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Denver Watercolor Class Teacher Dennis Pendleton

Denver Botanic Gardens Watercolor Workshop


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. Learn more »

Dennis will demonstrate each morning and spend the rest of the time working individually with students. Email Dennis at if you are interested or would like more information.


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