Twenty two guild members participated in a Workshop “ The essence of the Blue Ridge Mountains” taught by Peg Sheridan, May 7-8-9, 2019.
The class began with short introductions and self evaluation of how well we thought we painted, beginner, intermediate, mmmm ???, or advanced intermediate. Then Peg told us about herself and her life as a scientist, a wildlife biologist, (looking for snowy Owls) a mother, a teacher, and a watercolor artist of 37 years.
The first day we learned about aerial perspective. We painted mountains with different blues and a tiny bit of Burnt Siena to create grey and also used a miracle ingredient, white gauche. We used this to create the mist, the fog, that so often creeps in over the Blue Ridge mountains.
The second day we painted rocks and water. We learned lots of techniques to enhance and give texture to our rocks; salt, saran rap, tin foil, and scrapping with a credit card. Creating believable waterfalls was a bit more of a challenge. We again learned to use quache and worked at making believable waterfalls. Spattering makes the tiny little sparkles that causes foaming water look so real.
The third day we learned how to create the feel of misty mountains —-to create mood. This is done with granulating colors, mixing red, blue and yellow.
Planning your painting with a value study is key to creating a masterpiece, Peg told us. And she told us over and over to “buy quality paper. Her favorite is Arches.
Peg gave us all wonderfully written instructions and marvelous demonstrations. Thank you Peg for an inspirational three days!