Still Life

Surprise Yourself with Impressionism: Florals, Interiors, Still Life

First Peony at the Depot, 12 x 12″ transparent watercolor on paper
4 week class begins February 7
Explore innovative ways to guarantee a loose, gestural watermedia style. The class will cover techniques to assist you in applying the Masters’ styles to your own resource photos. This month we will paint florals, still life & interiors, and botanicals. (This class is similar to the January class, with different subjects.)
Schedule includes 4 sessions
  • 07 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
  • 14 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
  • 21 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
  • 28 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
WAS-H 1601 West Alabama at Mandell, Houston, TX 77006

$150 (WAS-H members)
$190 (WAS-H non-members)
Questions?  Call WAS-H: 713 942-9966



  • Several small sheets or a tablet of your favorite WC paper approx 9 x 12 or thereabouts
  • Favorite watercolors
  • A small variety of drawing tools.   Pencil, permanent pen(s), a marker or 2 of various sizes
  • SketchbookThe following items are optional if you have them around the house:
  • An old wood handled watercolor brush  
  • Small piece of medium grade sandpaper
  • small piece of white candle.  Birthday candles work.
  • tissues

Still Crazy Life

Still Crazy Life, 16 x 12" transparent watercolor on rough watercolor paper
Still Crazy Life, 16 x 12″ transparent watercolor on rough watercolor paper

Bright Corner

12 x 16" transparent watercolor on paper
Bright Corner, 12 x 16″ transparent watercolor on paper

A class demo

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!

Not Soup Yet

It is fun to pull out painting exercises from past years and get them ready for the Art Fair next weekend!  I remember this from a painting class when we looked at reflection, plus the challenges of those transparent layers of onion.

8 x 10" transparent watercolor
Not Soup Yet, 8 x 10″ transparent watercolor

Villa Régalido Breakfast Sketch

Regalido Breakfast watercolor
Villa Regalido Breakfast Sketch, 7.5 x 6.5″ transparent watercolor sketch on paper

Lost and Found sketch

In class today (Impressionism/Post Impressionism) we looked at edges.  One of the most important aspects of a painting is the way one object sits against the next in your picture.  We are attempting to work fast but be mindful of having a wide variety of edges to hold the viewer’s interest, including “lost and found” edges.  My students “got it”!  We only had 1/2 hour to grab small objects and compose with our brush; no time to waste!  My result:

Lost and Found
Lost and Found watercolor sketchbook sketch, 9 x 6″