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Spring Flowers in Mendocino CA

If possible I always like to share some of the photos in the workshops, we have such a good time and I am always so impressed with my students results of their paintings. In April we  had a wonderful class in Mendocino. Instead of trying to do a new painting everyday they decided to take on the challenge of more complicated compositions with lots of shadows perfect for Springs vibrant color.
 Funny students - Thanks Maria LOL
First time student.  Very successful The wonderful thing about many newbies is that they do not have a preconceived idea of what they can and can't do and don't get caught up in what they think the rules should be. They simply have fun and just try with remarkable success. 
Some of the most frustrated students are the ones that think they know it all and are unhappy when they are using their usual techniques expecting different results. It is better to let go, have fun and breath..and if you are struggling that's good because then you are learning some…

"Rocks, Sand, Sea glass" May 28–31

I just finished a wonderful workshop on flowers in Mendocino my next workshop at the Art Center is "Rocks, Sand, Sea glass" May 28–31, 2012 This class is always fun, fun fun ...people always try to pick the sand off of the paper but it is really the illusion of the watercolor. I will also be doing Rocks in Jackson Hole WY in July for those of you that can't get to the coast. We will call it "From the Rivers edge"


Mendocino, CAMay 28–31, 2012
"Rocks, Sand, Sea glass" 
To register and for more information
http://www.mendocinoartcenter.org/Spring12/OConnor2.html


Jackson Hole, WY      June 29 - July 2 
"The Rivers Edge" 
To register and for more information visit in Jackson Hole, WY
http://www.artassociation.org/education/painting_drawing/w12-RiversEdge.html

Glazing (layering) in watercolor

Glazing is a term for layering or stacking color, for instance think of different sheets of colored glass or tissue paper one stacked on top of the other. You are able to see through the transparent layers to the ones below, glazing in watercolor is the same idea but instead using thin washes of transparent color. For the cleanest color mixing and purest glazes use only the most transparent color. The reason is these colors allow light to pass through and reflect off of the papers surface leaving beautiful jewel-like effects.
Here are only a few of the transparent colors you may want to consider, New Gamboge, Indian Yellow, Winsor Red, Alizarin Crimson, Carmine, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Magenta, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine), Indanthrene Blue, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Antwerp Blue, Prussian Blue, Viridian, Winsor Green (Yellow Shade), Perylene Green, Hooker’s Green, Permanent Sap Green among others.
More opaque the colors have a greater coverage and are useful to tone down color…

Transparent Color

What is transparent color?
Think of it as thin layers of colored glass that you can see through to the reflective paper surface underneath creating a jewel-like effect. These make for some of the cleanest color mixes. Without turning muddy.
On the other hand Opaque colors on are heavier denser and cover more but if you mix too many together the color can get more muddy.
Here is how you can tell. The quickest way is to look at the symbols on the side of the tube of paint.  It will usually say or have a symbol 


  T    (transparent) 


  ST   (semi transparent) 


SO   (semi opaque) 

  O  (opaque)

If by chance you want to increase the colors transparency and luminosity then add a little Gum Arabic to the color mix.
Testing your colors If you do not have a chart or it is not clearly indicated you can do your own testing. Paint a black line on piece of paper using India ink, let dry, then using different watercolors with a reasonable amount of water dilute the color so it flows easily, then paint over t…

Warm & Cool Colors

Have you ever wondered about warm and cool colors and whats the difference. Warm color appear to move forward while cooler colors recede into the background. That's why when painting a landscape I prefer to use warm colors in the foreground then move to cooler colors and lighter values (meaning more water) in the background. If I was working on a floral I prefer to use warm or even a mix of color in the flower then use cooler colors in the shadows to give depth to my subject. 


Warm Colors Cadmium Yellow Pale, New Gamboge, Cadmium Yellow, Winsor Yellow Deep, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Winsor Orange, Winsor Orange (Red Shade). Cadmium Scarlet, Scarlet Lake, Cadmium Red, Winsor Red, Rose Doré, Quinacridone Red, Opera Rose, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Magenta, Cobalt Violet, Permanent Mauve, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine), Cobalt Blue Deep, French Ultramarine, Ultramarine, (Green Shade), Winsor Blue (Red Shade), Cerulean Blue (Red Shade), Winsor Green (Yellow Sha…

Staining colors

Staining colors are man-made dye-based pigments that stain the paper surface making it difficult to lift and return to the white of the paper. In general they are known for greater permanence and the hue is more intense, depending on the manufactor some brands stain more then others. If you happen to accenditally drop a little on your painting  if you catch it right away most times you can lift the spot of color out. If needed add drop of water on the spot then "blot" do not wipe.


Staining Colors in general Bismuth Yellow, Cadmium Yellows, Winsor Lemon, Transparent Yellow, Aureolin, Gamboge Genuine, Bright Red, Cadmium Scarlet, Scarlet Lake, Vermilion Hue, Cadmium Red, Winsor Red, Rose Doré, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Carmine, Permanent Rose, Permanent Magenta, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine), Winsor Blues, Prussian Blue, Winsor Greens, Winsor Emerald, Oxide of Chromium, Hooker’s Green, Permanent Sap Green, Olive Green, Gold Ochre, Quinacridone Gold, Ven…