Monday, November 12, 2007

Welcome to Watercolor Muse

Thanks to some fabulous watercolorists who attended my fall 2006 Watercolor Landscape Painting Workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, we are starting a blog for all past, present and future watercolorists who have or might come to the lovely Smoky Mountains and join me to work, paint, think, laugh, and enjoy "wine downs" at the end of the day.

Highlights in 2006 included:
Making 12 stroke paintings (Is that like a 12 step program, someone laughed?)
Nightly "wine downs" to critique our day's efforts in good spirits.
"Dirty pictures" made literally by throwing some river bank mud onto a wet, rich wash.
(You can't imagine the wonderful surprises once it all dried.)
What about those fun visits from the woodturners?

Let's cheer and hopefully hear from (in alphabetical order):
Barbara: "One of the Black sisters" triumphed with her river landscapes and her skull/pottery still life.
Betty: She was one of our advanced duo and sat with Joyce and they problem-solved and critiqued each other, making ever better landscapes each day.
Cecelia: She inspired us with her wonderful blended washes and sea scapes.
David: He brought in a great color wheel, books, and already polished skills.
Eleanor (CA): She achieved a great, complex river scene.
Eleanor (VA): She honed already fine pastel skills, especially with a moody river scene.
Jackie: She inspired everyone with her unique view of two distinct trees by the river and made a haunting watercolor from this humble subject.
Joyce: She's the other of the advanced duo, making inspiring, rich landscapes filled with subtle and dramatic color alongside Betty.
Kay (CA): Remember her wonderful 'fauve' cabin and Audibon-like twigs with lichen?
Kay (TN): She achieved a olvely, layered snow scene that had been on her mind.
Lalla: She was always the last to put her brush down, especially outside, making numerous rich landscapes and tied with Libby for 'most prolific.'
Laurel: "The other Black sister" made a super 12 stroke painting and landscapes leaving luscious areas of white space.
Libby: She's our Katrina survivor, how blessed we were she made it! She ramped up her compositional skills and made some rich, deeply layered watercolors, churning out a commendable output of work.
Martha: She made a haunting steer scull still life from the Arrowmont's superb collection.
Margaret: We won't forget her moving story about being a rural art teacher in Tennessee nor forget her wonderful flower still life.