Canson watercolor 7X10” sketchbook LANDSCAPE format not portrait
1 sheet of Arches 22’x30" 140 lb cold press (watercolor blocks not encouraged)
NO Strathmore or student grade, but Fabriano 140 lb is okay
Gator board or foam core for mounting your paper. (Gator board can be purchased and cut for you at SC Art Supply. You can share this expense with someone else taking the workshop. This board should be a board 12”x16” or larger as we’ll be working on 1/4 sheets of paper (11”X15”)
Brushes: Any #8 #12 or #14 round- Black Velvet is a nice brand. Bring any brushes with you and we can discuss their merits and limitations. And I will bring flats and other sized rounds for you to experiment with.
Pencils: I prefer working with a mechanical pencil 0.7 or 0.5 as they leave less carbon print on the paper, but an HB pencil will do. Also an kneaded eraser as it ls less abrasive on the paper surface.
Pigments: I have been gravitating more and more to Daniel Smith brand but WInsor Newton, Holbein and Da Vinci are all good brands, as are all the pigments carried at SC Art Supply. But please no student grade or pans.
Greens: Viridian and Phtalo Green - YELLOW shade (DS) or Hooker’s Green
if you already have it
Yellow: Quinacridone Gold (DS) and any other yellows you might have on
Oranges and Reds: Quinacridone Burnt Orange (DS) or Burnt Sienna if you
already have it on hand
Quin Rose (DS) or Permanent Rose
Carmine (DS) or Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Orange (DS) or Cadmium Orange
Blues: Cobalt Blue and any blue green (manganese, cobalt turquoise, marine blue or horizon blue)
( I encourage you to bring your own pigments if you have them on hand as we will be doing color swatches in the workshop)
Color Wheel. I will supply you with a value scale. Any returning students, please bring this along.
Palette: John Pike, Steve Quiller or Holbein are all fine but WAIT to fill wells until the workshop
Sketch book for note taking and sketching. Roll of paper towels and/or box of tissues, reference material (photos sketches etc for 2nd day of workshop)
An introductory class for beginners…
Learn how to start a successful watercolor from the very start so you can paint with ease. Susan will introduce helpful tips as well as the very basics of watercolor so you can have a great start to your artistic endeavors. You’ll leave class with the tools that will allow you to achieve great drawings, beautiful gradients, and more!
I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. After graduating from college, I taught drawing and painting at the secondary level, and later found other creative outlets: illustrating a children’s book, and working on set direction for the Smithsonian Institution and also at a maritime museum in New York. After a twenty year career in advertising and graphic ad design, I retired, and now I am painting full time in the medium of watercolor.
Artists of the past and the present speak to me with their music, stories and poems. However, it is with painters that I feel a special kinship.Painting is my way of expressing delight in my everyday surroundings. I walk the beaches and observe the moods of the ocean and the people at play and contemplation. I delight in the patterns created by sunlight playing on palm fronds, the subtle color gradations of foliage, and the majesty of the old oak trees and sycamores indigenous to this part of the world.