Posts Tagged ‘demonstration’

Star Harbor Workshop Demonstration

April 13, 2012

Star Harbor Workshop Demonstration

Good evening.  I’m still exhausted to the bone.  I just completed a two-day workshop that was off-the-charts, exceeding all expectations for me.  I am still amazed at the talent, the enthusiasm, the growth and all-around good will that I experienced among these watercolor enthusiasts.  I pledge to you readers that I will have much more to share about this, when I am more awake!  However, I must rise early tomorrow (Saturday), board a school bus, and accompany the Martin High School art club to the Rachofsky House and to the Dallas Arboretum, for a day of museum study and plein air art.  After two days of four-hour round-trip travel and workshops, I am still drained of energy and right now must get some sleep.  So . . . I will be writing you very soon, hopefully tomorrow night when I finish the art club field trip.  There is so much to catch up and report over these recent days.

Pictured above is today’s studio demonstration.  I resumed work on the Saint Ignatius Academy that I haven’t touched for about three weeks, and am really looking forward to getting up-to-my-elbows in this painting again.  It was a pleasure working on it today, and answering questions from the workshop participants.  After a day of plein air yesterday, we chose to stay indoors today and work in a studio atmosphere.  The conversations were first-rate, and I appreciated each and every artist who engaged in our shared activity today.  I miss them already.

Thanks for reading.

Recapping my Watercolor Adventures in Galveston, Texas

November 14, 2011

Tree Rendering in Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils

I decided to take a break from grading papers so I could re-live some of the past four days spent in Galveston, Texas.  It was my privilege to demonstrate Prismacolor watercolor pencils in the vendor booth for Prismacolor, thanks to Shelley Minnis, a representative from that company.  I have posted the first sketch I did while visiting with art teachers from around the state.

This is the first time I pushed heavily on the Prismacolor products.  My own watercolor style is a considerably lighter touch, but I wanted to see how the D’Arches paper handled a heavy application of these pencils and a good amount of wash.  I’m not delighted with the outcome, but still want to continue experimenting with this media.  This is one of the few sketches I have done exclusively with the watercolor pencils, with no help from tubes or cakes at all.  I have not found a way to dissolve the pigments completely in water to create sky washes.  I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I will figure it out.  At any rate, I enjoyed the experiment and would not have traded this experience for anything.

Thanks, Shelley!  It was a real honor working beside you.

And thanks, all of you, for reading.  More to come .  .  .