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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Barbara Lee January Program

Guest Artist:  Barb Lee, watercolor
Barb Lee stretches her paper, soaks it first and then staples it to a homasote board.  She tries to use only transparent watercolor when she paints.  Permanent rose, cobalt blue, aureolin yellow are the colors she usually uses.  She uses 150 lb. cold press paper.  Barb painted a sunset landscape.  She began with a yellow sky with a band of rose at the horizon, and blue along the land.  She frequently uses a mister to get the paint to “move.”  She painted streaks of violet across the yellow to give the impression of the clouds and uses a brown (sepia and quinacridone gold) for the ground.  After drying this she uses a small brush for details.  Barb painted two lovely landscapes as we watched.   See photos below.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Creative Pick Up Classes!

Here we are in the dead of winter, the cold has finally settled in.  This is a great time to explore those areas of creativity in your mind!  Check out these classes.

"Dream" - a creativity boot camp, January 29, 30 at Matchbox Co-working Studio in Downton Lafayette, Indiana led by Lisa Walsh and Sara Vanderkleed. Check out their Facebook page:

Re-live those summer vacation spots by taking a class in painting travel journal style watercolors of your favorite photos!  Monday afternoons, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, with WVAS member, Jerie Artz.  Details on the flyer.  

Do you want to escape the hype of the Super Bowl?  sign up for the Super Bowl Paint out - Sunday afternoon, Feburary 7th.  Details on the flyer as well.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January Program - How Barbara Lee Creates her Impressionistic Watercolors

Mark your calendars to join the WVAS for the presentation by Barbara Lee, Tuesday January 19th, 7:00 at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, to see how she creates her impressionistic watercolors.  Barb won the award for the best watercolor in the September WVAS juried show.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ivan Sulima, Ukranian illustrator

As seen on lines and colors blog: I absolutely love his foxes (not least because we have a pair of foxes who live in our ravine)!

Sulima's site:

I couldn't get any of the images to copy. You'll have to explore via links.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Whites for oil painting

I found this lengthy studio note on Gamblin's white oil paints quite helpful:

Since I've been doing mostly watercolors of late, white paint is not something I think about much (except for maybe a little white gouache), but I do consider whether I want to paint a particular subject on paper that is a natural white OR a white white.

There are other studio notes of interest to oil painters on the Gamblin website as well.