Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Work in Progress - Challenging Composition

The most challenging about this composition is the fact the original reference photo had the branches on the right dividing the image in half (a real composition no no). So to resolve this is I dropped the tiny branches into the background to enhance the larger more stunning branch. I would still like to work on it a little more but it will give you an idea.

The jeweled light filtering through the leaves was really fun to do. I used different  approaches,    wet-into-wet, wet-on-dry, softening edges, deepening color and lifting color out.

You should have heard the moans and groans of everyone tackling this painting. Even though these aren't done yet when they stepped back they were all amazed with what they had done. I was so excited to the students light up with huge smiles.

Beyond The Flower into Abstraction

What a wonderful time in Calistoga.
In this workshop I am able to explore and take the students deeper into my thought and painting process. I was amazed at how well they did, first we break the composition down into large shapes, then into smaller and smaller ones. The idea is not about seeing the flower rather the abstraction of it and then how to transform it into a successful painting.

The prerequisite of this particular workshop is to already have 2-3 flower workshops with me so we can move beyond into even more exciting work.

Before tackling the flower we work on shapes and shadows, persimmons are a really fun subject to paint.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Historic Barns & Ranches Workshop

What a fun and successful weekend of painting at the Point Reyes National Seashore where we were painting "Historic Barns & Ranches" Normally we travel out to the Pierce Pt Ranch but with uncertain weather and shorter days we stayed closer to park headquarters at the Historic Morgan Horse Ranch.  Keeping paintings a little smaller made it easier for everyone to be successful within the short time frame that we had.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Not Just a Rose

I love my Calistoga Workshops where we are able to have more intimate classes. Students learn SO much with this simple design, larger washes, glazing, layering color, building depth etc. It is wonderful to see everyone be successful. It's the same design but really not the same ...there is so much more to a painting then just the composition. My goal as an instructor is to share my techniques but allow the student to express themselves and share their own experiences and personality. 

Calistoga Workshop Flowers, Fall Oct 26-30 2015
Look for more of my Calistoga Workshops in the Napa Valley coming up 
in March and November 2016

Saturday, October 10, 2015

New DVD Release: Fall Grapes & Leaves

The beautiful of the fall season is here and to celebrate I am releasing a New DVD program, Fall Grapes & Leaves. I am sure you will enjoy this program, large washes, building color, negative & positive painting. Loose, textured fall leaves, shadows on the vines and more.
To view a preview visit on YouTube
$ 34.99 Buy Now

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Santa Clara Watercolor Society Workshop

I really enjoyed my time with everyone at the Santa Clara Watercolor Society last month. we had such and overwhelming response to the class that I will be back in January 2016. 

I wanted to to see that we usually have one or two brave men in each workshop. LOL
If you would like to see my current 2016 schedule please visit www.birgitoconnor.com for updates.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How to paint a Sand Dollar

Just for Fun lets paint a quick and simple Sand Dollar in watercolor.