See how to work beyond your photo reference with my free watercolor demo
NOTE: THIS VIDEO WAS FIRST BROADCASTED ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE. BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET AND BAND USAGE THE IMAGE GETS BLURRY. SORRY.
I had my fifth Watercolor Escape Saturday on April 18th. If you are new to this my wife, Marilee and I are committed to broadcasting a Facebook Live every Saturday at noon CST till our lives kinda get back to some type of normal. We want to offer an escape even for an hour or two.
THIS WEEKEND'S WATERCOLOR ESCAPE SATURDAY
In this week's blog post I have included the video now on YouTube (edited as a paint-along) and my demo notes. Here's what you will find:
Click on the button below and it will take you to my Watercolor Escape Saturdays page where you will find April 18th reference and all of my past demos, videos and blog posts.
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This Facebook Live demo I used the following mostly Qor watercolor paints:
To learn more about my brushes and tried and true supplies head over to my Supply List & Library page. Click on the Supply List above for my personal printable supply list.
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.
Once I got back into the studio after the Facebook Live broadcast I stepped back and studied my 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 house, selectively added accents and punctuation of color to the dark area of the structure, and adjusted some of the foliage above the TC Steele's home.
TC Steele State Historic Site
4220 T C Steele Rd,
IN 47448. MAP
I enjoy touring TC Steele's house in Brown County, Indiana. Back in 2017, the Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites invited me to give a demonstration of one of his trees he would paint en plein air. From there I co-judged the Great Outdoor Art Contest.
Take a few minutes and explore TC Steele's website. Make it a point to visit his Art Page. CLICK HERE
Smithsonian: TC Steele Historical Site
More photos CLICK HERE
The Little Smoky Mountains
Indiana’s Beautiful, Artistic Hill Country
TC Steele's State Historic Site is nestled in beautiful Brown County, IN
If you have never been to this picturesque area take a few minutes to review this short news article produced by WGNtv. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO
Brown County Fact
There are more artists per capita than anywhere else in the Midwest. WGNtv did a beautiful news story about Brown County titled 'The Little Smoky Mountains: Indiana's beautiful, artistic hill country.' If you have never been to Brown County, IN take a few minutes to review this enchanting place.
Midwest Living Magazine
Brown County, Indiana: There is something for everyone. Hiking, biking or lazy car rides the Midwest magazine gives you suggestions for your next trip to southern Indiana. A Colorful One hour from downtown Indianapolis, Brown County’s fall show continues to captivate visitors more than a century after artists first fell under its spell.
In My Library
Here's another must have book in your studio. I refer to this book for creative inspiration when painting landscapes. I personally know Lyn Letsinger-Miller and she is a multi-talented woman who's vast knowledge and love of the Brown County art movement shines through.
From the early 1900s through the 1940s, the scenic hill country of Brown County, Indiana, was home to a flourishing colony of artists who migrated there from urban areas of the Midwest. Now back in print, The Artists of Brown County, first published in 1994, is the classic book on the history of this remarkable art colony.
Following an introduction to "Peaceful Valley," as the area was affectionately called, chapters are devoted to 16 of the artists, including three couples: T. C. Steele, Will Vawter, Gustave Baumann, Dale Bessire, the photographer Frank M. Hohenberger, Adolph Shulz and Ada Walter Shulz, L. O. Griffith, V. J. Cariani and Marie Goth, Carl C. Graf and Genevieve Goth Graf, Edward K. Williams, Georges LaChance, C. Curry Bohm, and Glen Cooper Henshaw. Lavish color reproductions of the artists' work accompany the biographical sketches. Rachel Berenson Perry's introduction places the Brown County art colony within the broader context of American regional art.
That's it for now. I hope we will see you next Saturday at noon CST on my Facebook page for another Watercolor Escape Saturdays.
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Wash your hands and clean your brushes,
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,