I was invited back to the Lakeland Art League for a Full-Day Workshop on October 3rd, 2019. I want to thank all for attending in Minocqua, Wisconsin. I am always impressed with this group of artists. All of you did a great job and should be proud of your accomplishments.
It was requested for this workshop I do a demonstration to a finished painting using the entire day. Since we were in the middle of colorama in the Great Northwoods it seemed appropriate we do an autumn painting. I choose a fall scene from my personal collection of photographs. It was of a country road that wandered through the golden woods and downhill a sleepy dirt road.
The only thing that the students were allowed to draw was the road in perspective. From that point, I began painting large mass areas of value and color.
The colors used for this autumnal painting were:
The paper I was working with was a 300-pound Indigo paper which can only be ordered from DickBlick.com. This is a wonderfully textured paper and also flexible for painting different subjects. Remember one must be careful with this paper – it's a softer paper and cannot take the scrubbing that Arches 300-pound can handle. But it has a beautiful handmade feel and look.
If you want to see my complete supply list go to my Supply List & Library Page on this website. I try to update often with new materials and my thoughts about products out there.
HERE'S SOME LINKS
Here are the links to supplies and books I talked about during our time together. I have linked the products so it will be easy to find.
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The point of this painting was to establish all the tree masses and the road before thinking about the secondary masses. Within the second washes, dark patterns became more established in the road edges more defined. I began working up into the trees with the subtle darks and changes in temperature of color. Using cadmium yellow medium and alizarin crimson gave the painter simulations of autumn oranges
From this point in the watercolor painting, I placed trees where they were needed compositionally starting in the background with a lighter, grayer and cooler trees. Working forward with more tree trunks they became darker and warmer in temperature. Branches were placed where needed and dark accents were added into the foliage. To give the road more distinction I added the proverbial ruts to define the road just a little bit further. I also felt the painting must tell a story so the viewer stays around a bit longer. During the day, I shared visual examples, past experiences and splashed with humor. All of this was done in a one-day workshop with questions throughout the day.
At the end of the day, I like to reward my students with a painting and this time Lisa Krueger won a Fine Art Giclée Prints, Cabin on the Pond. Watercolor. I also donated a watercolor painting to the Lakeland Art League. Each year they raise money for a scholarship supporting the artists of tomorrow. I'm more than happy to help such a noble cause.
I have taught over 2300 students in my 41+ years. My teaching style is clear and simple. The student will experience a unique step-by-step instruction in transparent watercolor. Teaching as a paint-along allows the student to watch, go back and recreate what was just painted. My experience with this technique of sharing information allows the artist to retain more instruction. I also stress to my students to ask as many questions as they wish while I'm is painting. There is no such thing as a stupid question. I also encourage the student not to only take notes but to snap pictures with their cameras. I feel sharing my knowledge in all ways is the key to excellent learning.
I want to thank Lisa and Deb for organizing this workshop for the Lakeland Art League. It’s always a pleasure to work with this fine group of passionate artists. As always I had a really great time.
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Dillman’s Artist Workshop Retreat Four-Day Workshop The Disneyland For Passionate Fine Artists In The Great Northwoods Of Wisconsin
I recently had a four-day watercolor workshop at Dillman’s Bay Resort on White Sands Lake in Lac Du Flambeau, WI dillmans.com. The Great Northwoods and Dillman’s is a wonderful place to cultivate your artistic talents. I was honored to be invited to their creative community. This year there were 44 nationally know professional art teachers sharing their vast talents and knowledge.
On Sunday evening Dillman’s Artist Workshop Retreat kicked off the four workshops with a Welcome Reception or as I call it a meet-and-greet which consisted of wine and appetizers. This was a great time to connect with my students and other instructors. Dillman’s owners, Sue and Denny Robertson introduced all the instructors – I was in good company:
Each teacher came-up and introduce themselves talked about themselves and gave a general synopsis of their class and the procedure of how the workshop was gonna be conducted.
We finished the evening with a great catered dinner of salmon, roasted chicken, wild rice, roasted Brussel sprouts, and Caesar salad. This was followed by freshly brewed coffee and a selection of amazing desserts. Sue and Denny and their family Stephanie and Todd sure know how to through a party and make everyone feel right at home!
