I will be teaching Watercolor Journaling in Greece on the island of Syros. This class is offered through the American College of Healthcare Sciences, May 27 – June 2, 2011.
A lot of people enjoy writing in journals, taking field notes, collecting memorabilia and souvenirs of their travels, and drawing little sketches of their journeys. I call this art journaling but I take it a step further and incorporate watercolor with my art journals.
Watercolor journaling is a wonderful way to slow down and savor the moment, recording your journey in a unique and memorable way. With your journal under your arm and a few painting supplies, you will be ready to capture memories of your Greek Island experiences. This dynamic class will motivate artists of all skill levels to record their journeys in a creative and unique way using watercolor and mixed media. Students will explore ways to make their watercolor travel journal interesting and reflective of their experiences through painting the Greek landscape and the essence of the Greek lifestyle. Some of the techniques I will be teaching include watercolor painting, drawing, color theory, incorporating mixed media and how to make quick-on the go-watercolor sketches.
This class is still open for registration, so click here to sign up! As always, I enjoy your comments. Please let me know if you have any questions.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the art from the participants that went to Provence with me, September 2009. Everyday we would go out on location to paint. We would often finish up our paintings at our hotel, le Hotel du Soleil.
|This is Mary Anne’s beautiful painting of Daudet’s Windmill near Fontvieille
The lesson for this day was about how to create volume and how to make something look round. I think that Mary Anne did a wonderful job!
Below is Irene’s interpretation of the women who do the traditional dance of Provence. I love her choice of colors. She really captured the beautiful dresses the women used to wear.
|Page from Irene’s journal – Traditional Dance Attire of the Women of Provence
I met with Helen yesterday about our upcoming May 9-19 trip to Provence, France. I am getting so excited about it that I can’t sleep past 4:30 in the morning. We will be visiting Roussillon know for it’s red-ochre colors and designated one of the most beautiful villages in France. Here is a photo that I took when I was there with my family in 2003. This photo is inspiring me to get to my studio today to paint! Daniel Smith Art Supplies has a color I haven’t tried yet – Burgundy Red Ochre. Described as a granulating, reddish-brown earth color, it sounds perfect for trying to capture the ruby glow of Roussillon. They also have free shipping, so now is a good time to stock up on supplies if you need anything.
Inspired by my blogger friend, Laure and her thoughts on using different formats, I thought I would share this page from my Provence, 2009 Watercolor Journal.
Directions: using artist tape, tape off some shapes on a watercolor page in your journal. Paint a watercolor wash. Here I used an analogous mix of yellows, greens and blues. Draw in some little vignette drawings. Then add some more color to increase the value in certain areas. Pull off the tape and journal in the white areas.
Be sure to check out Laure’s wonderful painting of a Canadian Goose using a long format!
Congratulations to Carol! She was the lucky winner of one of my watercolor prints at the Portland Art & Soul Retreat 2010.
One of my favorite things that I do when I get ready to teach my Watercolor Journeys, Inspirations from Travel Class, is to put together watercolor goody bags for each student. They are filled with art prompts and useful items for creating art in your journals. There are still a few spots available in this class if you would like to sign up! If you live in the Bend area, I am teaching a similar class at Arts Central, called Watercolor and Mixed Media for the Traveling Artist.