White Bear Center for the Arts
4971 Long Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN (map)


Color & Design in Watercolor
September 23-25, 2021
Central Minnesota Watercolorists
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Lisa’s step by step process will put you at ease as you learn how to loosen up and feel confident in approaching a watercolor painting. Learn how to paint a realistic watercolor landscape painting from the planning stages to completion while focusing on the design principles. Lisa will also show you how to fix and finish old paintings that you feel have not been successful. Personal critiques will help guide you through the process with ease.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Northern Woods Watercolor

Start with these reference images:

Start at the top of the page with blue hues, adding water as you progress down the page. Indicate the horizon line with some burnt sienna and yellow ochre. Look at your value study and leave the light values by adding water in that area. Let dry.

Now add the evergreen tree, paying attention to the negative and positive shapes that you will be creating. Use yellow and blue hues: lighter values in the background, more intense as you come forward. Anchor the tree shapes with shadows. Shadows tell the viewer if the land is flat or rough. Soften edges in the background. Let dry.

Our last wash will consist of putting in the foreground trees. The trunks of the trees are thicker at the base. Then take the side of a credit card and scratch out the light side of the tree. Add branches and twigs. Darken your foreground value to lead the viewer's eye into the picture plane.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Itasca State Park Watercolor

Start with these reference images:

Our first wash is going to consist of putting in the local hues in the composition. Starting with the background, indicate the sky area and continue along the foreground foliage.
Continue down the page indicating the water areas and the land areas. Using ultramarine blue and burnt sienna, show the rock area. While the pigment is still wet, lay a piece of wax paper over the pigment and let dry. When you remove the wax paper you will have some interesting textures.

Now we will be using our middle range values - same colors as above, but more pigments and less water. Show some tree forms and shapes in the background area. Paint the evergreen tree in the foreground and add some grasses. Paint negatively on some of the rock forms, softening the edges as you go. Glaze over the water while leaving some areas of your first wash showing through. Let dry.

Our last wash will consist of our darker values (use sparingly). Indicate a couple of tree forms in the far background, and show a shadow side to the evergreen tree. Use a credit card to scratch out some grasses growing in the water and on land. Using a scrubber brush, bring back some of the light on the top of the rocks. Show a reflection in the water from the evergreen tree.