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FREE DEMO AND 5-DAY WORKSHOP: Realism Through Design with JOHN SALMINEN. Jan 27-Feb 1, 2018.



Saturday, January 27, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

001 901 464

January 28-February 1, 2018

10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

John Salminen's demo will highlight his process of painting with watercolor the urban landscapes he encounters. You will see how his amazing textures and details are created and developed.

In the five-day workshop John will help participants through the entire development of an urban landscape painting, a representational city-scape or town scene. Stages of the work include choosing an appropriate subject and establishing focus through composition, using composition and value to create mood and emotional links to the viewer, and controlling contrast to establish dramatic lighting.

Please bring several reference photos as John will discuss his methods of extracting from photos the details to strengthen and enhance the representational success of the painting: how to use a photo to design an emotional composition.

This 5-day workshop includes demonstrations, critiques and one-on-one (individual) help from John. Experienced and novice urban painters will all benefit from John's instruction and insights.

Please bring your usual painting supplies, making sure they include:
* PAPER - 140 lb Arches Cold Pressed watercolor paper, 22 x 30. 300 lb would be acceptable as well. Arches is tough paper that stands up well to the processes we’ll be using. We’ll be painting on full sheets.
* WATERCOLORS - Your favorite watercolor paints in a usable palette.
* BRUSHES - 2” minimum flat brush, 1” flat brush, ½” flat brush, #12 pointed brush, #8 pointed brush, #4 pointed brush, 2” hake brush. These are a minimum. Bring your favorites as well. We’ll use the hake brush for blending.
** Sketchbook: approximately 9" x 12"
** pencil and your favorite drawing tools
** 2” masking tape. Just the hardware store variety, not the blue art tape
** Masking fluid, NOT permanent
** Snapcutter (like an exacto knife but lightweight plastic) – just the inexpensive hardware version
** mouth atomizer
** a piece of foam core to tape your paper to - 26” x 34” - if desired (some parts of the process we’ll be using are easier if the paper is taped down)
** Several photo references to choose from: Your photos should be of street scenes - close to home or farther away, town or city. These scenes can include people as accents if wanted. Look for an image that has a visual pathway through the composition. Look for an image with a defined foreground, middle-ground and background. Look for dramatic lighting or atmospheric effects such as fog or rain. Most importantly, look for an image you’d like to paint. If it contains some of the above suggestions, it will be a great painting.

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