Simple Variations are Expressive
“Origin” was started during my “Painting Flowers in Watercolor Workshop” in order to emphasize the importance of leaves. I had no idea I would like this painting so much, but all I did is concentrate on the sketch and select what I wanted to paint. I also took a break and finished it later.
Leaves are probably the most abused subject matter by painters, especially in flower paintings. Painting those beautiful blooms may be our goal but they also have leaves and stems. The viewer will notice how we deal with them. We need to keep our attention when making decisions about how we will paint all parts of a subject. The difference is love. Often a symbol is chosen as a short cut on parts found less interesting.
Symbolic leaves might look like this:
Sometimes I ask….”You didn’t want to paint those leaves, did you?” The truth is, they probably didn’t. You do not have to paint in every detail of something until you are bored to death… you simply need to slow down and select a few details to accent, connect some shapes, and vary sizes and value. Of course, this all gets easier with experience. I have done my share of bad leaf paintings too.
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Building Your Center of Interest
January 5-7 | 10am – 1pm – This class is for ANY medium
You can still get the $30.00 Early Bird Special when you register by December 28th. Live online classes are listed under events NOT under my workshop link where you log in for video courses. You will need to have finished at least one painting before taking this class and experienced painters are welcome too. We will practice using value contrast and warm and cool colors to develop the interest area. You can literally take this class with a drawing pencil, paper, crayons, magic markers and a little watercolor paint “recommended” would add even more fun! You will plan paintings to paint with confidence! Send in samples “anonymously” and I will help you work on problems! We all learn together! My online assistant is terrific and will help us communicate! You also get access to the video afterwards to review the lesson as often as you like!
My website has a new Video section. Click Workshops and see what classes are available online.
You can log in, start, stop and/or play again any video simply by logging back in!
This video shows you how:
I even have a beginning watercolor video for kids!
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To gift a workshop: Know the amount for the workshop and only pay for it with the workshop Gift Card found under Gallery in my workshop. The gift card provides a code needed for the student to log in to watch the video as often as they’d like.
Feel free to call me at 701-799-9505 with any questions.