I like to get together with others to paint - whether in a workshop, painting class, or just with friends. There is an energy I just don't get when working alone. Interested to hear from several students about their experience working in this beginning painting group, I asked for and got great feedback from two experienced artists and teachers about how the group process worked for them:
In retrospect, both decided it was pretty helpful to start at the beginning and learn about their particular set-ups, including pigments, papers, brushes, etc., first. Going on to learn various techniques helped them create the transparent, fresh results they recognized as watercolor's strengths. Both felt watercolor was frustrating initially, but were seeing better results as they became more familiar with their own materials and gained more confidence with handling the paint. See a few examples (with their permission!) below.
From my point of view as their 'coach', I have watched everyone's success grow each week from many aspects - but these are key points: learning water control, gaining familiarity with their own pigments, seeing how technique choices made a difference, and water control - yep, will say it twice!
Mixing several pigments on the paper, then scraping out paint to build shapes resulted in a fresh little field scene - Margo. — at Artline Studio, Chewelah, WA.
Group project - The Boat!
For this project, a composite was built from the reference photos and lots of decision making regarding placement and color choices. Margo masked the boat and wave lines below - beautiful rendering.
Thelma discovered the freedom of letting water move paint around for her in the very effective background in this composite project. Never considering herself a 'free' painter, this was an epiphany for her! Masking took some time, but gave her the freedom to apply a wet in wet background. Identifying the need for more information, she added a moorage post — at Artline Studio, Chewelah, WA.
It was interesting that everyone chose to place their boats in the same quadrant of the painting, although each boat had a different finish!
Come and join us - we are having lots of fun!