It’s still a little over a year away but wanted you to be the first to know.
I just found out last night…
I’m On The John C. Campbell Folk School
Schedule To Teach:
All About Iris
An Intermediate Watercolor Workshop
(To get a preview of what we will be doing: Visit Iris No. 8 Demo in this blog.
July 2012, Rob and I relocated to Murphy, NC which is 7 miles from the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.
Workshop schedules are determined a year to a year and half in advance. Beginning, Feb. 16, 2014, I will be teaching a 5-day, All About Iris, intermediate watercolor workshop in this lovely 300 acre setting that encourages joy in creating and sharing in community! See examples of what we will be doing at: All About Iris
For more info or to register, contact: 828-837-3899
I’ve just opened the letter stating…
Iris No. 3 Light Within by June Rollins©
Juried Into SW 35th Annual Exhibition
By Frederick C. Graff, AWS, NWS, TWSA
Iris No. 3 – Light Within, has been juried into the
35th Annual Juried Exhibition
Ninety paintings were selected out of 425 entries
from 230 watercolor artists living in 19 states.
The opening reception is Sun., June 10th at the
Sautee Nacoochee Center, GA .
The exhibition runs through July 7th.
I’m so hoping I can attend
Teachers love it when the students get it.
This past weekend, my Second Saturday Painters got it!
They got the importance of Pigment Planning before beginning the painting.
This is the example that did it:
Reference Photo For Iris No. 17
Pigment Planning Chart
For Iris No. 17
Most of the watercolor demos on this blog
show the pigment planning chart I do before beginning the painting.
Here are the links:
I think what really drilled it home this time was when I showed them the pigment chart I used for Iris No. 16 and said,
“I’m using the same pigments for Iris No.’s 16 and 17.”
“I’m just mixing them in different degrees.”
For Iris No. 16
Iris No. 16
Iris No. 16
Mouths dropped open and eyes widened.
Everyone, eagerly went back to their seats with an earnest, new found passion
for the importance of color mixing and knowing their pigments.
As for myself, with the pigment planning complete for Iris No. 17,
I feel ready to begin too.
Happy Painting To All Today!
Fall In Love With Something.
Not new for followers of this blog to know my painting passion the last couple of years has been the bearded iris I’ve grown.
They are currently in the midst of their spring show. Here is how they looked around 7:45 this morning as I was heading to 8am yoga class.
The light wouldn’t be the same when I got back 90 minutes later.
And who knows, I might not see them this way again….
I never made it to yoga, but I did experience zen, nirvana, peace…
whatever you want to call it, with the iris this morning.
See for yourself what brings you contentment, clarity, peace.
That is the path for you to follow.
Here is the complete demo of Iris No. 16 with no ads.
Yes, I’m paying for smilebox now in response to a few complaints
about the ads accompanying the FREE version I was using.
There will be no ads with future smilebox demos on my blog.
Iris No. 16 has just been listed on Daily Paintworks – Opening Bid $85
I began Iris No. 16 for Matthews Artists Guild on Mar. 13,
and am now back in my home studio to continue.
Always, the set-up. Before I begin to paint,
I have everything I think I might need nearby.
Working wet-into-wet in sections, I’ve added a variegated wash and am now using thicker paint for the iris beard.
While still damp, I lift with a thirsty flat brush to create dimension.
Further along, but getting tired…have learned not to push myself.
It only takes an uncertain stroke or two
for a watercolor painting to go downhill fast…
It’s Time To Step Away From The Painting!
To be continued…
I am really homesick for my Iris today.
I’ve been going though about 500 photos of her and her friends, deciding on who to use as my watercolor demonstration next Tue. night, Mar. 13, for Matthews Artists Guild. This photo was taken last April. A dozen rhizomes ordered from White Flower Farm planted in about a 4×7 foot area has given me more than enough references for my All About Iris Series.
Here is the one I’ve chosen for the demo. Or, maybe she chose me.
She’s an older, wiser iris taken from my mother’s flower garden and today she is beckoning to me the most.
So, Iris No. 16, she will become.
Painting her will be a soothing balm. I may not be able to wait…
MAG may only see the finishing details
Only for the brave and desperate
Iris No. 15 reference photo. For those new to my blog, this is part of the All About Iris Series I’m creating for an Oct. 2013 exhibition at The Campbell House, Moore County Arts Council, in Southern Pines. NC. A collection of 60 paintings, all from flowers from my flower gardening efforts.
Was happy with my initial wash.
But, further along into the painting, felt lower right corner shapes shot viewer out of the painting and started trying to correct with value and color and edge shifts.
Nothing worked and nothing to lose…
Time to share my amazing brush discovery…
A toothbrush did this.
Especially happy to sign this one!
Not a painting method I would recommend.
And only an option for strong watercolor paper.
This was on Arches 140 lb CP. Less durable paper would turn into a pulpy mess.
Iris No. 15, 20x15
I am always doing that which I cannot do,
in order to learn how to do it.