MORNING SESSION: NO PENCIL DRAWING EXERCISE
We pushed up our sleeves started working on a watercolor painting of a woodland scene that had strong light and dark patterns. It was a photo with pines and a slight haze in the background. I selected this exercise because nature is very forgiving. First, I told the group that we would just start painting. Yes, this exercise was free form—no drawing. We block in to begin the process of building a painting. While we painted the painting I had the student pay close attention to the light and dark masses. These set the foundation for building the secondary masses to apply the detail.
I wanted my students to paint the very first impression of the light and dark patterns of this photo. In the three-step process, I show the students a very simple process on how to build a painting. Once all the large and secondary masses were complete the detail applied.
MEEDEN GIFT: I enjoy sharing new finds with the students. I talked about a set of brushes I received from my wife for my birthday this year. They are made by MEEDEN, Squirrel Hair Cat's Tongue Shape Paint Brushes-3-piece set. This real hair brushes offer a versatile thick to thin stroke and hold a tremendous amount of water and pigment. Here’s a link to my 2019 Popovich's Field Journal blog review about the brushes: If you are interested here’s a link. I gave away a set of these brushes to one of my lucky students, Debra A.!
AFTERNOON SESSION: AUTUMN
Next, I demonstrated with a new paint I was introduced to earlier this year at the Watercolor Society of Indiana. They had a guest speaker, Valerie Allen from Golden Colors talking about their products. It takes a lot to impress me – I’ve been painting for 43 years and I thought I had seen it all. I stand corrected! I have fallen in love with QOR Watercolors.
I did a short talk about QoR brand followed by a demonstration using these quality watercolor paints. To learn more about QoR read my blog post and watch my video review. Here’s a link to my supply list and my go-to QoR paints.
This photo was taken last fall in Marenisco on old rt. 2 along the Presque Isle River, Michigan. QoR’s watercolors intensity was perfect for this particular subject. I painted full force, no graying of color as you can see this was a very intense fall scene and very fitting to show off the quality of QoR watercolor paints.
The second phase I slowly grayed down the shadow areas and added more color to the light areas to pump the intensity.
Final, I put in the extreme darks in the river. Adding intense colors in the water and finally took the position of the trees to support the composition of the foliage.
MORNING SESSION: SNOWY WISCONSIN RIVER
The first painting of the second day was a winter photo of the headwaters of the Wisconsin River. This was taken on New Year's Day a few years back. Marilee and I make it a point to visit this area every year on .the first of January.
During this exercise my students did a very basic line drawing using no more than five lines. Before painting, I explained in the winter white snow or objects appear cooler in temperature near you and gets warmer as it recedes away.
I also explained the temperature differences between ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, and cerulean blue.
I started by blocking in the background with a combination of ultramarine and cobalt blues with a touch of sap green. Then came forward using cobalt and cerulean through the river and bits of the foreground.
The second wash I begin building the tree masses allowing the first wash to show through to help create distance. Then brought those colors down into the river which would reflect all the colors up above in the background.
For the final wash, I approach the painting by going back to the background, adjusted for darker values, putting in details on the bank of the river and worked into the river. I again used combinations of all colors not covering all previous washes allowing them to show through to add depth, texture, and interest.
This particular exercise was also painted freeform meaning no drawing just painting the large light and dark patterns. I started with my usual block in method by painting from background to foreground and large areas to small areas. I washed in the cool gray down colors in the background working forward two more intense and darker color.
When everything was in place and the block in was dry I began placing the masses of trees, forming the shorelines and giving movement to the water. I finished up by placing larger trees in the foreground.
To finish up I added details to the trees, more emphasis on the shoreline and a few accents of color.
MORNING SESSION: FARMSTEAD IN THE WOODS
I’m quite familiar with this is a subject as it is a couple miles through the woods from our cabin. I often wonder the history of the land, the hardworking people that owned it and who works the land today.
I begin this painting by washing in the sky in the background. Then coming through the trees while the sky was still wet and into the foreground grasses. Finishing up with a light tint on each building.
