106 Third Street
Astoria, OR 97103


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Sophisticated Simplicity in Watercolor

with Mick McAndrews


     During this watercolor workshop, we will paint a variety of subjects using plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of the watercolor medium. We will focus on the importance of developing interesting shapes, values, edges, and much more!

     Each day will begin with a discussion of key artistic concepts followed by a full painting demonstration including Q&A. Participants will paint for the remainder of the day with guidance, encouragement, and mini-demos as necessary from the instructor.

Additional areas of discussion will include:

• Simplifying the scene

• Working from reference material

• Use of artistic license

• Developing strong compositions

• Understanding perspective

• Visual language

• The sheer joy of painting 

 NOTE: This supplies list is a guide. If you are comfortable with the paints, brushes and paper that you currently use should be fine.

I do, however, use a few boutique colors that you may want to consider: Jaune Brilliant #1 and Lavender by Holbein.

Reference MaterialBring your photos sketches, etc., for subject matter.

Materials:  Palette,  paper,  brushes,  paint, board,  masking tape or bulldog clips, sponge (inexpensive household variety, the larger the better),  misting spray bottle, tissues or paper towel,  pencil, soft or kneaded eraser

Paints (Winsor Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, etc.)

Yellow: Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre,

Raw Sienna,

Quinacridone Gold Orange: Red Orange (Holbein)

Red: Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson

Brown: Raw and Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Brown Madder

Blue: Ultra-Marine, Cobalt, Cerulean, Cobalt Turquoise, Lavender (Holbein)

Green: I mix greens but a good one out of the tube is Perylene by W&N

Black: Neutral Tint and/or Paynes Gray

White: Chinese White, Jaune Brilliant

#1 Brushes A mix of flat, (1”, ¾”, ½”), round, (6, 10, 12), mop, (squirrel hair), and rigger brushes.

Paper (Arches, Saunders) I use acid-free pure rag paper by manufacturers such as Arches, Saunders, etc., primarily 140 lb. rough texture. Weights, (140lb, 300lb, etc.), and textures are a matter of personal preference and painting style. 

Day 1 

• Welcome / Setting Expectations

• Composition and the principles of design

• The importance of shapes, values and edges

• Demonstration painting and critique

Day 2

• Understanding perspective

• Simplifying the scene and use of reference material

• Demonstration painting and critique

Day 3

• Visual language

• Keys to painting loose and juicy

• Demonstration painting and critique