Friday, January 25, 2013

Warm Up Your Brushes with Two Winter Watercolor Workshops

"Snow and Barn" watercolor workshop demonstration painting
Ready for a winter vacation? I will offer two watercolor master classes during February. The first, "Winning Ways with Watercolor" will be held at the Flaming Gorge Resort near Vernal, Utah. Take a mini winter vacation and join us for this exciting two-day workshop February 7 - 8, which will include several of my most popular techniques: Seeing the light in nature; Unravelling the secrets of negative painting; Keys to believable lakes and rivers; Snow scenes that sing; and Converting bad photos into great paintings. The resort is offering special $59 nightly rates for our workshop, so let's get away for a couple of days and paint away the winter blues.

Or, warm up your brushes at A Passion for Painting studio in St. George February 14-15 as we explore "The Landscape in Winter." This is one of my favorite classes and is perfect for all levels. Each workshop will consist of artist demonstrations, powerpoint step-by-step examples, and plenty of student painting time.

"Winning Ways with Watercolor"
February 7-8, 2013
Flaming Gorge Resort
9am to 4pm each day
To register contact:
Lori Burchinal

"The Landscape in Winter"
February 14 - 15, 2013
A Passion for Painting, St. George UT
9am to 4pm each day
To register contact:
Becky Whitney

Monday, January 21, 2013

Painting the Southern Utah Red Cliffs with Water

The January workshop centered around painting the red cliffs of southern Utah. One of my favorite subjects, I always enjoy tackling this landscape theme. We explored several techniques  for portraying both the angularity of the cliffs and the surface forms and fissures. I did three class demonstrations during the two-day workshop. 

The Sentinel is a familiar cliff at Zion National Park. Here we concentrated on the techniques for making a form turn in nature.

I chose a softer color scheme with lots of pinks and purples for this scene near Kayenta, Utah. We studied the effects of aerial perspective on the distant cliffs.
The second day we added the element of water. I used a much warmer color scheme so I could contrast the oranges against the blue of the water in this scene of Ivins Reservoir.