My plan of action for the second phase of the painting was to place a stronger emphasis on the bows of the pines coming down to the buildings separating light from shadow. Continuing on to the foreground I had it textures and defined the road leading to the garage. While the foreground was still wet I speckled it with my toothbrush using all colors on my pallet to help unify the painting.
I finished up the painting by adding the trunks of the trees, accents of color around it on the focal point and shadows across the roofs of the buildings.
AFTERNOON SESSION: OAK TREE
I have to apologize I didn’t take any photos of this painting stages, a grand old oak. I got so wrapped-up in demoing and instructing that I just plain forgot. I once again used Indigo paper. In fact, Denny stopped in with our afternoon snacks. He is also an accomplished watercolorist and was quite interested in this handmade paper. I gave Denny a sample for him to experiment with. If you want to take Indigo paper for a test drive you can only find it online at Dick Blick’s.
I began by blocking in all the foliage of the tree and underneath, the background and then the foreground. I went back into the foliage modeling the dark areas forming some of the leaf patterns and cooling things down in the shadows.
The second phase of this painting was to form the trunk and branches weaving in and out of the mass foliage. Picking and choosing where branches go is according to the pattern in which was created. The tree trunk was moved slightly to the left, smaller branches were added, and I use my toothbrush for a spattering of lighter value color and accents to the darker areas.
The third phase of this painting was to initiate detail in the trunk, darken some of the branches and finally, working on the foreground adding textures of the grasses and ferns.
MORNING SESSION: SNOWY ROAD
I instructed the students to take great care in drawing the road to get the perspective correct. A small building was added at the end of the road and I also added a figure walking up the road. As you will notice both additions were not in the photo but I told my students before you start you must determine not only what story you want to tell, but how, why and with what visual qualities.
I began by washing in the sky gray is blue in the background quickly adding the treetops of the pines coming down to the foliage which has a slight crimson color. Then down to the foreground adding in the warmth of the grasses paying very close attention to the delineation of the road.
Going back to the pines in the background taken care of forming the tops of the pines for better identification washing down into the pines where they overlap taking a little bit less care on the actual form but paying attention to the masses. Then came down to the area below it painting in a gray down crimson color adding blues and yellows towards the bottom. From there I began forming the grasses in the lower right-hand corner allowing the white of the paper to create the snow. Working across to the road again paying attention to the perspective of the road. I added a wash of raw and burnt siennas warming the road as it came closer.
Finally adding details of small trees, smoke from the cabin and a figure walking down the road. I decided to add a wash of shadow across the foreground to indicate the coolness of the scene.
After lunch, Dillman’s had a Farewell Reception and Show & Tell in the lobby. The faculty introduced each of their students and the students shared one piece of work from the workshop. They also received an Artistic License which was a nice token of their this lovely memory. Did I mention we toasted each other with champagne and tasty desserts?
In the afternoon the students chose to have a critique of their work. We meet on the deck enjoying the lovely Great Northwoods late August weather. I surprised my students and gave each one of a demo from the workshop. I enjoy talking to them individually, getting to know them and helping them to truly see the beauty of watercolor. I had fun instructing each one of the students – boy did the time fly. A great memory of a wonderful workshop.
From there we went to the pizza party in the lodge celebrating a wonderful time with all the students and teachers. This workshop was an incredible experience which I hope you can experience someday.
I had six wonderful students from limited ability to advanced ability. My focus in this workshop was painted large areas of darks and lights, learning how to build the painting from the background to the foreground. Details or put in at the very end of the demonstration. Each demonstration I did for about 10 to 15 minutes and would stop allowing the students to simulate I was just demonstrated. This procedure demonstrating is what one would call a paint-along or a step-by-step instruction. We did many types of scenes from autumn, winter, spring, and summer with water, snow, and foliage – all the splendor of the Great Northwoods.
Everybody had a wonderful time during the four days and the class did a total of seven paintings.
