Watercolor Painting from Photographs
On Saturday and Sunday February 19th and 20th from 11:00am to 4:00pm I will be giving a class on watercolor painting using subject matter from your own photographs. All levels of students are invited. We will work on drawing, composition, original approach, contrast, value, and creating a center of interest. This is a fun way to spend a winter weekend.
The class will cost $40.00 per day. Pay and sign up early at The Dalles Art Center at 541-296-4759. The art center will have a supply list if you don’t already have one. Please in addition to your supplies bring a few of your favorite old or new pictures to work from. Snapshots of figures or animals would be great. You may get some great presents out of this for your friends and family. Check out my work on this site or on the Attic Gallery site www.atticgallery.com
I hope lots of you will make the class. This week I’ve been working in my head, conjuring up ideas for new paintings. I also just finished a commission that was lots of fun to do. I do a lot of my work by commission. I’ll be starting another one in the next couple of weeks. If you’re interested in having me do a commission for you in watercolor or acrylic just let me know. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I have done most every kind of commission you could imagine and some that I’m pretty sure you couldn’t. Parents, families,and animals (from dogs to raccoons, cats to goldfish). The piece shown at the top of this post was done for a group of good friends who live in Arizona. The painting represents the strong friendship among the women and portrays something unique and important about each one. The group hired me to paint them. When the painting was done I did giclee prints (enough for all of them) and then they had a contest to see who got the original to hang on her wall. It was lots of fun and lots of work meeting each woman and photographing them before actually doing the piece. I’ve also done lots of family portraits, pet portraits, horse portraits and club portraits. Of course commissions are done in my crazy style and are done with complete cooperation with the person who hires me. For example…if you want a dog portrait, you could send me a picture of your dog and his/her toys, list favorite things they like to do and in general tell me about them. I can also take photos myself if am close enough. I use all of the gathered information and create a portrait. SO a horse portrait won’t look exactly like the portraits you might see at the Kentucky Derby. They all have my own style and twist to them. In other words they don’t look like I took a picture. I add all of my own little inspirations and thoughts about the subject and then go to town!
The piece above was commissioned by the Trout Lake Art’s Festival a few years ago and was used as their poster. Never fear. My mind can come up with lots of ideas and can help you to create great gifts for anyone you might have in mind. Support the Timber Valley Artist….hire me to do a commission for you or your workplace!
I’ve been engrossed in a great book. The title is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She wrote the book Seabiscuit . I have been totally engaged in the story of Lieutenant Louis Zamperini, his early years, his years fighting the Japanese in the Pacific,and his amazing survival of events like being adrift in the ocean after his B-24 was shot down. Sharks are involved and Hillenbrand gives one of the best descriptions of the Japanese POW camps that I have ever read. I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in WWII. It’s quite suspenseful and totally true. If any of you would like to recommend books or movies I’d love to have you leave your choices in comments.
So stay warm. I hope all of my friends and family in the midwest are inside by their fireplaces like I am.