Watercolor Workshop Information
Basic supplies and how to choose them- I buy most of my supplies for Jerrys Artarama. The prices are excellent.
Palette – Because clean color is critical to my work, I use a palette with LOTS of wells and even make more of them with marine caulk. This is also my travel palette. However, you might want one which is smaller. For a while I had 2 small palettes instead of 1 large one. So think through how you will use your palette what is it you want to do and what would you actually take with you.
Brushes – I have found a new series of brushes to be very good Rhapsedy Rounds. Originally they were very inexpensive, but unfortunately they have increased in cost. However, if taken care of they will last for ever. Sizes 4,6 and 8 are good to start with.If these are too expensive, inexpensive synthetic hair brushes will work as well to get you started.
If these Also if you like to paint big get an inexpensive flat brush. If you can afford it an Oriental Art Supplies Orchid Bamboo Medium is excellent for expressive brush work.
Paint – Beginning colors are Cobalt Blue, Rose Madder, Aureolin Yellow and Opera. I use Winsor and Newton paints however any of the major brands will work. Do not buy student grade or cheap brands as they often use synthetic pigments which will dull your work.
Paper– Inexpensive watercolor paper is good for practice. We will discuss better grade paper during our workshop so you can choose what will work for you.
If you are new to watercolor and are unsure if this is a medium in which you want to invest in supplies bring to class a small cheap palette – these can be purchased at Shirleys in Hancock and inexpensive brushes. For $5 I can give you squirts of good professional grade colors to play with.
Asian Ink Painting Workshop Information
The goal of this workshop is to introduce students to new ways of seeing watercolor’s potential especially in the use of the brush. Economical brush stroke, which is completely what Asian Ink Painting is about, can liven and clean watercolor expression. Understanding as well, Asian composition philosophies opens new ways of seeing objects to be painted.
I highly recommend you purchase good supplies and from OAS. Most of the Asian supplies for sale in this country of even in Asian counties where tourists frequent will only be an exercise in frustration when used for actual painting.
Only one brush is truly needed to start. I use this one brush for everything from very fine barely seeable lines to thick washes. It is the Orchid Bamboo Brush M.
Ink Stick Yellow Mountain Pine has a rich amount of pigment ratio to binder
Suzuri or grinding stone. if you can afford one with a top go for it!
Paper- single suen buy as much as you can afford. Practicing on this paper will advance your brush strokes quicker.
At workshops I will provide: Paper, Vegetable Colors and Sumi
You will also need to bring to the workshop or for your own work at home:
–about 30 x 30 piece of white felt
–plenty of white smaller containers
PREPARING YOUR BRUSH
If you purchase a brush, please do the following as this will make sure it is in excellent shape and will also prolong its life.
#1. Remove plastic case and throw away
#2. Soak brush in warm water for 10 minutes. You can feel the change in the water as the sizing is released from the brush.
#3. Let air dry preferable with tip hanging down so water does not drip up into the bamboo
#4. Soak again Repeat until the water does not feel slimy.