Dillman’s is an experience by itself, they made you feel like family. Denny and Sue introduced all the instructors to the students of all classes so you could become familiar with other teachers. You could have dinner with Denny, the teachers, and students every night if wish go. There was an amazing turnout of 25 folks each night. One day at lunch Captain Denny took a group on a noon boat ride on a pontoon. The care that Denny and Sue take with the faculty and the students that attend the workshops was above and beyond any other workshop that I’ve given. They are unrivaled by any workshop I have seen attended or heard about. At the end of the four-days, they had a show & tell for the students and faculty each student received an artistic license which is a nice token of their this lovely memory.
"Over my painting journey, I’ve attended several workshops. Dale Popovich is an award - winning artist, who creates unforgettably beautiful watercolor paintings. Many of my workshop instructors have also been excellent at their craft. But none compare with this instructor’s generosity, individual help, caring, and overall teaching ability.
Dale provided frequent but short demonstrations, supplemented with explanation as he painted. Immediately following each demo, students painted that portion of the scene while it was fresh in their mind. As students painted, he constantly circulated, offering help whenever needed.
Dale Popovich created a positive class atmosphere in which students were free to ask questions (some with light-hearted bantering while they learned}. Each student came away with demonstrable accomplishments and, most important, a feeling of inspiration."
– Marion Wiley
2019 Watercolor Workshop at Dillman’s Bay Resort
The concentration of this workshop was on large patterns of value and color also taking note of the temperature and textures of the scene. All of the paintings were done with no drawing on the paper. I wanted them to concentrate on the values first and the colors and temperatures While they created the patterns of light and dark. This allowed them to have an emphasis on the handling of the watercolor, how it flowed, how it dried and the patterns which come from not only a wet on wet handling but, wet and dry paper.
I suggested some of my favorite supplies and books at the workshop. I like let my students experience new and different materials -- they are so expensive and I feel it's my responsibility as an art teacher to share. I let my students take the cat's tongue brushes for a test-drive, try the Indigo paper, and QoR paints. Here are my go-to materials and books:
It wasn't all work. On the third day Karen, who lives in Fish Creek invited the group for some wine, snacks and local artisan cheeses. Karen and her husband Joe have a beautiful, inviting home. They have a lovely piece of property and Karen has quite a green thumb! It was great getting to know everyone, their friends and husbands.
While I was working my wonderful wife, Marilee traveled from one small town to another stopping in at antique shops, art galleries and looking for the perfect cup of Door County coffee which are abundant throughout the peninsula. One of my students, Karen gave Marilee a list of places to visit and where to find the perfect cherry pie. Below is some of her iPhone photo album of her travels. Click on the image and view each business web site.
Marilee went on a hiking trip at The Clearing, Jens Jensen’s Sanctuary. The Clearing is located at the far northern point of Door County and is a folk school which means there are no grades just the pleasure of learning. Needless to say, she had a great time!
This man's resume is quite impressive:
• Chicago Parks including superintendent of the 200 acre Humboldt Park in 1895. His design work for the city can be seen at Lincoln Park, Douglas Park, and Columbus Park.
• Jensen played a role in building support for the preservation of part of the Indiana Dunes sand dune ecosystem.
• His designs have a deep connection to the Midwestern landscape. To read more about this amazing man Click Here.
THE CLEARINGS MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of The Clearing is to provide diverse educational experiences in the folk school tradition, in a setting of quiet forests, meadows and water. The Clearing is a place where adults who share an interest in nature, arts or humanities can learn, reflect and wonder.
This is in keeping with the goals of Jens Jensen, founder of The Clearing, who loved it as a special place where one could feel kinship with the earth and reassess one’s life.
In the evening after the workshop, we visited a different restaurant each evening. Wild Tomato featuring a fire-roasted pizza with the best Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, and the Lure served up an amazing perch fish fry and Door County cherry cobbler. Along with fabulous sites of Door County, we experienced one of the best shows of a sunset over the bay at where else Sunset Beach.
I also want to mention the staff at the Peninsula School of Art was very accommodating and wonderfully kind people. Thank you again, Elysia Michaelsen, Director of Education and Tori Daubner, Registrar.
