I was proud to announce I had been asked to give a Facebook Live watercolor demonstration sponsored by Dillman's Art Workshop Retreat in Lac du Flambeau, WI. You can read more about this amazing resort in the Great Northwoods at the bottom of this blog post.
The beginning of the Wisconsin River has been one of my favorite sites to paint, whether it's spring, summer, fall, or winter. The levels of water change as does the foliage, colors, textures, and the influence of light. I call this river home and you will too during my FREE watercolor demonstration.
As you may know, my wife, Marilee, and I suffer from wanderlust and enjoy exploring the great Northwoods while we visit our little cabin in the woods. That's one of the many reasons we love Dillman's. They are nestled on a beautiful, 1500 foot lakefront peninsula. The pristine White Sands Lake is framed by majestic pines, soaring eagles and singing loons. Checkout Dillman's Resort and enjoy exploring nature's wonders. Life is good.
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Headwaters of the Wisconsin River – Adventure starts at the top of a mighty river
East of Land O’ Lakes you’ll find a place where you can paddle through time. Lac Vieux Desert is the headwaters of the mighty Wisconsin River. For centuries, this is a place where great paddling adventures began. The name was given by French fur trappers who translated the name from the Ojibwe language, “Lake of the Old Clearing” or “Old Garden.” Paddling journeys still start at the headwaters. Lac Vieux Desert is one of the largest lakes in the area, at 4,260 acres. It’s so large it spills across the border, into the state of Michigan. The lake feeds the 430-mile Wisconsin River, which is the state’s largest river and a major tributary of the Mississippi River...
The Color Studies
In this video I shared color studies I created in the past. I looked at composition, value patterns, and color combinations. Remember I always say don't copy the photo, paint the painting. Finally, I shared the final studio painting that I painted. All of the studies were necessary for a successful final watercolor. Remember do your homework and this will help you succeed.
1. 3-color study
2. 3-color study with opaque white gouache
3. 5-color study: I wanted to open up the background so there wasn't a wall of trees
4. 6-color or full-color studio painting. I wanted to master a close value foggy painting.
You can purchase a Fine Art Giclée Print of the final painting.
In this demonstration, I wanted to show you how to work beyond your photo reference and be left with the essentials of the photo – making the painting your own. Adding more interest than what's found in the photo through color, mass, and subject matter taking a little artistic licence.
My main goal of this painting was not only to handle dark masses but to give them interest and weight. This would lead your eye through and around the painting. I also wanted to show you how to create interest with a primary green palette and subject matter.
After the Demonstration
Once I went back into the studio after the Dillman's Art Workshop Resort Facebook Live broadcast I stepped back and studied my watercolor painting. I do this quite often laying fresh eyes on the piece. I added some key values and colors to push the viewer's eye around the painting. Also added important detail into the trees, selectively added accents and punctuation of color to the dark area, and adjusted focal point.
OF THE GREAT NORTHWOOD
For beginners and intermediates, my unique step-by-step instruction in transparent watercolor, focusing on large patterns of light and dark using scenes from nature, will allow students to watch, go back and recreate what was just painted. Students will learn how to build a painting from start to finish while gaining a deeper understanding of the techniques, properties, and tools of transparent watercolor. I will cover all four seasons to explore color temperature, intensity, and value. Students will complete seven paintings with a critique on the last day. Photo references will be supplied. Students will leave with new confidence, ability, and understanding.
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.