Monday, March 31, 2008

Kathy Collins Free Watercolor Demo at the Daniel Smith Bellevue Store

Last Saturday Watercolorist Kathy Collins
demonstrated some of her
watercolor techniques to a full house at the
The Free demo was:
"Watercolor: Impressionistic Watercolors"

Kathy painted on a full sheet of watercolor paper a composition of boats docked, nearby was a similar painting matted and framed on an easel facing the audience, as a point of reference for us. We watched as Kathy applied the Daniel Smith watercolors to her penciled in sketch with a 2 inch synthetic bright brush. It took just 1/2 an hour to create her watercolor painting and she talked throughout describing her thought processes as she made her was very interesting to hear.

Towards the end Kathy started warning about overworking a watercolor, to not as she says: "Don't futz it!" Just stop, and start another before you are tempted to overwork it, after all, "it's only paper."

While she was painting, there were some really nice small sketchbooks of Kathy's being passed around of different trips, the most recent was to Hawaii. Kathy sketches in scenes with an extra fine sharpie, then later paints in watercolor. The sketchbooks were a hit with most people in attendance, they were a very personal record of Kathy's visit and everyone enjoyed her "trip".
There were also copies of a couple of articles that Kathy has been featured in, one was from
The Artist's Magazine , April 2007. I took a moment to read a bit, and this quote from Kathy (paraphrasing Frank Webb) really caught my eye: " takes acres of paper to make a painter", so true!

Afterwards everyone crowded around the demo table to ask lots of questions for the remaining 1/2 hour to get more insight about Kathy's color choices in general, and where she decides to apply the color to get her impressionistic effects. It was a very engaging demonstration!

Kathy Collins also has a watercolor workshop
coming up April 20th, 2008
at the Daniel Smith Bellevue Store.

Sunday April 20th
Kathy will show you how to create
impressionistic watercolor painting
using dramatic high contrast watercolors.
Learn techniques for large charging color,
and mixing flowing wet paint right on the paper
to achieve dark values while preserving white spaces.
Kathy’s artwork has been published in
Watercolor Magic, and The Artist’s Magazines.
A workshop not to be missed! $75 per day 11 am to 4 pm

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