This was my first demo on Friday of the workshop. I used a direct painting approach where I tried to get the colors and values and edges right the first time without any over washes. I created my own borders with a pencil line rather than using the actual borders of the watercolor paper.
This painting of hollyhocks was my demo on the second day and because the flowers were a light value, I concentrated on the colors around them as much as the flowers themselves. Letting some of the colors drift into the background with softer edges added a nice touch.
This was my demo on the last day and I was intrigued by the orange and blue flowers because they are complementary colors and always work well together. I always like to show the artist at work with dripping paint, spattering, and visible brushstrokes.
Every summer you can join Dennis Pendleton for his Denver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Workshops. Spend a day or three days painting from 9am-4pm at the gardens.
Recent Workshop: July 27, 28, & 29 • 9am to 4pm
Price: $210 for all three days, $160 for two days, $90 for one day
Garden admission not included in price, though we try to share membership admissions with those who are members if we can.
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Dennis will demonstrate each morning and spend the rest of the time working individually with students. Email Dennis at email@example.com if you are interested or would like more information.