Today's high was 15 degrees. Classes began for me this week, which I look forward to so much. Many students are becoming accomplished watercolorists. I love seeing how much they're growing and how individual and personal each person's work is. The critique at the end of class is a revelatory time. We're learning to paint lace during this session and it seems to be tougher than I thought. I'll have to think of ways to present this topic .....
I created this painting from a series of photographs that I took early one Sunday morning while driving through Martinsburg, WV. This large teddy bear of a man was sound asleep on some concrete steps, oblivious to the waking world around him. He looked comfortable, peaceful and at rest. I felt like this might make a good portrait of social incongruities: the large man might look threatening but at this moment, he was a gentle giant. The night is turning into day, the dark into light and the otherwise cold world of glass reflections and stone make a fine resting place.
Classes Start this week--there are still some openings -- call right away! Round Hill, Virginia (Loudoun County): Round Hill Arts Center 540-338-5050 for registration Thursday Evenings, 7:00 - 9:20 p.m. Friday Mornings, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Build the bones of good watercolor technique. Most classes begin with demonstrations and every class ends with a confidence building critique. Compose and design better paintings. Use color like a professional!
Weekly classes will continue through 2009.
Also coming to Orange, Virginia, March 21-22: The Famous Flower Power Workshop for Beginners and Intermediates The Arts Center 540-672-7311 for registraton 129 E. Main, P.O. Box 13, Orange, VA 22960
Learn how to paint vibrant realistic florals in watercolors! The instructor will demonstrate how to paint several types of flowers and leaves during Saturday morning; Sunday will include demonstrations on glass. Students will work with real flowers and learn how to create their own masterpiece.
Back in Winchester, by popular demand, Starting March 31: Weekly Watercolor Classes at Shenandoah University Hinkle Hall Call Jo Miller at 540-665-5442 for registration Continue to develop strong skills in watercolor painting. Learn how to design and compose a good piece from beginning to end.