Last weekend was the WSO fall convention. The exhibit was at the rouge art center in downtown Medford. A club a lot like the OSA. I was happy to get a piece into the show. The juror was Linda Baker. She does a variety of subjects in a poured technique. She is an excellent artist and presenter and did a very nice job all around, I thought. The convention center was fine, and the weather great. I took a side trip to the cowboy town of Jacksonville and took a few reference photos. I had a good time and picked up some art tips.the next one is mod April.
This one was done at the WSO convention last weekend. We were planning on painting the farmers market, but that didn't work out so we did this. The Medford elks club.15x22"
I was going for really deep darks. This is 300 lb arches paper. 15x22"
This is a class demo from the OSA Tuesday watercolor class.
This is our first lesson for the new season. I chose a basic landscape and tonal pallet because I wanted to keep the techniques simple. The skills I focused on are, painting a graded wash, for the sky and what John Ruskin calls the "confusion mode" which is what we did when painting the leaves of the trees. We used a photo from the Sandy Delta Park where there are many of these tree and field scenes. I stayed pretty true to the scene , the only major change I made is adding the figure under the tree on the right. We did a value study in charcoal first and then followed the same steps to create the painting. We used only blue and brown for the whole thing except for a tiny bit of red in the figures face and arms.
Timberline Lodge is such an amazing and singular place and I have spent so many wonderful days there and on Mt Hood that I have often thought about doing a workshop there. I am putting it out there for this October. I don’t need any firm commitments right now but it would be great if you would let me know if you like the idea. email@example.com.
Thursday and Friday October 9-10 Timberline Lodge Paint out with Steve Kleier Timberline lodge is located 60 miles east of Portland on the south side of MT Hood at about 6000 feet. It is a fine example of alpine lodge architecture with big timbers and huge stone fireplace. From there are unobstructed views of MT Hood as well as short walks to alpine meadows. I have painted there many times and now I would like to share it with you so I have planned an overnight paint out to this special place.The interior of the lodge is a fantastic space with tall ceilings, handcrafted stone and wood as well as paintings and crafts. Outdoors the crater and snowfields of MT Hood dominates the view. These will be our subjects. $190 includes overnight double occupancy at the lodge, 2 demonstrations and individual instruction. For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This demonstration uses color to capture the effect of light raking across this old townhouse
These next three photos show a lesson on using a pallet knife to scrape rock shapes into watercolor. The key here is timing, if you scrape to soon the paint runs back and you get a darker area, which is fine if that is what you want. Of you wait to long the paint is already dry and there is virtually no effect.
This is a copy of a Ferdinand Petrie painting done as a demonstration from his "how to book" written by Wendon Blake. The lesson was on painting with a tonal pallet. That is, just two colors, a warm and a cool. Be creative and try different combinations.
This one was made from a photo I took at Tulum, Mexico. I thoroughly enjoy touring ruins and so painting them requires a certain detachment. Really not much depth in this one. The castle stands out against a blue sky and all our attention is focused on that.