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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Watermedia Demonstration in Cincinnati

Yesterday,I was honored to be asked to do a watercolor demonstration for the Cincinnati Watercolor Society.  My friend Rose and I left early in the a.m. and arrived in Cincinnati around 9:15 a.m.

The program director for the society, Rhonda Carpenter, has a wonderful explanation of the process, with pictures of the demonstration on her blog.  Thank you, Rhonda!  If you are interested, you can check this out at www.rhcarpenter.blogspot.com.

We had a wonderful time visiting with the members and appreciated the invitation. It is always a treat spending time with artists!  It was a great day!


RH Carpenter said...

I know of at least 2 of us who are trying this technique, Barb; and I'll let you know how it turns out :) Thanks again - you were super and had so many of the members engaged and asking questions (which, I hope, means they will try this, too!).

RH Carpenter said...

I forgot one question: does this technique work best when the palette is not too varied - like your pink peony or your green hostas = not a lot of variety in colors so you don't get muddy colors? Also, do you always mask around every object when you do this? Thanks!

Barb Sailor said...

Now that I really consider your question, I would say "yes!" - it is easier, that is for sure. I have used a variety of colors, but most of the time I stick to family related colors. I have often used greens with floral tones, though,where there are leaves in the background, and the reds/picks ran into the background and the greens into the reds/pinks. The painting at the top of my other blog, www.barbarasailor.blogspot.com, "Watercolor in the Village", is an example of pouring with complementary colors. You just need to be cautious and not overdue the mixture of pigments. I have found that a little bit adds a lot of interest to the mix - as in the orange lily painting where the oranges were also in the blue background. The more conceptual I want to be,(to emphasize the process, the more I mask around everything.
I hope this makes some sense.

Barb Sailor said...

I will be really happy if people try this. I love the process! Let me know!