Sandy demos trees

I’ve gotten to know Sandy Allnock a bit and admire her art from Urban Sketchers Tacoma. Today she did a demo at Daniel Smith about painting watercolor trees.  She has an avid following on social media and her on-line classes.

She always starts with the sky and goes on to paint the lightest greens while the sky is still wet. This gives a soft edge.  The reference photo is on the iPad at right.

She related a quote from a teacher concerning painting large and loose so as not to get caught up too early in the details: paint the dog and not the fleas. So she uses a brush that is a size or two larger than what she thinks she needs.

As the painting was nearly finished, she got down to the “fleas”:  adding in some details of bare trees.

The finished painting

Some of her other paintings which include trees.

She’s teaching a workshop on this subject next weekend but I understand it’s full.  I would highly recommend it, though, if you can get a spot! Some other examples of her paintings are at that link, too.

I’m hoping she teaches painting water, such as streams, ponds, lakes, ocean.  I didn’t sign up for Trees soon enough but I’ll be sure to not make that mistake again.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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2 Responses to Sandy demos trees

  1. Pingback: Watercolor Trees class at Daniel Smith: done! | Sandy Allnock

  2. Char Engler says:

    I’m so envious of all the participants who were there to see Sandy! Maybe someday……

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