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FREE OFFER: Sign up for my four-day Peninsula School of Art Mentoring Watercolor Workshop and get a free online course
Updated July 1, 2019
That's right when you sign-up for my mentoring workshop you can continue your watercolor studies in the comfort of your own studio. You will receive a code the first day of class to log in to Towering Winds Academy of Fine Art online school. This way you can continue your learning with me. This course is yours FREE as long as the school is around. And if you have questions or want to share your work with me I'm always there for you.
Wet-into-Wet Watercolor: $50.00 Value
4-Day Mentoring Watercolor Workshop
in Door County, WI
JuLY 10-13• 9 AM-4 PM daily
Painting Nature's Wonders
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Peninsula School of Art
3900 Co Rd F
Fish Creek, WI 54212, USA
Step by step. Walk away with more.
The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a painter’s paradise. Explore the beauty of nature as you conquer the medium of transparent watercolor and gain a deeper understanding of its unique properties, techniques, and tools.
Step-by-step instruction will lead you through the creation of a series of paintings. How to block in a painting, interpret color, value, and temperatures, use different watercolor-specific processes, and create sound compositions will be emphasized. Dale will provide individualized feedback throughout each exercise and painting. Photo references of various types of landscapes will be supplied by the instructor.
Please ask the PSA for the workshop supply list. Landscape photo references will be supplied by the instructor.
My dear wife, Marilee surprised me with a set of cat's tongue brushes for my birthday back in April. These brushes are made by MEEDEN and the set included a number 12, 8 and 4. I have to say I haven’t enjoyed using new brushes like this for a long time!
I have been very content with my brushes for a long, long time. They are like old familiar friends. In fact, some are over 40 years old. I know how they will respond to my painting style and needs. This is something that you learn through time.
What’s nice about all of these cat's tongue brushes is you can manipulate them in brushstrokes from large to small in a single brushstroke. The #12 brush is used for large washes. The #8 brush should be used for medium size areas. The #4 is excellent for finishing details.
Photos courtesy MEEDEN
Here's the info:
• Squirrel Hair Oval Paint Brushes really holds a lot of water and pigment
• I have been using consistently for nearly three months and no hair has come out--not one!
• Cat's tongue shape is perfect for watercolors
• Its unique point provides a good range of brush strokes and techniques to produce your work of art
• 3 Pieces set – Sizes: #4, #8, #12
I let all of my students experience these brushes during classes and workshops. It's like taking a car out for a test drive. Surprisingly they are now recommending them to their artist friends.
I quite often t get asked about my brushes by my students. Some actually call my old brushes 'Popovich's magic paintbrushes!' In my opinion, these are as close to magic as you can get. If you would like to purchase the MEEDEN Cat's Tongue Brush set CLICK HERE.
These are the perfect brush for any watercolorist.
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My 2-day mentoring watercolor workshop in Nashville, Indiana was a success with just the three students in attendance. If anyone knows me I like to keep my classes small so I can dedicate as much time to each student. I never want to see a lost look on their faces. This was what I call a mentoring workshop. I had lots of questions during the 2 days which is always wonderful because I like inquiring students
My wife, Marilee and I enjoy the drive down to Nashville. When posable we take the less traveled route down Rt 41 through Attica and Rockville. It was sad to see so many fields hadn't been planting yet because of the incredible amount of rain this spring across the Midwest. What we did see was vast fields planted with golden hay and straw. The color palette was breathtaking. The golds, greens, and fluffy white clouds in a soft blue sky. If there was an ability to plein air painting while driving.
WELCOME TO THE "LITTLE SMOKY MOUNTAINS"
Brown County, IN is a mecca for artists. Known as the Little Smoky Mountains Indiana's beautiful artistic hill country, The drive into Nashville never ceases to amaze me. According to WGN 9 TV in Chicago, Brown County has more artists per capita than anywhere else in the Midwest. Once you visit this area its easy to understand why artists are drawn to its beauty. The rolling hills, lush forests, and winding roads along with picturesque cottages make for a perfect canvas.
BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY
Here's a little history about the historic Brown County Art Gallery. The gallery has a rich history. The gallery was established in 1926 by the early members of an important regional art colony who began exploring rural southern Indiana in the 1890s. These early artists had been trained in the best art schools of Europe and America and were attracted to the rolling hills of Brown County because it offered both dramatic landscapes and interesting people to serve as subjects for their work.
