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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Warblers watercolor lesson
Topic: Watercolor Lesson
Warblers watercolor class lesson - 5/21/13. Continuous line drawings as warm-ups, and 'stencil' style direct painting.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 7:37 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 21 May 2013 8:21 PM EDT
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Saturday, 8 December 2007
Paint Snowy Evergreens in Winter - Watercolor Class
Topic: Watercolor Lesson

For Christmas and winter, snow is here.  Try these watercolor and drawing exercises for painting evergreens in snow. 

winter trees watercolor

Print out and practice the schematic trees in this practice sheet to get different takes on evergreens as forms in space:
Schema drawing of evergreen trees

Print out the sampler and try these three ways to practice watercolors of winter evergreens.

  • Pale blue wash for overall tree, then drop in undersides/dark areas
  • Contour drawing of tree, negative paint background, lay in dark undersides of branches.
  • Pale peachy underwash for trees, lay in darker undersides of branches.

Sampler of watercolor styles - evergreen trees in snow

Practice negative painting a background wash around the main form or subject. Make the wash move around the picture instead of horizontally or vertically. Let it swirl as the weather patterns you see moving over our planet from the satelite pictures. Pull the puddle of wash around. Let the paint/pigment swirl in the puddle. Be spare with your mixing. Let the water do the work. Have fun watching it come out.
Background watercolor wash for negative painting evergreen tree in snow

Large version
Freehand watercolor sketch - Evergreen tree in snow

Photo of Evergreen trees in Snow, St. George, Maine, by Pat Laxton

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 3:28 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007 3:31 PM EST
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Friday, 6 April 2007
List: 38 Watercolor Lessons, Ideas
Topic: Watercolor Lesson

Watercolor Lessons List - at some point I'll fill in details on this rough list. These are most of the lessons I've taught since summer. 

Winter/spring 2007

Easter - photo of Steiff bunny and colored eggs
A Steiff Bunny and Colored Easter Eggs for Watercolor Class

Free Choice
Faces/portraits - grid, Chuck Close

Edward Hopper - Talbot's House
On "Talbot's House" painting by Edward Hopper 

St. Patrick's Day - Irish landscapes, greens?

Circus Acrobats - papercuts, figures from triangles
Does the Circus Still Come to Town in March?

Chinese New Year - Year of the Golden Pig

Valentine's Day - bird/finch sumi-e  painting
A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day -blog post
continues further: A Bird Painting Lesson for Valentine's Day

Mardi Gras masks

winter - dog sledding, alaskan huskies
Dog-Sled Mushing, Alaskan Huskies - Watercolors and Coloring Page

penguins - papercuts, sumi-e painting
Painting Penguins Art Lesson- Blog Post continues further: Painting Penguins Art Lesson 


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 6:35 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 7 April 2007 7:38 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 22 November 2006
A Deer Painting and Lesson
Topic: Watercolor Lesson

watercolor of whitetail deer Last week in the watercolor class I teach we painted deer. Here is the lesson on drawing and painting deer. For reference material you can use photos of deer. A good source is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Digital Library System. We used silhouettes from a very old library book, and drawings from a favorite of mine, Ken Hultgren's The Art of Animal Drawing, a wonderful Dover Publication. At USWFS I found wonderful pen and ink drawings of deer, by Bob Hines. Have fun practicing. 

This watercolor of whitetail deer I started last year when we did this lesson. I did a few more touches on it this year.


Posted by Catinka Knoth at 1:40 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2006 2:06 PM EST
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Sunday, 1 October 2006
Watercolor Lesson
Topic: Watercolor Lesson
Just a note: I thought I had some entries under this topic and found that so far all the watercolor lessons are under the topic 'watercolor class'.  As soon as I put up a new lesson it will go under this topic list (watercolor lesson).

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:01 AM EDT
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