2-Day Trees and Botanical Techniques Workshop

Monday & Tuesday,  July 20 & 21, 9:30-3:30, $100.
Watercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H)
1601 West Alabama, Houston, TX  77006
713 942-9966

Bossy, 16 x 12" transparent watercoor on watercolor board
Bossy, 16 x 12″ transparent watercoor on watercolor board

Looking for new, fresh ways to depict the beauty of landscapes and gardens?  Try these fun, fresh and loosely rendered techniques that almost paint themselves!  A rather unusual supply list is here: http://susanteachespainting.blogspot.com/2015/04/trees-and-botanical-techniques-workshop.html , or email Susan: LuchoLiz@gmail.com.

This class sold out last time so sign up now before it is too late!  Click for registration form:  http://www.watercolorhouston.org/media/pdf-folder/Forms2014page2.pdf

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3 Paintings in the WAS-H April Show

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I’m honored today to receive an Honorable Mention at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston for “Sassy”.  Theme: Landscape.  All three paintings may be seen at the WAS-H gallery, 1601 W. Alabama, Houston during April.   Opening: Friday, April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.  YOU are invited!

Bessie Demo

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Bessie demo, 20 x 14″ transparent watercolor on paper

This is a fast-paced 1 hour demo for my class yesterday, then another 1/2 hour tweaking the nose this morning.  This type of timed painting really challenges an artist in so many ways!  Last week I found this photo of my grandmother Bessie and I’m also doing the full length version of her at my leisure.  Stay tuned!

Matisse on Shizen

Trying a new paper with Matisse as my muse.  (paper review, below)

Matisse on Shizen, 12 x 9.5" transparent watercolor on Shizen rough paper
Matisse on Shizen, 12 x 9.5″ transparent watercolor on Shizen rough paper

Shizen paper has a very rough, hand-pulled quality.  What sets it apart is the way it is sized both internally and on the surface.  Thus it allows generous amounts of lifting, almost unheard of for a rough, hand-pulled paper.  Nice!

Bossy

A couple of years ago in May a scarlet tanager was following me around from flower bed to flower bed as I added new mulch.  It sounded to me like he had a mind of his own!

Bossy, 16 x 12" transparent watercoor on watercolor board
Bossy, 16 x 12″ transparent watercoor on watercolor board

The Whole Shebang

It is such fun just to play with watercolor materials.  They are so bright and exciting when you unleash them.  Here’s a party on paper:

Painting, The Whole Shebang
The Whole Shebang, 20 x 14″ watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencil, wax on paper

Channeling Sargent in Class Today, Jan. 20, 2015

We tried to get a little loosened up.  Sloppy isn’t our nature but we need to push past those urges to be neat and let the paint flow!  Here we go—

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My Boys

My Boys, 22 x 30" watercolor on paper
My Boys, 22 x 30″ watercolor on paper

This big painting was a great deal of fun because these are 2 of my favorite subjects and I know them both well.  I began with a rough sketch on Day 1, laid in some sloppy washes and blocked in forms.  On Day 2, I did some botanical parts and hair texture on both models and finally on Day 3 (yesterday) I did the easier parts–flowers and clothing.  All in all my biggest challenge was to leave it alone and call it finished.  It is a good thing today is the show deadline!!

Vernal Pool, Mayville

Vernal Pool, Mayville; 14 x 20" transparent watercolor on rough paper
Vernal Pool, Mayville; 14 x 20″ transparent watercolor on rough paper

Inspired by the photo taken from the marsh beside our driveway in Mayville, NY, October 2013.  Many watercolor liberties implimented; the goal was not realism!

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Seine, Remembered

Inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s exhibition, “Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River”.  Seine, Remembered. 12 x 12 transparent watercolor on cradled claybord

Seine, Remembered. 12 x 12 transparent watercolor on cradled claybord