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2nd WORKSHOP: Watercolor Magic with STELLA CANFIELD. Feb 17-18, 2019. 10:30am-4:30pm


WORKSHOP #2: $200
Sunday and Monday
February 17-18, 2019

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

WORKSHOP #1: $200
Thursday and Friday
February 14-15, 2019

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

Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Learn to play, have fun and still do wonderful works of art! Approach painting in a natural and easy manner. Learn to make simple but interesting shapes that achieve movement and emotion in your work. Watch Stella paint and you will feel immensely inspired and free-of-the-myth-inflicted fear of watercolor. She debunks the myth of talent and believes that everyone can do it!

This class will focus on YOU! Stella will help you free yourself of the fear and judgment that so often prevents us from doing art. You will learn to relax and paint with your heart while exploring design, shapes, color, value. And you'll HAVE FUN DOING IT!. The day will start with a fast demo and you will leave with a finished painting each day. Stella is a great believer of everyone being an artist! It takes just courage! You will be amazed by your capabilities! Bring your own reference photos or sketches, photos you have taken. Painting from photographs that you did not take yourself could be stiffening since you did not experience the emotion of the moment and may produce a painting without a “soul”. Experience the magic and ecstasy of watercolor! You will never be the same again!

Stella Canfield is an inspiring and beloved teacher sharing her painting knowledge with students in the United States and Europe. Born in Bulgaria, Stella left her country to escape the oppressive regime of communism. She lived in Germany and came to the United States in 1985. Starting over, she discovered her true calling, painting with watercolors! In 2001, Stella was invited to teach at DANIEL SMITH in Seattle and now shares her passion for painting and joy for life with her many delighted students who love and appreciate her.

Stella’s paintings are appreciated and recognized by collectors and art organizations from whom she has received many awards.Today, Stella teaches mostly on the West Coast of the USA and Texas for the first part of the year and she spends the remaining six months painting, teaching and exhibiting in Europe. Stella has taught workshops in Switzerland, Czeck Republic, Republic of Georgia and her native Bulgaria. DANIEL SMITH in Seattle remains her favorite teaching place where she returns year after year for her very popular watercolor workshops.

This supply list is mostly for the beginners, to give them an idea of the very basic colors and other supplies that I personally recommend to start with. Please note that the list also retains my personal choice of supplies. If you are not a beginner and already have supplies please do not hesitate to use them. However, I do recommend using professional quality supplies, the result depends on it.
* Hansa Yellow Light DS (very cool yellow)
* Hansa Yellow Medium DS (warm yellow)
* Raw Sienna Light DS (very warm yellow)
* Quinacridone Burnt Orange DS
* Pyrrol Orange DS
* Carmine DS
* Sap Green DS
* Green Gold DS
* French Ultramarine Blue DS
* Cobalt Blue DS
Cerulean Blue CS
For my extended color palette please see my DS dot card. The paints above are my basic colors and are my personal choice. They are in no way better than any others! Winsor & Newton , Daniel Smith, Grumbacher, Holbein or Schmincke colors are equally good and I use them all.
PALETTE: Covered plastic palette with at least 12 wells and large mixing space. John Pike Palette is an excellent choice since it is sturdier and more airtight then any other palette on the market.
BRUSHES: There are many brushes on the market, synthetic and natural, cheap and expensive. Think of how serious you are with painting and how gentle OR not gentle you are. I prefer a softer brush (mix of synthetic and Natural hair) with a big “belly” to carry the water and pigment and also not too expensive as I am not gentle with my brushes :-) If you need help with buying and choosing brushes, you are welcome to give me a call or email me. I will be more than happy to be of assistance.
* Synthetic and squirrel hair is my choice: Very inexpensive for the quality they represent. I use Silver Brush Black Velvet:
*** Mop (Jumbo Round) - Large
*** Round #20 and #12 and #8
*** Liner #6
*** and a Harmony Squirrel Quill #0 as a rigger.
* If you are serious about painting, I would recommend you get a Sky WASH 1 ½" flat brush also from the same series (for painting on larger papers).
* My advice is to start with at least three good mixed or natural hair brushes. Treat yourself to it; it is worth it!

PAPER: 3 full sheets 22"x30" 140 lb cold press paper (more if you wish)
* make 6 half or 12 quarter sheets
* My personal choice is Arches Paper or Fabriano Artistico. Use of professional quality paper is recommended.

* Light-weight board: (gatorboard, foam board or corrugated plastic) to attach your paper on for support, approximately 23 x 16 (for half sheet paper)

* Sketchbook
* pencil
* kneaded eraser
* 2 one-quart water containers, plastic jars
* paper towels
* masking tape or big clamps to attach the paper to the board
* Kitchen SPONGE (not abrasive), rollers etc.

PHOTO REFERENCES: I strongly recommend the use of your OWN photographs as references. It is essential for expressing emotion, your OWN emotion!
---If you have any problems, please email me at I will be happy to help you.
* Drawing on the right side of the brain, Betty Edwards, $13.50 at
* Carlson’s Guide for Landscape Painting, John Carlson, $8.95 at
* Powerful Landscapes, Catharine Gill, $19.90, at
* Fast Sketching Techniques, David Rankin, $16 at
* The Art Spirit by Robert Henri, $13.95 at
* The Figure by Walt Reed, $14.45 at

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