Pathos, Watercolor Painting

This is a large painting 40 X 60 inches and I included myself in the photo so that you could judge the scale. The title “Pathos” refers to this majestic flower in its last days. Painting something this large is a challenge and yet I still use the same brushes, palette, and paints that I use on all my paintings. The paper is weighted down in the areas that I am working on but It still buckles to some extent and that is just part of the process. In a big painting like this, I draw in the main objects like the sunflower and some of the leaves but a lot of the painting is decided on while I”m working and it’s important to let my imagination take over. If you go to my website dennispendleto

Still Life With Lilacs Watercolor Painting

I enjoy painting still lifes because I can choose the objects, the arrangement, and the lighting and then work on colors, values, shapes and edges for whatever time frame I choose. I chose these objects because of their bright colors and interesting shapes. I probably spent as much time on the drawing as I did on the painting but I have always loved drawing so I didn’t mind. I used the cast shadow shapes to connect the objects and hold the painting together and I tried to get the colors and values right on the first try to keep the painting from looking overworked. I am scheduled to do a three day watercolor still life workshop in September so if you are interested send me an email or con

Venice Afternoon Watercolor Painting

verywhere you look in Venice there are more things to paint and this is a view from one of the many bridges that cross all the canals. It was an overcast day so the light stayed the same for most of the afternoon. Venice has so many interesting moods and I wanted to capture the feeling of a lazy afternoon where only an occasional boat moved in the canal and stirred the reflections. This Fall I’m teaching a class at the Art Students League of Denver titled “Paint Venice With Dennis In Watercolor” and I will be able to use so many of the pictures I’ve taken of this beautiful city. The masks I collected from Winter Carnival will make great props and it will be fun teaching what I’ve learned

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