Thursday, July 3, 2014

Watercolor Workshop - Painting Shiny Metal in Watercolor

Limeade LWatry©2014
Have you ever wondered how someone can use paint and values to create a shiny metal object? If you have, this three day workshop is for you.

In this workshop you will discover how to use small puzzle-like pieces to form a shiny metal object. Learn how to trick the eye of the viewer and the fun of creating colorful reflections in metal. We will work from an in class set up and/or photos.

Class is limited to 6 students allowing for lots of one on one time with me.

Dates: August 8, 9, 10, 2014
Time: Friday and Saturday 9am - 4 pm (bring your lunch) and Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Fees: $145 paid in advance or $160 at the first class
Supply List: Available upon registration
Registration: ends Aug. 7th

Link to my Classes and PayPal link: www.LWatryStudio.com

What Others are Saying about my Workshops and Classes:

"I really like the way you share information, tell us what colors you are using and why, and help us with composition and values. I really like the TV display (for demos) - we can all see what you are doing."

"Great variety of activities - demo; opportunity to try subject and technique; personal instruction; discussion of a subject; examples; handouts; go with interests of students; great TV screen so everyone can see; follow up on your website; books (in library); good teacher availability; small class size."

"Great class. Loved your openness and going the extra mile to answer questions."

Watercolor Workshop - Painting Background Figures


Admiring the Iris LWatry©2014
Do you like to paint landscapes or city scenes, but hesitate to add figures to your scenes? Adding a figure to your scene can really make it come alive.

This 3 day workshop will explore how to create simple, gestural figures that bring life and scale to a scene. In this workshop you will practice painting simple figures with minimal facial features, learn about figure perspective, and make them feel natural in a landscape or city scene.

Afternoon Delight LWatry©2014
The class is limited to 6 students allowing for lots of one on one time with me.

Dates: July 18, 19, 20, 2014
Times: Friday and Saturday 9am - 4 pm. (bring your lunch) and Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fees: $145 if paid in advance or $160 at the first class.
Supply List: Available upon registration
Registration: Ends July 17th


Link to my Classes and PayPal link: www.LWatryStudio.com

What Others are Saying about my Workshops and Classes:

"I really like the way you share information, tell us what colors you are using and why, and help us with composition and values. I really like the TV display (for demos) - we can all see what you are doing."

"Great variety of activities - demo; opportunity to try subject and technique; personal instruction; discussion of a subject; examples; handouts; go with interests of students; great TV screen so everyone can see; follow up on your website; books (in library); good teacher availability; small class size."

"Great class. Loved your openness and going the extra mile to answer questions."

Monday, June 16, 2014

Watercolor Painting of Baritones Part 2

Fanfare LWatry ©2014
Fanfare LWatry ©2014
I haven't had a whole lot of time to work on my baritone watercolor, which I have decided to title "Fanfare". However, I did get a chance to add hair to my sons head and I started the metal of the marching baritone that he is playing.

I also started adding some of the blue to the horns where the sky is reflecting on the tops and bells of some of the horns.

In the close up you may be able to see the variety of grays and color that are in the metal including some great orange reflections that are from the marchers orange-ish shirts. The painting is mostly a cool color scheme and so the warmer oranges in the skin and reflections will be a nice contrast.

Now that I have some of the surrounding values in, the face looks a little pale. I will probably add a few more thin glazes of color to his face before the painting is completed. It is always amazing to see how the early values change as other values are placed next to them.

I will keep posting updates as the painting progresses, so please check back.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Watercolor Painting of Baritones

Lorraine Watry Watercolor of Baritones
Baritone Painting LWatry©
 I started my new band painting yesterday. This one is of my son and the baritone section for marching band. Because he is so tall I got a shot of him above the other baritones and thought it would be a wonderful painting. I really liked the blurry green trees in the background and the reflections of sky and orange from their shirts in the instruments. I plan on playing up these colors, so they will really grab attention.

Lorraine Watry Watercolor of Baritones
Baritone painting LWatry©
I started the painting by masking around the edges of the instruments and my sons face in preparation to paint the background. Then I remembered that I wanted to start with his face and had to remove a little masking. The reason I started with his face was to see if I could getting it looking the way I wanted before moving on. If the face wasn't turning out right, then I could start the painting again and I wouldn't have invested a lot of time into it, yet. I worked his face in layers. The first washes were done with a warm red and yellow to give the skin a warm glow. Then I started layering on washes of permanent rose and a yellow or alizeran and burnt sienna. These are cooler reds and I could start modeling the skin. I also used some ultramarine blue and alizeran for shadows. I always layer skin in thin washes until I have it where I want it. But, don't hesitate to go dark with shadows. I may still had some to his face once I have more paint on the rest of the scene to judge my values by.

Lorraine Watry Watercolor of Baritones
Baritone painting LWatry©
The next step was to paint some masking back around the edge of his face so that I could do a wet-n-wet wash on the background trees. I wanted them to be blurry color. After the masking was dry I painted water several times over the whole background green large area. Before I did this, I had what ever colors I thought I might use out on my palette ready to go. I tried to vary the colors in the trees without getting too crazy and I left some areas that look like the sky was peeking through. I let this dry over night and realized that part of the background needed a little darker value. So, I turned my painting upside down and very gently washed water over the part of the background that I wanted to adjust and added some deeper color.
Lorraine Watry Watercolor of Baritones
Baritone painting LWatry©

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Watercolor Classes and Workshops Colorado Springs

Lorraine Watry Watercolor Workshop ©

I have just finished setting up my 2014 Summer Watercolor Classes and Workshops. As you can see from the image above. I use a video camera and tv screen at my home studio classes to film and provide a view of what I am working on for my students. My classes are small, usually limited to 6 students. Thus, I can give lots of individual attention to each student. I find with watercolor that the students learn best when they can see a demonstration, so I demonstrate often.

2014 Summer Classes and Workshops:
1st Monday of the month Open Studios - 1hr from 6-7pm

Watercolor Classes for Beginners - Thursdays, 6-9pm, June 19 to August 7

Shadows As A Subject Watercolor Workshop - June 28 and 29

Background Figures Watercolor Workshop - July 18, 19, 20

Shiny Metal Watercolor Workshop - August 8, 9, 10

Water Reflections, Hard Edged and Colorful Watercolor Workshop - August 22, 23, 24

If you are interested in taking one of the above classes or need more information, please click on the following link to be taken to my website with all of the class and workshop information. Class Link


Monday, April 14, 2014

Watercolor Classes

Monet Reflections  LWatry©
This is my demo painting from a recent watercolor class on painting waterlilies. The students learned how to create glowing lily flowers, how to paint their reflections in the water, saving whites, beautiful greens for lily pads, and layering of washes to enhance the scene.

Below is an image with the students and some of their waterlily paintings. We really enjoyed getting to know each other and further our knowledge of watercolor.

My new summer class listings will be out soon. The classes will include a Beginning watercolor class and several 2 and 3 day workshops for beginning to advanced students, from June to August.

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