In 1926, they formed the Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association, which I am a member of and set up a gallery in a former grocery store donated by a patron. For over eight decades, the Gallery has managed to survive wars, depressions, recessions, fire, and relocation, making it one of the oldest galleries in the United States.
The Brown County Art Gallery Foundation has 400 paintings and artifacts in its Permanent Collection. When the Gallery was founded by the early artists in 1926, many of the artists donated paintings and other items to the Gallery to create an ongoing exhibit. And 90 years later, the Brown County Art Gallery is still exhibiting the work of the early Indiana artists.
The gallery's Permanent Collection has continued to expand with generous gifts from donors. A rotating exhibit of the early paintings, along with a number of fascinating historical displays are on display in the Permanent Collection Gallery on a daily basis.
I stated demonstrating right away working from my iPad. I begin with no pencil drawing on the paper but started painting the patterns of nature in an abstract manner. I talked about temperature value, color, and intensities of their paintings. I gave them an oversight on atmospheric perspective so they could create a good depth of field. We finish this painting in three steps as a paint-along. Through my years as a professional teaching of watercolor painter, I have found this technique works well with the student. They go through the process which helps the student retain what was created.
For the next two days, I instructed them on a multitude of things including composition, focal points and how to keep the eye moving.
We covered fall, winter, and summer scenes and how to handle the temperature changes through the seasons. This gives the watercolor painting a more pleasant, authentic look.
This year I was introduced to QoR watercolors by Golden Paints. I didn't include QoR on my supply list when my students signed up for this workshop. But what I did do was allowed my students to try out my personal QoR paints. This way they can see how quality paints handle without making the investment. To buy QoR paints CLICK HERE. Here's a few reasons why I like them:
CAT-TONGUE PAINT BRUSHES
I also let my students try out my brushes especially if they have only painted with synthetics. This was the case for this mentoring workshop.
I received some new real hair paintbrushes for my birthday back in April from Marilee. I always tell my students to buy the best brushes you can afford. Real hair will perform best but if you can't afford real then a mix of synthetic and real hair is acceptable.
Marilee found these new brushes at AMAZON-CLICK HERE. They are made by MEEDEN. Here's the info:
• Squirrel Hair Oval Paint Brushes really holds a lot of paint
• Cats Tongue Shape Set for Watercolors
• Its unique point provides a good range of brush strokes and techniques to produce your work of art
• 3 Pieces set – Sizes: #4, #8, #12
People ask me why I like smaller classes and workshops. Well, having a small class or what I like to call mentoring workshops gives me an opportunity to focus on each individual student. Working with the student for one, two or four days allows me to gives me the exact insight on each student's individual needs in a concentrated manner. I enjoy teaching to truly see, overcome fears and find joy in painting. We all had a good time learned a lot and experimented a lot.
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In May I was invited to hold a full-day workshop for the Lakeland Art League in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Spring had come late this year up north just like in the Chicagoland area. Normally the lilacs are just starting to come into bloom and the trees are budding out in the most beautiful tender green. This year the lilacs were a week behind and the hardwoods on our property at our log cabin were still bare. I could tell the members were excited to get out, shake off their cabin fever, and learn something new.
My thoughts while preparing for this workshop was to have the students get right into the painting. That meant not drawing on the watercolor paper, but instead, do the drawing with the paint brush. I also was introduced to QoR Watercolors earlier this year at the Watercolor Society of Indiana. I wanted to share with my student this beautiful, full pigment paint which is a relatively new brand. I didn't have QoR included on my supply list when I was booked for this workshop but I do know. I have a full review in an earlier blog post. CLICK HERE TO READ.
I first spent a little time lecturing on patterns of values and colors – looking for the abstract shapes first before picking up the brush. From there I asked them to gather around while I started a step-by-step painting demonstration in values and colors. Step #1 began with large bold washes working wet-into-wet allowing the watercolor simply to flow across the paper. This is the unique beauty of watercolor letting the colors mix on the paper. This is something that cannot be achieved in oils or pastels. I then let my students go back to there easels and recreate what I had first done.
