The last few workshops I have participated in as instructor/facilitator/coach here locally in Sylva and Franklin were so much fun. I am always exhausted after two intense days of trying to pour everything I know about traditional watercolor techniques out onto the eager students.
Workshops are intense. I feel compelled to share everything I know and as much as I have heard secondhand about how to use watercolor. The way I use watercolor on 140 pound cold press paper is only one way to use the medium.
There is dry brush and pouring and charging and well you get the idea.
I use it another way too – on plate surfaces and I have yet to try and teach anyone about that because I am still trying to figure that out! That is the work that I have in galleries now. It is something I invented and am still inventing.
But you have to start somewhere.
The best place to start however, is to draw. Draw and draw all the time. Look at things around you and draw them. Draw your hand and your feet, the lamps and the tables, the cups, the plates, the stove, the dog, the cat. Draw until you feel your eye moving in sync with your hand. Do line drawings and contour drawings and perspective. Learn shading, hatching, stippling and then do it again.
Once you learn to see shape and relationships between shapes and the negative shapes between them start looking at color. Look at the colors in shadow and full light. Look at the light as it bounces and where it goes and if it becomes cool or warm.
You have your work cut out for you. Fill up sketch book after sketch book or get you an iPad and iPencil and a drawing program and fill it up file after file. I dare you.
And if you want – come paint with me. I promise to give you everything I’ve got. You may find out at the end that this is simply something you don’t want to take much time doing. And that is okay. But you’ll never know unless you try.
Hey Pam, I don’t know that you remember me, but I know you remember my parents, Virginia and Elwyn Harris from Chadbourn. My siblings may have already written you, but we had a great time remembering you and Earl after my middle sister, Ellyn, had something come up about a painting of Amanda Gorman from artist Pam Haddock. After she sent out email asking, I found your picture (I’m the last person on earth not on Facebook) and you look so much like you looked when we were all younger! I hope that you are well and that Earl is well. I still live in Chatham County and actually had neighbors move to Sylva many years ago and I wondered about you and Earl there. My neighbors were Ryan and Megan (they were both in medical profession) and I’m drawing a blank on their last names. Your painting of our grandmother as a girl belongs to our daughter, Hadley, now. They live in New Bern (she works at Tryon Palace as a gardener) and she and her husband, Alejandro, just had a baby (Mateo) last August. Carolyn and Ralph are still in Jacksonville, NC, Ellyn lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC and Everett lives in Arlington, MA. Daddy and Mama were so fond of you all and I believe it was reciprocated.
Hoping you are well. You are certainly gifted and productive. I love your enthusiasm for your art–just so nice to see you as you are now.
Excuse my excessive email. This really did unlock many fond memories!
Take care, Suzanne