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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pen and Ink with Watercolor Workshop at Rehoboth Art League: Plants and Flowers

Classroom is set up and ready for students to arrive!
End of Class Group Photo - Happy Students showing their Favorite work of the day!

The second of my two workshops at Rehoboth Art League was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. This one focused on drawing plants and flowers and, after a morning of drawing and painting exercises they were ready to jump in and capture the essence of the the ones I brought for them to observe. I love these classes! I say this every time, but I am always amazed at what they can accomplish with just a few simple exercises that prove to them they can do it and best of all, that they don't have to be perfect! 

The most important thing you can bring to any class is the desire to do it and it is no different in an art class! I must admit there are some people naturally inclined with some innate, natural born talent, but the truth is not many of my students (if any!) have the goal of becoming the next Picasso and all they want to do is have fun sketching the world around them and making art. 

It can be frustrating to a beginner who never learned how to hold a brush, load it with paint and mix colors so it's good to take workshops like this. I try to impart whatever knowledge I have gained through my years of study and practice. The smiles on their faces and the pride in their work is the greatest reward I am given at the end of a workshop.

Here's my Photo Essay of our Day, with captions as needed. They tried drawing first and then adding watercolor and then, painting first and adding inked lines later. Two ways of doing it and there were probably as many students that preferred one way over the other, but all seemed to enjoy the process!

If an image seems cut off, click on it to view the full photo. 

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Painted first, then added line work

Drawn first, then added watercolor

(same as above, earlier in the process) Drawn first, then adding watercolor to the drawing

Painting first, she added her inked lines later

Watercolor of Pink and Green plant

Working on journals, quietly focused! 

Bottom, sketched with paintbrush,  top drawing the plant first.

So graphic! I believe she draw first and then added watercolor, but can you tell?

Walking around the room, admiring each other's work!

Upside-down Drawing from "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards

Wet on Wet and Wet on Dry exercises with watercolors

Pen and Ink with Watercolor at Rehoboth Art League: Fruit and Vegetables

Rehoboth Art League invited me to do two workshops in the month of February. The First was on  February 11, 2017 - Learning to draw with pen and ink, with a focus on Fruits and Veggies. The second, with a focus on Plants and Flowers. 

The photos that follow were taken during the first workshop. Most of my students are complete beginners, never having done anything like this before or very little. I am always astonished at what they are able to achieve after doing a few simple exercises and playing with colors! I think the photos are self explanatory but have added captions where I felt it was necessary. Enjoy! (Note: if a photo looks cut off, click on it for the full image)

Learning to mix colors using the primaries of red, yellow and blue - especially greens!

Playing with mixing colors in an abstract design.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sketchers Delaware

Fellow sketch enthusiasts and artists Niki Rose Chester, Rebecca Howell and Vivienne Cameron from New Castle County, Jan Crumpley from Kent and myself and Morgan Golladay from Sussex, have formed a group to encourage others to come out and sketch on location with us and then share what they've done with each other and online. Our intention is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.

Sketchers Delaware is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to fostering a community of artists in the First State who practice on-location drawing.

We are considering whether we want to form an official Delaware Chapter of Urban Sketchers* but at any rate, we plan on offering Sketch Crawl Events on the second Sunday of every month in each of the 3 counties of Delaware, alternating among them, searching out interesting locations that offer a variety of sketching opportunities.

Oh! And by the way, there’s no fee to join, no meetings to attend, no major commitment except to come out and sketch with us and have fun! 

*Urban Sketchers is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-location drawing. Their mission is to raise the artistic, storytelling and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel. For more information, visit their website:http://www.urbansketchers.org/