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2-DAY WORKSHOP: Watercolors with MICHAEL REARDON. July 13-14, 2017. 10am-4:30pm


Thursday-Friday, July 13-14, 2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

July 10-12, 2017

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday, July 9, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

In these workshops you will explore various watercolor techniques. Subjects covered will include the creation of a strong composition, the use of values to suggest a sense of light and atmosphere, and the use of color to suggest mood. A demonstration will start each day, followed by individual painting and instruction. This workshop is open to all levels, but some experience with watercolor will be helpful.

Here is a list of suggested materials for the workshop. My palette is comprised almost entirely with Daniel Smith brand watercolors (, they are located in Seattle.

I realize it can be pricey to purchase watercolor paint. But if you plan to continue to do watercolors, they will be quite worthwhile. If you are coming with a friend, consider sharing an order.

* Viridian
* Phthalo Green -Yellow Shade (not Phthalo Yellow Green
* Quinacridone Gold
* Another good quality yellow
Oranges and Reds
* Quinacridone Burnt Orange
* Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet
* Carmine
* Permanent Orange
* Organic Vermilion
Blues and Violets
* Ultramarine Blue
* Cobalt Blue
* Cerulean Blue- I prefer DS Cerulean Chromium)
* Cobalt Turquoise

We will use the above colors in the demonstrations and exercises.

Bring your favorite brushes. I recommend rounds sizes 6-12. 2-3 brushes within this range will be fine. They needn’t be sable, but they should have a good water reservoir and good points.

It is most economical to bring individual sheets and tape them to a board. You must bring your own board and masking tape if you choose this option (quarter sheets will be fine-divide a 22 x 30 sheet in 4)) I use Saunders Waterford, 140 lb. Cold Press or Rough. Other brands such as Fabriano or Lanaquarelle are okay, as long as they are cold press or rough. Strathmore is not okay. The paper must be good quality watercolor paper regardless of brand. You may also want to use watercolor blocks for convenience.

An inexpensive plastic folding palette works fine. It should have several empty wells for the above-mentioned colors and fold in half to preserve your paints. If you have a clean palette, organize your paints by color, putting all the reds together, the blues together, etc. Label them or make a diagram in your sketchbook. You will forget otherwise.

Bring water containers. I use an old mineral water bottle for clean water. I use two old yogurt containers as mixing containers.

If you’re more comfortable working at an easel, please bring it.

Pencil and Sketchbook
Last but definitely not least, please bring a small sketchbook and pencil. I prefer a 2B mechanical pencil, but the choice is yours. Soft pencils work best for thumbnail sketches.

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