In the Footsteps of Sargent: Learning to Paint Watercolors From Light to Dark
Instructor: Michael Weymouth
Day: Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th (two-day workshop)
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm (both days)
Cost:Members $225 | Non-Members $250
There are many ways to paint a watercolor, from wet-on-wet to dry brush, where every detail is carefully rendered with a small brush. I am more a fan of the John Singer Sargent approach to watercolor, which is best described as “spontaneously attacking the paper,” but with a well-thought out strategy in hand that maximizes watercolor’s transparency to achieve the desired affect. If you look at a Sargent watercolor, you can often see his plan of attack, which I assume became second nature to him the more he painted: loose pencil drawing; light colors down first, let them dry; next the slightly darker colors, let them dry and moving step-by-step to the final darkest strokes, all the while being sure to preserve the whites. Beginning watercolorists often find this layering approach frustrating, but only because they haven’t envisioned or planned out the layers it takes to achieve the end result. I waste little time with color exercises and discussions about technique in my workshop and instead leap right into painting where everything comes into play all at once, for it is one’s ability to control the “accident” of watercolor that is the real achievement.
Plus it takes a bit of faith that things will turn out right.
One inch or ¾” square-ended brush
One fine brush for detail
Paint, ideally in tubes, not wedges in travel palettes:
Cad yellow medium
Multiple deep-well plastic palette for making large washes. Richeson makes them
Paper: I will supply the paper: 20”x30” 300lb Arches hot press at cost (about $15 per sheet) or attendees can buy their own, to be cut into quarters. Paintings in the workshop will be done on 10” x 15” sheets
Water container, the larger the better.