Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Utah Watercolor Society May Meeting at the Historic Wheeler Farm

Pencil sketch book drawing by Roland Lee done at Wheeler Farm in UtahPrior to the monthly meeting of the Utah Watercolor Society in Salt Lake City last night, I strolled through old Wheeler Farm where the meeting was held. My sketchbooks are full of drawings from this wonderful working farm and this time I shot a few reference photos too as the last rays of sun put a touch of gold on the place.

Left: A pencil drawing done on the grounds of the historic Wheeler Farm in Murray Utah. This sketch was done on location using a Watson-Guptil hardbound sketchbook and a 6B pencil. I use this same set-up for sketching on location all over the world.

Southern Breeze a magnificent watercolor by Jean Grastorf painted using her unique pouring methodJean Grastorf presented an interesting demonstration at our monthly UWS meeting last night. Jean also presented a three day workshop for the group as well as judged the UWS Spring Juried Exhibition. Jean is very well-known in the watercolor world for her unique method of "pouring watercolor" which has won her membership in most of the watercolor groups and a myriad of awards. She meticulously masks out various parts of her paintings then pours mixtures of watercolor over the paper in various progressive steps. The results are very rich and colorful as you can see by her painting "Southern Breeze" above.

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