Steamboat Watercolor Workshop 2019

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS COLORADO WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP August 15, 16, & 17, 2019 Join me for my Steamboat Watercolor Workshop in August 2019! Steamboat Springs is a special place for me because I lived up there for 10 years before I moved to Denver. The Yampa River Valley and the Elk River Valley are breathtaking and very special places to paint in all four seasons. The ranches and ranch life are of particular interest to me and in the workshop we have the privilege of painting on the Zabel Ranch with longhorn cattle, old homestead cabins, classic old weathered barns and the original bunkhouse which is now Curtis Zabel’s sculpture studio. Forests with aspen and pine trees, streams and river

Don't Give Up

Winter is perfect for setting up something special in my studio like these white orchids. My plan was to offset the orchids with a dark indigo background after creating interesting negative shapes with the stems and leaves. However, as the saying goes "the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray." The background was too dark and to much of a stark contrast in value to the white orchids. I started painting cerulean blue shapes over some of the dark background to create a value darker than the flowers but lighter than the indigo. To get this to work it was necessary to layer several coats of the cerulean blue over the indigo. The moral is don't give up on a painting that you thin

Watercolor Sunset Painting

When my studio was on South Pearl Street in Denver, I did a small watercolor painting of this scene then recently I did this larger watercolor painting from the small image. I was attracted to the colorful sunset and the large dark shape of the church and tree branches that were back lit by the setting sun. This eliminated details and reduced the subject to a dark shape against the colorful sky. From my old studio I was able to study this scene every evening until I finished the first painting. The row houses with their glowing windows along the street in front of the church and the cars on the street with their lights added just the spark I wanted against the large dark shape. Simplici

Color Secret's

I talk to people all the time who struggle with their paintings and often it is because they don't understand the proper use of color choices. From personal experience, when I learned about using color schemes from my mentor, my artwork improved dramatically. The great American watercolorist, Winslow Homer, always carried a book called, The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colors, and studying it had a profound effect on his work. I encourage you to consider my new upcoming class at the Art Students League of Denver where you will develop a color sense as you learn how to use different color schemes in your work. To register, please contact the Art Students League of Denver at ASLD.

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