Page From My New Book

I am completing a book of Drawings and Paintings of Denver and this is one of the pages. The book will be full of images and history of my favorite Denver haunts. "Inside The Oxford Hotel Lobby" is the title of this painting and it was the interior lighting and the classic furniture that attracted me to this subject. The cast shadows tied all the pieces together in the composition and the lone figure was used as a focal point. Changes in temperature allowed me to use all the different grays in the walls and floor to contrast with the warm earth tones in the furniture. I am always talking about simplifying and I made sure that nothing was important enough to compete with the man reading

New Ways To Paint

To paint loose expressive watercolors, confident strokes are needed and who better to study than John Singer Sargent. The man was a wizard with his brush. With just a few flicks of the brush, he could create stunning interpretations of light and shadow. Sargent's watercolors have strong value designs using extremes of light and dark with the dark shapes full of color. When painting his watercolors, the first part often looked chaotic but, as it developed, Sargent orchestrated his own vision. Painting loose can appear effortless, but it actually develops over time with instruction and practice. Don't miss this opportunity starting in January to learn from the watercolors of John Singer

Afternoon In Taos

This is a painting of the Couse House from my Taos workshop in May. By the way, there are still two spaces available for this years Taos Watercolor Workshop and if you are interested send me an email. Edgar Couse was one of the first artists to settle in Taos and his house is now a museum. This is a painting of the front entrance which leads into the house and studio and also into the yard with the flower gardens. The adobe colors are mixtures of cobalt violet and yellow ochre with mineral violet in the darker shadow areas. When I painted the sky with cerulean blue I blotted it with a tissue to get the atmospheric effect that I wanted. After painting the lilacs with cobalt violet and d

Taos In Watercolor 2019 Registration

​ ​Dennis Pendleton will teach both the beginner and seasoned artist how to convey movement in their work at this year's 5-day watercolor workshop in Taos. It will change the way you see composition. You will learn to use directional brushwork, creative contrasts, and rhythmic or repeating elements to make your paintings vibrate with excitement. Our scenic getaway revolves around the charming Mabel Dodge Luhan House. This rustic inn is a delightful painting sight in itself, however, we will also paint outside at a variety of southwestern sites with the shimmering light, historic adobe architecture, and spectacular desert vistas for stimulus. Rooms are being held for workshop members und

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