Painting abstract patterns in nature without a pencil drawing
We are happy to announce we will be releasing a new online watercolor course on June 21st, 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.
In conjunction with our Faculty Show, several Palette & Chisel instructors will conduct demonstrations. I am honored to participate for the third year in a row. I will be broadcasting on Facebook Live. Here's the line-up.
Saturday, February 16 schedule will feature:
• Audry Cramblit 9:30 am - 12 pm, Sculpture
• Helen Oh (10:00 am - 12 pm, Palette Knife Still Life
• Dale Popovich 10:30 am - 12 pm, Watercolor
• Larry Paulsen (1 - 4 pm, Portrait Drawing
Saturday, February 23 schedule will feature:
• Lenin Delsol 9 - 11:30 am, Oil Painting Portrait
• Stuart Fullerton, 12 - 1 pm, Palette & Chisel History Lecture
• Steve Puttrich 1 - 3:30 pm, Watercolor
• Michael Van Zeyl :30 - 4 pm, Still Life Oil Painting
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-642-4400.
Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts
1012 N Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois 60610 MAP
Fax: 312 642 4317
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30am - 6:30pm
Updated May 17, 2019
That's right when you sign-up for my 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
2-Day Watercolor Workshop
in Historical Brown County Art Gallery
Make sure you read my personal collection of things to see, eat and do at the bottom of this blog post. There is also a short video from WGN-TV Chicago that is worth watching.
June 14-15 • 10 AM-5 PM daily • $350
PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOR
Half down at registration. Balance due June 1st.
Register and pay by calling or stopping in the Brown County Art Gallery.
BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY
One Artist Drive • PO Box 443 • Nashville, IN 47448
Free admission and parking
Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm • Sundays Noon-5pm
Step by step. Walk away with more.
In this 2-day workshop, the student will experience Dale’s unique step-by-step instruction in transparent watercolor. Exploring the beauty of nature, and gain a deeper, richer understanding of the techniques, properties, and tools of this unique medium.
Students will learn how to block in the painting, interpret color values and temperatures. Use different processes of watercolor: work wet-into-wet as well as wet-on-to-dry. Understand the
importance of a focal point and how to place it. He will also share his secrets to bring your painting to a new level.
Dale’s objective for this workshop is to share his 40 years of professional art instruction, and for the student to gain confidence in this medium. The student will walk away with a greater, more in-depth understanding of transparent watercolor.
The class is designed for beginners and intermediate artists.
Please ask the gallery for the workshop supply list. Landscape photo references will be supplied by the instructor.
The Popovich Collection of Things to See, Eat and Do in Brown County, IN
A Must See:
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.