Purple pansies, watercolor over pencil

We will be painting pansies and other fall blooming flowers at the Belmont Mansion of Belmont University, in Nashville, TN on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th. For registration, follow the link here. Community Education at Watkins College of Art is now part of Belmont’s Leu College of Art. We will spend day one out in the gardens of the mansion and day 2 will be in the studio to complete paintings. All the steps from preliminary sketches to the under drawing to the final painting will be covered. Please join us!

Pansy, Stage one 2 drawing

In the beginning, we might start with preliminary sketches until we find a layout that is pleasing to the eye. From there it can either be redrawn on watercolor paper or transferred using tracing paper. Appropriate tools for transferring will be covered and demonstrated. I like the transfer method because I can keep the tracing for future paintings, using all or parts of the original drawing in new works. A tracing can be the gift that keeps on giving!

Stage One paint

After the lay out is complete and the under drawing is finished, we begin choosing the paints we will need and start the glazing process. Glazing layers of washes is crucial to the development of deep velvety textures, in my opinion. I have long preferred this as a way to get richness. However I have seen the work of many fantastic artists who do not use this technique. It becomes a matter of preference. Try it and see how you like it. You may prefer layering too!

Layering continues as we methodically glaze sometimes adding new colors to the washes as we go. Patience is required in letting each wash dry before applying the next glaze. Breathing in patience adds a peaceful feeling to the process. The beauty of the garden can’t be rushed.

Pansy, stage 5

Following our laying method, we carry on. Sometimes it becomes difficult to remain patient and methodical. Rushing the process can make Boo-boo’s happen. We will even go into repairing those little mishaps.

I invite you to join us in September for the first time our workshop will be held on the grounds of the beautiful Belmont Mansion. We will paint pansies and other beautiful fall blooms. Day two in the studio we’ll complete the paintings started in the garden on Saturday. In case of in climate weather, we’ll do both days in the studio but still have the opportunity to paint from the what’s growing in the gardens.

Here is the link again to sign up. Hope to see you there!

PS. The first person to spot the Boo-boo and its repair in the final painting photo at the top of the post, will receive a special Musgraves Unigraph Drawing Pencil in 5H. Let me know and I’ll mail it to you!