Capturing the Light and Layers in Watercolor
Instructor: Marla Greenfield
Day: Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm (both days)
Cost: Members $230 | Non-Members $250
In this workshop, we will explore the wonderful and unique qualities of watercolor, reinforcing techniques that let the paints do what they do best. We will experiment with allowing the paints to blend on the paper and use underpainting and subsequent glazing/layering to achieve luminous results. We will also examine the importance of value and learn how to generate rich darks, creating a sense of light that makes a painting pop. We will learn how to break the process down into manageable steps. We will also discuss the importance of “learning to see”, the challenges of the creative process and developing tools to bring our work to the next level. A photographic reference will be used and sent out ahead of time along with a supply list. Some watercolor experience is suggested.
I am drawn to watercolors because of the transparency and luminosity I can achieve with them. I paint primarily to depict the beauty of light and the delicacy of the medium enables me to capture the range of variations in value and color that light reveals, from striking to subtle. The objects themselves are primarily an excuse to paint the light that plays off their surfaces.
For me, light is often defined by the absence of paint, the white of the paper, offset by rich shadow shapes and a wide range of values. I start wet into wet, allowing the colors merge and bleed beautifully on the paper, letting the paints do what they do best. I use numerous glazes to produce rich darks. The luminosity of the paint allows earlier layers to show through, revealing an exceptional glow. I often like to zoom in on my subjects, producing intimate portraits, closely drawing the viewer in. These include florals, still lifes, interiors, doorways and windows. I paint things that I find beautiful, situations I find peaceful and calming. I wish to bring those feelings to the viewer.