thought I'd try watercolor lessons on line at WoodsWindnWater. This will give you an idea of my approach to painting with watercolor and hopefully entice you to participate in one of my workshops. Click on either picture below to view the demonstration.
I live by the adage given to me years ago; "Watercolor painting is 90% thought and 10% execution". If drawing is your weakness, practice or enroll in a drawing class near you. Your painting will be only as good as the drawing. Your drawing is the painting's foundation forming the shapes and boundaries of color. Sketch little things like a coffee cup, a shoe, a piece of fruit, etc. The best thing you can do for yourself when approaching art is to study your subject. Draw it repeatedly, at eye level, bird' eye view, turn it's direction, put it in direct sunlight and then backlight. You want to be aware of the changes in shadows caused by the direction of the light source. Practice, practice, practice!