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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Confident Color Workshop was a blast!

I had a great time in Ft. Lauderdale last week. This workshop for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society is on my list of all-time favorites! The weather was fantastic--80s and sunny. Thanks to Teresa Kirk for running a great workshop and to Jennifer Kellum who handled the lunch logistics (important job!) to perfection and also to class members who kept the snack table filled to overflowing with caloric goodies.
Here's a link to some of the color sketches the artists did on the second day.
People playing with myriads of color ideas and subjects to paint with their watercolors is so energizing. The workshop (20 people) began with a review of basics (split-primary color mixing)and it was surprising to find many hadn't learned--or didn't remember--this simple, important method of avoiding mud in color mixing. Then we spent one day each on color harmony triads, color contrasts, color schemes, and painting light effects in color. On Tuesday night I gave a PowerPoint presentation for the Gold Coast Watercolor Society. This program shows how 30-plus artists in Confident Color use color creatively in different media, including graphic design, fibers, and mixed media.

GCWS has a fantastic facility for both workshops and demos. March 19-23 they are sponsoring Dave Daniels, a terrific artist and teacher who is a colorist supreme and not to be missed.
Gold Coast Watercolor Society brochure
Dave Daniels Web site

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Keep Eyes Open for Georgia Mansur!

This Australian artist is creating a whirlwind in the watermedia world. She has a custom palette just released from Daniel Smith and when you see her gorgeous artwork on her Web site you'll want to know more about the international workshops posted on her site. Oh, and don't forget to look up her article on painting large scale acrylic landscapes in February Australian Artist magazine. You can download a pdf file of the article from her Web site. Go, Georgia, Go! I hope our paths cross some time when you're in the U.S.A.

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