Monday, March 25, 2013

Watercolor Course - Indianapolis Art Center

I finally decided to sign up for a 7 week watercolor course at the Indianapolis Art Center. I chose "Explore the Joys of Watercolor," with Irina Smulevitch.
The first class was pretty low key, going over supplies, as well as the characteristics of some of the colors in our palette. She painted a demonstration of a sky and simple landscape, urging us to practice several different skies as well as a simple landscape using only one color to concentrate on our values.







One of the main reasons I've wanted to learn watercolor (besides learning the unique effects it produces and how the medium behaves) was to loosen my painting style. I tried to paint the skies with loose strokes, avoiding overworking. 

In this value piece (used only Mars Brown), I started out all right with the sky, but then I feel I overworked the landscape. Still need to learn how to place effective brush strokes and knowing when to stop.




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