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FREE DEMO: Atmospheric Watercolor with FRANK EBER. Mar 10, 2018. 11am-12:30pm


Saturday, March 10, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

#2: 2-DAY WORKSHOP $200
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#1: 2-DAY WORKSHOP $200
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Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 2018
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Painting ​should go deeper than copying nature as it is. It should be a personal response and a characterization of what is before us and in harmony with it. I try to understand a scene, but not intellectually. I can paint it how it is, that’s ea​sy.​ The interpretation of the thing that’s underneath–what gives it life–I’d like to find. The energy that makes it. In essence I am trying to paint what cannot be painted.

Atmosphere and light are just the first steps. As shapes dissolve in patterns of value and light, the painting becomes more a poetic statement than a literal representation.

​Painting is my meditation, my refuge. It exists in a timeless state–an ego-less zone in which I feel whole, as though life actually makes sense. One day I may be able to paint something of significance.

* I use ARTIST WATERCOLOR as follows (all pigments by Daniel Smith):
  ** cobalt blue, French ultramarine, ultramarine violet, cobalt violet, magenta, quinacridone rose, carmine, burnt sienna, neutral tint, indigo, German greenish raw umber, Verona gold ochre, Monte Amiata burnt sienna, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow light, cadmium orange, cobalt turquoise, cobalt turquoise light, horizon blue (Holbein), zinc white (Chinese white) and titanium white
  ** Please note that you don't have to get the exact same colors, as long as you have a good range of blues, yellows, reds and a few earth tones, you are fine! Remember, there are only three colors in nature! If you already have watercolor paints by all means use them.
  ** Arches blocks (12x16 or 14x20), 140 lbs or 300gsm, cold press or rough, please get artist grade paper, not student grade! If you get single sheets, please use ¼ (28by38cm, 11by15”) or ½ (38by57cm, 15by22”) and make sure you have enough for roughly two paintings per day. Also a few scrap pieces of paper would be good to have!
  ** I use predominantly DaVinci mops (Casaneo 498) in three sizes (#2, 4 and 6). Squirrel Mops Petit Gris Pur Series 418 (#2 and 5) and synthetic rounds for details: Nova Series 1570 (#6 and 8). Maybe a rigger or a line brush for trees and line: mine is a DaVinci 5519 (#8). I also use cheap Chinese calligraphy brushes in a few different sizes.
  ** Nice, deep mixing wells. I use a Holbein metal palette with porcelain coating
  ** Easel with adjustable angle, painting surface (to tape the paper to), spray bottle (atomizer, mister), water container, tape (not blue tape!!!), paper towels, rags, pencils for drawing (2B-4B), sketch book, and note book for taking notes.

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