My first activity this morning was to go to what was supposed to be the monthly open house at the Georgetown Steam Plant. A family was there, too. But the place was gated shut and there was no evidence of the event in progress.
I had a backup plan. It it was open, I would have attended the afternoon demo. Since it was not, I drove on to the Daniel Smith mothership for a watercolor demo.
Stella Canfield provided a 1.5 hour demo on “watercolor with pizazz”! Though hers is not a style I’d like to emulate, I always learn something from others showing how they work. She works quickly but has planned out the painting well. She first does a 1 minute thumbnail about 2×2 inches to work out the large shapes. Then she does a 10-15 minute more detailed sketch to work out placement of shapes and values. She said she makes four decisions: 1. vertical or horizontal 2. warm or cold colors 3. shapes 4 values. Her other paintings are in the background of these shots.
The final painting in a temp mat
Her most favorite books are Carson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John Carson. It’s her “go-to” book. Of it she said, “it’s a four year art course in a book”. Her next favorite book is Powerful Watercolor Landscapes by Catherine Gill, who is a Seattle artist! DS had that but I didn’t buy it.
I did buy some items: a larger travel brush; a small spritzer bottle to use as a spray bottle in my smallest sketch kit; another pack of empty half pans. I almost bought Cathy Johnson’s book, Artist’s Journal Workshop. Her blog, which I’ve now added to my blog roll here and to my reader.
I put a hold on the book to deliver to my local library. While logged in, I noticed Danny Gregory’s book is ready for pick up. The email notification on the hold system doesn’t work as I didn’t get an email.