With summer winding down, it’s time to think about classes again! A new venue will be added this season. Lyon’s Lake Restaurant http://lyons-lake.com/ will host a class entitled “Painting Lyons Lake in Watercolor” on September 26. Here’s just an example of the possibilities with a little bit of time, patience, and some wine! The class will run two hours at a fee of $20 for all materials and instruction. Subjects for this class are from Lyon’s Lake photo archives and some added by the instructor. This unique location provides beautiful lakeside views and delightful sunsets. The food is wonderful and so are the beverages. Class size is limited to twelve. Contact yankeefloral @ yahoo.com to reserve a space.
Waterford Harbor Farmers Market https://sites.google.com/view/waterfordharborfarmersmarket/home is another location my hometown location, is a delightful location for teaching on some Sundays during the market season. The next class will be Sept 7 and 8 during the Tugboat Rally. This is a “drop in” class of short duration with simple subjects to acquaint people to the medium.
Lovely people dock along our waterfront from all over the world. I was fortunate to have this brave woman try watercolor for the first time. She was extremely happy with her results. I was grateful to have met her! This format for me is one that I will continue for many years to come. This is Yankee Floral’s ninth season at the market and the fifth season instructing. Even if you don’t want to paint, come check out our offerings!
Later in the year more classes will be posted on the Yankee Floral facebook site. Please check in occasionally. Astral Journeys https://www.astraljourneyscenter.com/ in Albany will be hosting for a unique class on “Dragonflies and Butterflies” with the date to be determined. This is an example of what can be done in a two hour period with good paper, brushes, and paint! I hope to see some of you there!
Much of my time these days is spent doing those things that I never had a chance to do when I was working. I now hike, kayak, travel, and yes paint! I paint a lot. When traveling, I am always taking photos of interesting textures, colors, or subjects to use for future work. This ornamental cherry tree in a garden at the Columbia Zoo is just one that I’d decided to paint as a commission. I started with a quick study of one of the branches and produced an acceptable version but wasn’t happy with the lavender background. I decided to use powder pastel to change the tone and texture. It added a unique quality and I followed up with additional work using this method. The original study became part of my body of work available for sale at Waterford Harbor Farmers Market. Here’s another example of mixed media quick study.
A modest goal was to paint consistently and often. I was able to enroll in many courses and applied the lessons learned. I joined art societies and painted every Tuesday afternoon with friends, Pat and Albina. Here’s just one of the larger pieces I’d done from my own photos. I was working on hot press paper and having difficulty with how the paint worked on the surface . I continued and learned what paper worked for me at that stage period in my life. I needed focus and dedication to one project.
Here’s an example of those early days. I had little to sell but developed a card line. This worked well for years as I was able to provide representative samples of my work. I often had repeat customers and did get a few commissions also.
“Peony and Cherry Blossom” was one of my first commissions. I loved this painting as it was a first anniversary gift from my friend Judy to her daughter. Why this matters is that I’d done the wedding flowers for the wedding. A friendship developed between Judy and I as a result. I am forever grateful!
Many a “quick study” turned into a category called “Little Originals” selling for $5to $40 which have provided me with many and enjoyable afternoon with my yet growing group of painting friends Gary, Karen, and George. Apple blossoms was painted using 140 lb Arches paper and Holbein watercolors. The background is unique as I’d used salt technique. “Dragonfly” was another using a material called “Brusho” . I loved the result!
Forgotten railroads have been the subjects of my work. As a result, this month’s blog is about my latest watercolor. “Oxford, Pa”, the watercolor, is a memory come to life. Personal photos and visits to sites are the inspiration. In addition, this little town named Oxford holds childhood memories. The Purina Chow mill remained being serviced by the Octoraro Railroad.
The Octoraro Railroad was a short line railroad. It operated on what had been the Pennsylvania Railroad. This RS-2 engine, was from the Toledo, Peoria, and Western Railroad. It was sold to the Octoraro in 1983.
There is much gratitude for having such an opportunity to paint this scene.
These days it would seem that my joy comes from helping others learn to express themselves in watercolor. Since mid winter, I have been teaching basic watercolor classes at the Waterford Halfmoon Senior Center. It is quite surprising how students advance when they are interested. Margaret said that she couldn’t paint. This was her first larger work and only the fourth watercolor. With a little guidance, she has completed this vibrant painting.Five students arrived at 2pm to continue work on their “The sky’s the limit” painting which was structured to have them paint sky and water very casually. They picked from provided photocolor copies of various land and sea. Gary liked the simplicity of grasses and dunes and only his third watercolor.Connie had taken a course with me during a convention. She was new to this methodology and had to sketch this time. Her process is structured and patient. She learned through this painting what layering of color is all about. As she practiced, she relaxed. She’s using several watercolor tools (pencil, pen, and 0000 brushes for her grasses) and a bit of white gouache for the froth on the waves.Next friday will be the completion of this session. All plan on framing their paintings. I’m very proud of them!