Important dates: September 16-17, 22-23
Open Studios is only 6 weeks away!
This year I am exhibiting at venue #33 with Kathy Tranmer. We are trying a new location more central to downtown Napa. Our exhibits are located in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church. The parking is located on 5th street just as it meets up with Randolph St.
You can find more information and directions to all the artist venues at the Open Studios website, here. I'm also responsible for editing the website information, so let me know if there are any errors or anything is unclear.
My husband and I are currently sailing in Desolation Sound, British Columbia.
See you in September!
First Attempts at applying workshop skills
So, I have a great subject with the early morning light striking an interesting sailboat just right. But as most artists know, controlling watercolor only comes with practice.
I like the colors in attempts #1 best, but I think the focal point is much better in #2.
What do you think?
Boat off Orcas Island Ferry Dock, Attempt #2[/caption]
The Bridge Across the Creek, my 1st day painting
Just before our summer sailing trip I was able to take a watercolor workshop with Michael Reardon. Reardon is teaches many workshops near my location in Northern California and I’d heard taught architectural rendering in w/c. In fact, I thought that was what the workshop was going to be about.
The workshop was hosted on a Friday and Saturday by the California Watercolor Association at the California State East Bay campus in Concord. I thought crossing the Benicia Bridge on Friday might tough, but there was really no problem traffic. There are also several different routes to get to Ygnacio Valley Road from Hwy 680, so many options to get there with the bonus of several Starbucks along the route.
Michael liked to to a demo in the morning and then have us work on our own paintings for the rest of the day. My only issues were 1) we received poor guidance on which reference images to bring, and 2) there were too many students for such a short workshop. I had many more appropriate references had I known what he would demo. Once I started on an image, it took a long time for Michael to get back to me. I felt my painting on the last day failed because I couldn’t get enough help.
That said, I would still highly recommend a Reardon workshop because this may just be the information I needed to take the next step in my watercolors. I don’t know if I’ve heard this information enough times that I’m finally getting it, or whether the way he explained things just clicked. Either way, I’m excited that I may be able to actually paint what I envision rather than end up with disappointments . I have his book with me also, and I can recommend it highly also.
Images from the workshop
My copy of Reardon demo, day 1
My copy of Reardon demo, day 1
My failed painting, day 2
Only 12 days to Open Studios Napa Valley
One image I’ll be sharing there is the Black-headed Grosbeak. As we lived in a trailer for 7 years while building our home, I became more and more interested in the birds visiting my feeder out the back window. I joined our local Audubon chapter and went on some excellent birding walks. This brightly colored grosbeak is exciting to see in the Napa Valley foothills. They only visit my feeders occasionally.