The 3rd Annual Watercolor Live came to an end Saturday, January 28, wrapping up with even more of today’s best watercolor artists sharing all of their secrets, explaining their materials, methods, and more.
The next Live event is coming in March with Plein Air Live, so visit PleinAirLive.com now to register and be with fellow artists online for days of demonstrations, Q&A with your favorite artists, and mingling during the breakout rooms and cocktail hours.
George Politis painted a watercolor scene of Greece, a place that “can be described as paradise on earth,” where he finds plenty of inspiration. George demonstrated concepts of complementary colors, texture, the importance of transparency, contrast, and edges.
Previously at Watercolor Live, Birgit O’Connor led a session on Beginner’s Day but this year she took us inside her personal painting process. She used a composition that demonstrated her techniques for underpainting, using harmonized color, creating flower petals without overlapping the edges, working with shadows and even negative painting in specific areas.
In Shelley Prior’s demo, she focused on the beautiful, soft feathers of a swan as her subject. After walking us through her chosen art materials, she began the background with warm colors, experimenting first to see which would be the best option.
Jansen Chow is a signature member of numerous prestigious art societies in the United States including AWS, NWS, LWS, and PWS. He led us through his step-by-step demonstration on how to paint a colorful cityscape.
“Try to be bold and confident with your color strokes and at the same time make them quick, simple, and decisive,” said Ken Call in his demo of a ballerina. “And, let your colors mingle and let the watercolors do what they want to do.”
“Every street corner has a story to tell,” said Alex Hillkurtz, who admits that one of the reasons he lives and paints in Paris is because he simply loves the way this city looks. Alex demonstrated his techniques for painting a corner cafe, focusing on the forms and shapes, perspective, and the light.
And as always, we ended the evening with a final cocktail hour paint-along session, sharing our experiences, reflections, and new goals after so many days of inspiration and learning. Remember to visit PleinAirLive.com now to join us for the next unforgettable event. See you there!