Class / Workshop | Painting Reflections in Watercolor
International Center for Watercolor
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:30 am–2 pm
Artist/Instructor: Jane Stoddard
$42 BPAC member/$52 BPAC not-yet member
Participants will explore techniques for painting reflections, particularly in water. Ms. Stoddard will demonstrate the technique she uses to create an initial drawing and how she transfers it to 400lb. watercolor paper. She will show how to effectively layer transparent watercolor to create the deep, rich colors she achieves in her work.
I begin a painting by reviewing my own photographic references, editing for composition and developing a value sketch. I choose a subject which is based on strong composition and a shift in values. I find that boats, architecture and market scenes are my favorite subjects. I never use any mechanical means in my painting and have never used “Photoshop” or an opaque projector. Every painting begins with a drawing done “free-hand” on vellum paper, transferred to 400# cold press Arches paper, using graphite paper to transfer the drawing. I layer and glaze, working in sections to achieve rich and dark luminous passages with strictly transparent pigment. Being an artist has always been my passion, even when all I had to work with was a box of crayons and poster paper. I am most happy when I am involved in the creative process and always look forward with anticipation to my next painting. The past few years of my life have been filled with great heartbreak and joy. Throughout it all the one thing that remained constant was my painting. As my journey continues the narrative of my work is changing but my use of detail to describe my story remains constant.
—E. Jane Stoddard
Bring your regular watercolor supplies and an image that is already drawn on watercolor paper (140lb., 300lb. or 400lb. cold pressed paper.) The image should have good reflections.
If you would like to start the painting in advance and leave the reflection portion of it to work on in the workshop that would be fine. No larger than a quarter sheet.