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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Intermediate Watercolor Painting Class at Riverside Art Center

Our Winter Session classes are now completed.  We had a great time painting, eating and drinking together.  Our painters were: Back row; Jody, Dave, and Cindy; Front row; Kathleen and her husband Kevin.
Our first project was  a painting of spring blossoms.

Jody mentioned that she would like to do a snow scene, so our second week we painted birch trees and cardinals...

We discussed a subject for our third paint and it was suggested that we do a street scene.  I prepared a drawing from a photo that a friend gave me from Tuscany - these are the outstanding results in this photo below...
Our next project was one I found on the internet - a very challenging painting of a tree in the shadows in the autumn - the colors are intense and the shadows deep ... the painters attacked this with their usual enthusiasm ... it was difficult, but they did very well.
Our next painting was one we drew of some mugs I brought in - a lesson in drawing as well as in painting.  Not everyone had these paintings with us last night, so I don't have a picture of that project.  I discovered that these talented students are very good at drawing as well as painting.

We then did a version of the Clematis that I posted earlier on this blog.  As you can see from the picture below, the results were very varied, but all creative paintings.
Our last project for this winter session was a lesson in pouring.  As I mentioned earlier on this blog, we poured with liquid acrylics after masking out the edges of the dahlias to retain the whites.  Now they are painting with transparent watercolor, working on the petals.  We are doing a wet-in-wet background in 3 greens and a blue and they will finish the background by using negative painting techniques in the leaves.

This was such a great 8 week session - I enjoyed teaching this group very much, and hope that they also had an enjoyable experience.  They are a wonderful bunch of creative painters and great people!  KUDOS to all of them!

7 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Each of these artists are so very talented! Your teaching abilities are wonderful too. Looks like it was a good class and that you all had a great time!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Wow! I would be ecstatic to have painted any of those paintings half as well as your students. Bravo to them and their teacher. You should all be very pleased with the fantastic results.

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks for commenting Autumn Leaves and Christiane...As you can see - they did very well, but more importantly, we had a wonderful 8 weeks - they are great friends as well as students.

Barbra Joan said...

Well, you've certainly been a busy lady and the results are fantastic. Such talented students not to mention their teacher.

Barb Sailor said...

BarbraJoan...It was a busy 8 weeks but well worth it - it was fun! Thanks for commenting!

Cindy said...

I greatly enjoyed the watercolor classes. I love your watercolor paintings and feel honored that you shared so much with the class. I look forward to painting with you again. Thanks for being a great teacher and friend.

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Cindy...You know I always enjoy painting with you and you are such a dear friend! Thanks for commenting, too! HUGS...