Colors of Taos

The Taos Watercolor workshop for 2019 is over and I am back in Denver. Thank you to the artists who took the workshop and made it such a rewarding experience. Once again the Mabel Dodge Luhan House was the perfect headquarters with so many things to paint right on site. This painting was done at the end of Ledoux Street at an earlier workshop. I have not yet loaded the paintings from this year onto my computer so they will show up on later emails. In this painting I was attracted to the colorful cast shadows on the adobe wall and blue door. Working on site is so much better that working from photographs because a camera usually doesn't capture the colors in cast shadows. Here the red

High Desert Painting

I am at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House for the first night of my Taos Watercolor Workshop. Tomorrow we begin five days of plein air painting at different locations around Taos. I painted this picture on an earlier visit and it is typical of the subject matter we will be working on this week. This old adobe home with its gentle curves, absence of straight lines, earth tones and old adobe wall and gate is typical of the subjects I choose for the workshop. I was intrigued by the cast shadows from the trees and how they explained the curves and shape of the building. A mixture of cobalt violet and yellow ochre was used for the adobe with a slightly darker version for the cast shadows. I used

Colors of Taos

Next weekend I leave for Taos New Mexico where I will be teaching my annual watercolor workshop. This is a painting of the entrance to the Couse House Museum which is one of our favorite painting sights. Edgar Couse was one of the early Taos artists and his home and studio have been maintained as a historical landmark. When I painted this in the spring the lilacs were in bloom and the gardens were already full of flowers. In this composition the chimneys in the upper right corner keep the viewers eye from drifting out of the painting and the overhanging tree branches in the upper left corner do the same. A mixture of cobalt violet and yellow ocher was used for the adobe with mineral vio

Beautiful Day In The Gardens

Today was the third and final day of my May Botanic Gardens Workshop. I will have another workshop each month this summer and you can find out the details on my website under classes and workshops. This painting is a demonstration that I did in the afternoon. I was still working on the painting when this picture was taken and I did a little more work on it. However, I think this photo shows the essence of the finished painting. It was a glorious day and the artists in the workshop all impressed me with how hard they worked and how much progress they made. The most fun was seeing all the paintings at the end of the day. It is true that you can setup 10 different art

Spring Is Here!

As I looked through an opening in the foliage at Denver Botanic Gardens I was struck with this composition. The blossoming tree with the tall flowers and dark background was irresistible. I started with the blossoming tree, placed it off center and painted it with simple brushstrokes of lemon yellow, gold, and yellow green, being sure to leave bits of white paper for sparkling sunlight. For the tree trunk and branches I mixed burnt sienna and ultramarine blue then skipped the branches through the spring leaves. Vertical brushstrokes of orange, yellow, and violet were used for the tall narrow flowers and I made sure to paint them as a group rather than individual flowers. The dark color

Denver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Workshop

I just had my Denver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Workshop on Friday, Saturday Sunday, May 3-5, 2019, and it was a beautiful weekend, packed with tulips, flowering crabapple trees in all colors, lilacs that you could smell across the gardens, and some butterflies and bees, too. Here are some photos from the workshop on Sunday. Want to join us next time? Join me for my next Denver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Workshop » I offer Denver Watercolor Workshops all summer at the Gardens, so make sure to join me for a day, two, or three days! I have Watercolor Workshops at the Denver Botanic Gardens in June and July 2019. Find the dates and more information on my Watercolor Classes page »

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