Friday, March 30, 2012
“I am always in search of the Ultimate Cafe!”-
Fast Track Watercolor Workshop
By Gordon Meggison
8 people maximum, 4 people minimum
Itinerary- May 12 Saturday (9:45am) 10 am -5:30 pm
This work shop is a one day watercolor workshop designed to rev up your watercolor skills to the next level. It is designed for the student who has had at least some experience, not necessarily advanced, so that by the end of the day we can have a couple of small 10”x 14” watercolors ( or size of your choice ) and some exercises that give your watercolors a boost , with important principle skills that will apply to every watercolor painting you do in the future.
(Some aspects of this rough itinerary are subject to change as we progress depending on the timing of each event.)
Arrive: 9:45 am to set up 6 people maximum, 4 people minimum
10:00 am -Demonstration -Abstract- which lends itself to include color theory, composition, drawing, that highlights the application skills such as brush control, washes, wet on wet, specialty techniques, moving toward learning the basic and important ways to achieve luminosity and richness in your work, while creating a charming abstraction.
11:00 am Exercise- Students will do the brief exercise from demo reference
12:00 - 1:30am- lunch Demo at restaurant, it is designed to be a precursor for taking your art out of the studio, we will eat at a local restaurant with the Gordon Meggison ( Restaurant location TBD, possibly European Street Cafe , Pizza Palace, or Taverna to create a european “In Search of the Ultimate Cafe” experience! ( restaurant choice is subject to availability).
1:45 pm- return toReddi Arts- DEMO of easel watercolor painting to use wet on wet techniques to create rich soft luminous compelling paintings. (working from photo)
2:30 - 5:00pm -Students will begin to paint (1-2) from the demo to recreate the same effect with guidance. (working from photo provided by Gordon Meggison)
5:00 pm-5:30pm- wrap up, and a discussion re-examining everything covered for the day, and a group photo.
Paint - Winsor & Newton Pro grade is best , It is more expensive but with less fillers and richer color, or Holbein paints (14 ) Preferred Palette-Colors - Cadmium Red, Rose Madder, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue , Indigo, Horizon Blue, Olive Green, Hookers Green, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange , Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Bismuth Yellow,
(NOTE: If $ Cost is a real problem we can make most (7) colors from: Rose Madder, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Burnt umber, Burnt sienna, Yellow ochre, Cobalt Blue)
Pallet pan - Medium size folding plastic palette
140lb Cold Pressed Arches Watercolor Paper Block suggested size 10”x 14”
Optional -Inexpensive (8x11 practice watercolor pad for sketches )
Brushes - #12 Sable, (that comes to a point not too cheap not too expensive) 1" Nylon Synthetic or Hake Brush (Japanese Brush for washes), get a pkg with a range of bright whites rounds and flats mixed, a one inch flat bright white should be there. (get a brush holder folding cloth too.
Low adhesion masking tape painters style 1" or drafting tape
Semi coarse salt in a small shaker
Flat 3” X 5” kitchen sponge (not the kind with coarse scrub texture on backside)
Plastic water cup for cleaning ( make sure it has a stable base)
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
I wanted to update and simplify my materials list, these items can be purchased at local art supply stores or you can go to the banner ad I have placed here and look for these items at very reasonable prices online at Blick.
Here are two still lifes I did recently ("Life as a Bowl of Cherries " SOLD immediately), and "Taking Time For Tea and Croissant" are hanging to date at Biscotti's restaurant in Avondale Jacksonville.
Burnt umber, burnt sienna, naples yellow, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium orange, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, large tube zinc white
Set of white nylons brushes -Flats #12,#4, #2, and Filbert#4,#2, a Whale tale steel palette knife, Gamblin refined linseed oil, Gamblin Gamsol pure odorless mineral spirits, some 8X8" Ray mar Boards to paint on or some (small of your choice canvases or canvas boards will do,
Paper palette tablet for mixing, a color wheel,
A small oil tub and brush cleaning bottle with a coil in it for thinner, paper towels or rags.
We are up to our snozzes at JCA in tulips to learn the soft watercolor blending techniques that flowers require to achieve delicacy and "luminosity", that's the key word here. We don't want to over work a watercolor- "Less is more"! seen up close is student Arlene Shapiro as she is progressing at a lightening pace as we practice these tulips. I am very encouraged. She gets the blending needed to create the undulating curves. Here is a close up of her tulips, of which we are both proud.
WATERCOLORS: We are looking forward to May 12 at Reddi Arts from 10-5pm Saturday where students I have worked with before can qualify to get this accelerated skills work shop to fast track their talent to the next level. Call John Cummings (904) 398-3161 ext 303 or John@reddiarts.com .
OILS: Upon request JCA has added a second watercolor class on Wednesday nights, 7-9pm.