April 19, 2018 Workshop: Intro to Watercolour

Join visiting artist J.O. Pennanen in a lighthearted introduction to watercolour this Thursday April 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The workshop is free for members, $5.00 for non-members. Participants must bring their own supplies (listed below).


“Working as an illustrator, painter and muralist for the last thirty-five years has provided so many opportunities of discovery. I have worked on tight, detailed species identification paintings; loose representations of the places I have lived; children’s books and paleo environments based on description only. My most recent solo exhibition “Women I Have Known” was a mixed media exhibition representing women’s struggles, joys and journeys through the symbolic use of a female pelvic bone. You can see my work at www.jopennanen.com. Look forward to meeting you! – Judi”

Watercolour is All About Building Courage and Trust

Watercolour’s characteristics can be so intensely beautiful and free. It can let you peek at layers below; it can flow and create textures and movements that you would have to spend hours trying to replicate in another medium. BUT… it can be very intimidating. The very first watercolour I tried in college – I painted three times. Each time I was braver, bolder and freer. Watercolour brings its own gifts to a painting and a painter learns to trust that over time.

In the first hour, we will learn how to do washes, gradations, transparencies and techniques. We will splash, drip and slide our brushes; we will spatter, sprinkle, mask and cut in; just to mention a few. In the last hour we will take the techniques you have learned and complete a simple watercolour landscape together.

Hands on, no fear, creative abandon! In other words FUN. Playing is the best way to learn watercolour…the best way to become friends and build trust and courage.

Required supplies:

  • Watercolour paints and palette
  • A landscape reference image sketched onto one of your stretched sheets of watercolor paper
  • Two sheets of watercolour paper on a block or stretched (if you’ve never stretched your paper, here you can find some tips here). They don’t need to be large, 8″x10″ is an example.
  • Brushes
  • Masking fluid if you have some
  • Large container for water
  • Old toothbrush
  • Utility knife
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