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2-DAY WORKSHOP: California Vibe! Watercolor Portraiture with DAVID LOBENBERG. May 20-21, 2018. 10:30am-4:30pm



Sunday-Monday, May 20-21, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

Saturday, May 19, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

David Lobenberg is an exciting teacher who is pure California--he goes his own way and makes a new path. No demure procedures involved: be ready to splatter, slash, and slap the color into place! The result may be color that is lifted and layered, but the natural pools and blooms of watercolor as his toolbox, not problems to overcome. He controls the headstrong behavior of watercolor into fabulously active paintings that pull the viewer up for some close-talk.

“California-Vibe Portraiture” is all about the contrasts of opacity and transparency, posed subjects and gesture. Richly spontaneous is the feeling his work gives off.

In the workshop, you'll begin by posing and taking photographs or using reference photos of your subjects. You'll then trace out simple contour outlines of their head and features and transfer them onto your watercolor paper. Then the fun begins: you'll "California-Vibe" the drawing!

A regular teacher at Art in the Mountains, the Utah Watercolor Society, the Society Of Western Artists, Northwest Pacific Art School, and the Madeline Island School of the Arts. David's watercolor portraits can be seen at, Pinterest, and Facebook. Sign up for his email newsletter! David Lobenberg's work is regularly exhibited and published internationally and within the United States.

* Paint: Student or professional grade (I highly recommend using professional watercolors) tube watercolor paint such as DANIEL SMITH, Schminke, Holbein, Winsor Newton etc. Colors: Payne’s Gray (Winsor Newton preferably), a bright lipstick red such as Opera (I LOVE this color!) or Permanent Rose, Alizarin or Crimson Red, Cadmium Yellow and or Cad.Yellow Light (also Azo and Bismuth yellows are some killer translucent, warm yellows that I like but not totally necessary if you just want to stick with the cads.) Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue (or Peacock Blue), Cirulean Blue, Tourqoise Blue Light, plus any other bright colors that you would want to throw into this mix!
* A #12 or #16 round watercolor brush that comes to a beautiful, tapered point. I suggest a combination natural and synthetic hair. Don't go too cheap!...this size brush is a real workhorse, and is the one you will paint with the most.
* A small # 6 round watercolor brush.
* A 1/4 inch, flat watercolor brush.
* A Hake brush or 3 to 4 inch flat watercolor brush (any other brushes that you’d like to throw into the mix will be fine).
* A soft graphite drawing pencil (can simply be a soft Ticonderoga office pencil).
*About two or so sheets (22 by 30 inches) of 140lb Arches (or any other Professional grade – I like Fabriano and Arches extra white) cold press watercolor paper (NOT cold press rough!). We will be mostly painting on one eight (5 1/2X 7 ½ inches) and quarter sheets (11 by 15 inches). We can cut them (I’ll show you my easy method) at the workshop.
* A good size rectangular plastic palette with paint wells around the outside and a good size mixing area in the inside. The palette should measure about 10 by16 inches. There are various manufactures of these palettes, but they are all around this size and configuration.
*Half to one inch wide 3M blue painters tape or masking tape that can keep out water but will not harm the watercolor paper when pulled off.
* One box of Original Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (all white). I will have some extra ones if you have difficulty procuring these. This product can be found in the cleaning section of most supermarkets or at Home Depot and other hardware stores that have cleaning products.
* One 11 by 14 inch or so tracing pad.
* A roll of absorbent kitchen paper towel
* A roll of absorbent kitchen paper towels, absorbent cloth or sponge to soak up extra water on the brush.
*Something to hold about a liter or so of water.
*Prismacolor (or any brand and colored watercolor pencils will work as well) drawing pencils. Bring these colors (or as close as you can get to these recommended colors): a warm red like Scarlet Red 922, a cool red like Crimson Red 924, a basic warm yellow like Canary Yellow 916, a basic grass green like True Green 910, Flesh 939, a lavender like Lavender 934, a blue like True Blue 903, a purple like Purple 931, a dark brown like Dark Brown 946, a warm brown like Sienna Brown 945, a white like White 938, and a black pencil. This is a set of twelve colored pencils. If you want to add a few more colors (but not too many!), you may.

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