The 2nd Annual Watercolor Live virtual art conference came to a close with the amazing seminars we’ve come to cherish. Cindy Baron, David Poxon, Laurie Goldstein-Warren, Carrie Waller, and Thomas Schaller headlined the day, with bonus sessions from our wonderful sponsors: Savoir-Faire, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Royal Talens, Blick Art Materials, and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
We had a fun pop-up visit from Eric Rhoads with some motivating words about prioritizing ourselves as artists, and had exciting announcements about Watercolor Live 2023 (don’t miss it)!
The most important part of Cindy Baron’s painting process is putting down three layers of paint and glazes overtopping each other to create the luminosity she achieves in her watercolor paintings. To first saturate her 300-lb cold pressed Arches paper, she said, “It takes a lot of water, a lot of paint, and a lot of abuse.”
Coming to us from England, David Poxon explored texture, multi-layering, and glazing for tonal depth for an up-close scene of a photo reference he took while in Rome.
In a portrait demo with a twist, Laurie Goldstein-Warren showed us how she uses a watercolor pouring technique and also works from dark to light, which is unusual for this media.
Carrie Waller is known for her highly detailed watercolor paintings. In her demo, she explained how to paint glass in watercolor.
The first step in her process? Setting up her still life outside, which gives her the brightest possibilities for color.
Coming to us live from his Los Angeles studio, Thomas Schaller gave the final demonstration of Watercolor Live this year. He assured us that there is no right or wrong way to paint in watercolor – rather, the potential is infinite. He added that a good painter should be able to paint wherever you are, and that you can draw from your personal vault of memories for inspiration.
For his demo, he explained that he was looking inward as much as looking outward, exploring inner landscapes as well as outer landscapes.
Our evening ended with the final Happy Hour / Paint Along, where even more connections were made.
Until next time ~ you can now register for Watercolor Live 2023!