Step #2 I approached the painting by cutting out shapes of the foliage and smaller areas so that it would start defining the subject matter.
Step #3, the final phase, I put in the tree trunks where they actually belonged according to the patterns that were previously painted. The students follow along really quite well. I thought they adapted to this process nicely.
The afternoon demonstration was of Pioneer Creek. This lovely little piece of Heaven is nearby our log cabin. It's one of my favorite places to just study the colors and textures – enjoy the beauty of the Great Northwoods. For this painting, I had them do a drawing as a guide. Usually, the painting can be broken down in three steps, but for this demonstration, I broke it down into five steps because it’s easier for the students to follow along.
What never ceases to amaze me is how each student working with the same photo reference ends up with a little different painting. I always judge their painting in its own frame of reference never by the reference alone.
Everyone had a good time learned a lot and came out with two paintings. I raffled off one of the demos and the other was donated to Lakeland Art League for a charitable cause.
Thank you LAL. hopefully, I will see you this fall.
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Painting abstract patterns in nature without a pencil drawing
We are happy to announce we will be releasing a new online watercolor course on Summer, 2019.
Sign-up date to be released soon.
This course was created for you, the first-time watercolor artist, maybe you haven’t picked up a brush in a few years or you are looking for a few tips. Join me as I walk you through what it takes to create a powerful watercolor all in the comfort of your own studio.
Watercolor is a versatile painting medium for a wide range of expressions from representational paintings to loose and fluid abstracts. In this course, I will walk you through a technique called wet-into-wet. The purpose of a painting such as this is to work to keep all edges soft.
I will share with you my personal approach to painting abstract patterns in nature without a pencil drawing. This could be scary but it's also very freeing and remember nature is very forgiving
I will show you how to:
• Play with just the large light and dark shapes to create the landscape
• Build-up the layers of watercolor getting the darks darker
• Lifting some lights to create with some freedom a finished painting
• How to work with some new art materials:
- This painting was done on indigo paper
- QOR paints
- And my newest purchase of three cat tongue brushes
This course is done as a Paint-Along. You will learn:
- Start thinking about your painting before you put down a single brush stroke
- Dale Popovich’s personal Artist’s Notes
- The importance of a Value Study and how to do it the right way
- Best supplies to get the job done
- Step-by-step instruction
- Find out how to lay rich, intense color down fearlessly
- Techniques of blending color and glazing
- Learn how to get the best results
- PLUS fun, special effects with the medium
- Popovich’s personal supply list in PDF format
- Printable Photo Reference
- Printable Value Study
- 3 Paint-Along demonstration video lessons (over an hour)
- The video includes a picture-in-picture of paint mixing tray
- Printable steps #1 and #2 of paintings
- Final printable finished (step #3) painting
- Before You Pick-Up Your Brush: part 1 - (10:00 minutes):
- STEP #1: The Block-In (13:06)
- STEP # 2: Establishing Secondary Masses (14:45)
- STEP # 3: Final Details (12:09)
- STEP # 3: part 2: Final Details (13:47)
- Comments area to post your watercolor questions
My wife, Marilee and I are trying something new. Some of you know the Popovich household is 100% artsy-fartsy. I am a fine artist while Marilee is a graphic designer and marketing geek. She has been working behind the scenes creating videos and developing my marketing brand and strategy.
We are combining our talents to bring a more in-depth and more vibrant body of information. Like before I will bring everything watercolor - all of my 40+ years of observing, painting, and art teaching experience. While Marilee will be asking me questions on our videos and presenting additional information from an artist’s marketers point of reference when it applies. She has to help me promote my watercolor paintings and watercolor classes/workshops so I can spend more time painting. In fact, in the last year, art leagues have had her share her knowledge about getting an online presence.
WATERCOLOR SOCIETY OF INDIANA
Sunday, March 17th Marilee and I drove 2.5 hours to Indianapolis for the Watercolor Society of Indiana meeting. It’s quite a large group of passionate artists from all over the state and beyond with a round 200+ members.
