Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Aztec Floral

Mix in an Unexpected Design Element

A few years ago I was asked to return and teach my third watercolor workshop in Alexandria, MN. This time the president asked me to stay with her. She was a gourmet cook and after my morning walk , she treated me to lemon pancakes with a blackberry glaze. I think this painting in a similar palette was influenced by their “lighter than air-melt in your mouth” flavor. The flowers resemble a pancake with a yellow center. The glaze compares to the the warm background oozing into the geometric patterns. It was exciting to work with the group  of painters who had  a wide variety of experience.

In Aztec Floral, we studied the difference between organic and geometric shape and then worked to connect them. Organic shapes, made from nature, are usually irregular with a curvy flow to them. Geometric shapes are man made, highly organized, and recognizable such as a circle, square, rectangle, oval, etc. I felt that this was most effective at the bottom of the painting. The big overall shape of the flowers and leaves were very interesting.


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Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN | March 27-29 Friday 11am-9pm | Saturday 9am- 6pm | Sunday 10am- 5pm
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2020 Workshops Schedule

With Instructor Ellen Jean Diederich TWSA, RRWS, WSA

Building Transparent Layers in Watercolor

Workshop Tuesday-Friday April 14-17 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND

2-Day Flower Painting Workshop

Workshop Minneapolis – April 30 – May 1 9:30-3:30 p.m.

Acrylic Landscape Painting

Workshop June 2-5 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND

Beginning Watercolor Workshop

Workshop July 21-24 9:00-3:30 p.m. Fargo, ND


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