Watercolor painting is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression.  This classic painting technique became mainstream back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and continues to be among the most popular painting methods.

What would it take for you to break through to a new level of watercolor painting? That’s what this workshop is all about.

No matter what level you are at in your painting journey, this workshop is for you. Working with the instructor’s exciting pouring technique, we will also concentrate on what you need to learn to advance your painting skills. The instructor will work with you personally to evaluate where you are and where you want to go with your painting.

Develop a new, personal painting style

Plenty of artists learn to copy the masters, however to be truly original and stand out you need to develop your own personal style. Learn how.

Learn how to use color logically

Probably the most challenging hurdle for new artists is learning to work with color. Learn to develop a course of action to creating your own color palette.

New ways of seeing values and shapes

From childhood we are trained to see object a certain way. But artists can learn to look at normal objects differently which enhances creativity.

Fix problem areas in your paintings

Artists are rarely satisfied with their work and always working to improve upon what they have created. Learn how to fix common problems or mistakes.

The Watercolors Breakthrough Course

This workshop will focus on experimental pouring techniques, using poured frisket, poured paint and traditional brushwork. Students will paint from their own resource materials at whatever size they want. DO NOT draw the piece beforehand – the drawing is done in two steps, both before and during the pouring process.

The key to the poured paintings is having the right subject matter. It will work best when done from photos or other pictures of close-up subjects, such as florals or leaves, in analogous colors. That’s why sunflowers work great (analogous yellows and greens), but red water lilies do not (red and green don’t mix in this class). See my notes on materials for more subject ideas.

The pouring process of the painting takes several steps. After sketching the basic shapes, frisket is poured to create movement in the piece. Then anywhere from 5-10 steps of mostly analogous colors are poured on before the frisket is removed.

The drawing is then redone in a tighter manner, sometimes changing the composition to fit what has happened with the pouring. Then, if needed, more colors are poured to remove some of the whites that the frisket left, and to add more interest in areas. Every painting is different, and part of the fun (and challenge) in the process is figuring out when to stop the pouring and proceed to brushwork.

After all the pours are completed, the painting is finished with traditional brushwork. In my case this usually means negative painting and working with a dramatic value scale. I decide where to keep white or lighter areas and begin to work from light to dark with the brush. Then after zapping in the darkest spaces, I work backwards to the lighter areas to finish the painting.

There may be a critique session later in the workshop, after the students have done their own poured painting.

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Past Course Attendees Say:

Not only are you a great artist, but a great teacher as well. You make it easy to understand what you are talking about. One thing I remember learning from you years ago at Artistry was about the bridge from one color to another. I use that all the time. I love your workshops!

Axie Frey,
Axie Frey,
Lafayette, IN
This was a great workshop. You challenged us to use our artistic judgments. Decisions that we, the artists, made for ourselves will be incorporated into our own work much more readily than cook booked suggestions.
Mary Lou Hall,
Mary Lou Hall,
Elizabethtown, KY
I have learned to approach my watercolors with more of a sense of adventure and wonder- what will happen next as a result of free form frisket and/or poured paint. Your demonstrations have been very helpful for me- to see you handle paint, water and brushes- adapting each to your technique.
Lanna Pendleton Hall
Lanna Pendleton Hall
Montpelier, OH
I was worried that I might not be able to keep up since I had not worked with watercolor before, but your method of teaching works well for both the experienced artist and the beginner.
Carole Akin
Carole Akin
Huntsville, AL