GUEST PRESENTER FROM GOLDEN ARTIST COLORS
Their guest speaker was Valerie Allen http://valerieallenart.com from Golden Paints. Valerie is a working artist who lives in Michigan and gets to play with and present all of the Golden products. She walked the group through their products but of course I wanted to hear more about their relatively new to the playing field watercolors called QoR (pronounced core.)
Prior to Valerie’s talk the group had a raffle with plenty of swag. Lucky Marilee! Or should I say lucky Dale? She won a a six-tube set of Qor Modern Watercolor paints.
As you know I’ve been professionally painting for 40 years trying every watercolor brands out their. If you have taken classes from me you know my opinion about each brand. I’ve been very pleased with my recommended paint brands — they are like old, comfortable friends. And it would take a lot to to get me to stand up and say WOW!
BACK IN MY STUDIO – VIDEO REVIEW
I was quite excited to try out our six new tubes of paints. I was quite excited to try out our six new tubes of colors. I wanted to see how they perform, so I recreated a demo I did for one of my weekly classes. PLEASE NOTE: The demo used Talon watercolors, was a full palette and a finished painting (1-1/2 hours) where the QoR is a study that took 20 minutes. But I still feel I could give an accurate review.
I prefer real hair watercolor brushes if you can afford them.
October 5, 2018: the Presqile River near Marenisco, MI on old route 2. Marilee and I spent our 33rd wedding anniversary doing what we love most – hiking the Northwoods during autumn. Here's a place we spent a lot of time capturing it from every angle. The golds of the leaves and the black water was a bewitching place that left us speechless.
THE QoR VIDEO DEMONSTRATION
As I stated earlier, I planned on doing an interruption using the Golden paints’ QoR watercolors. I compared their watercolors to Talens watercolors which are paints I’ve used for over 40+ years. The video is around 20 minutes start to finish.
I started this painting like all watercolors paintings using three basic steps.
Step #1: The Block-In
This is a question I get all the time:
Q. Why don't I use my dried paints?
A. I covered this subject in the video. I also share how I extend the life of my paints for a day or two.
STEP # 2: Establishing Secondary Masses
Now I wanted to see how the QoR watercolors handled a dry brush technique. I saw no difference in the paint from others when dry brushing. Also ever so slightly spraying the paint. I'm checking the flow. So far I was able to keep the vibrant color. You have probably noticed I keep the painting reasonably abstract. It will all pul together at the end.
I used a lot of water and QoR watercolors maintained its vibrancy. These paints are reacting very well. I was impressed so far – remember I have never used QoR paints before.
STEP # 3: Final Details
I see positive results from QoR.
AT THE END OF THE VIDEO
I shared this same painting I created in one of my weekly classes as a demonstration. Now I have to admit there were some differences. The larger piece was painted with Talens watercolors, the painting was a full palette of colors and took me 1-1/2 hours. This was an actual demonstration while the QoR painting was just a 20-minute study. But I felt I got a good read on the QoR paints in 20 minutes.
I compared Burnt Sienna by QoR and Talens. The colors were slightly different but I expected that. Both brands were in the acceptable Burnt Sienna family. The Talens was more granular. and because of that I preferred the QoR
On the flip side I sampled Ultramarine Blue by QoR and Talens. The colors were also slightly different – QoR is a touch warmer and Talens was a little cooler – a slight variation, both paints are good. No gramulaton.
Well, the QoR watercolors are looking very good.
BRANDS - Left: QoR Right: Talens Royal. COLORS: burnt sienna and ultramarine blue
I tried Golden Artist Colors line of watercolors called QoR. I found that the intensity, luminosity, and flow of the watercolor on Indigo watercolor paper was quite impressive.
UPDATE: Got my shipment from Dick Blicks today!
I'll let you know in a future vlog what I think as I start painting with QoR watercolors in a full palette.
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Dale L Popovich IWS
is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. As you will see the works selected in his portfolio represent the breath of his holistic approach to painting. You can also learn along with this talented and experienced teacher through his workshops, Palette & Chisel, Mainstreet Art Center i Lake Zurich, IL, Elmhurst Art Museum, Towering Winds Academy of Fine Arts an online art school, and Popovich Studio classes.