Trilogy in La Quinta is a gated community with an active creative club. A couple months ago I got the opportunity to become one of the watercolor class instructors there, and teach about twice a month on a Monday afternoon. It’s a guided-tuition class, a little like the paint-n-wine format in that all students complete the same painting, but with much more of a learning opportunity focus.
I get so wrapped up in demoing and guiding, that I usually forget to take photos of the class in action. But this time, I persuaded the ladies to let me take a pic of their completed exercises to put on the blog.
Yes – they all look great!
They sure do make me work too! Not only do I need to prepare the exercises, but I get requests of trying subjects that I don’t usually do, so my skills get stretched as a result. Seems like we’re all having fun, though!
On Friday I ran the Paint-the-night event at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley – and had 11 students, many of whom knew each other, so they were enjoying the evening together. We painted a scene from an open road through fields in the Ojai area – a painting I’d completed in watercolor many years ago and thought would work well as a paint night subject.
Filling in the grassland.
One of the thing that I tell students at these evenings, is that their painting is not going to look exactly like mine – which is why art forgers are paid so much.
Fences going in.
However this group all got really close to the painting we were working from! The main difference was that I had yellow ochre deep – vs yellow ochre which I usually work with, and as I hadn’t used this before, I hadn’t realized how dull this color is compared to regular ochre. I figure I learn something in every class too, so this was it for this one!
Most of the graduates. One had to go home because her baby was crying.
Three concentrating on making round blue blobs into birds.
Last night there were three students at the Paint-the-night evening at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley. I’ve guided a different group through this painting before, in case it seems familiar, but they were all first time bird-watchers. They all had a lot of fun, and are looking forward to a different painting next month. If you’re in the area, and you’re interested, it’s on June 23rd. A great way to celebrate a TGIF.
I did two classes in the last couple days, the first one was a watercolor collage workshop in La Quinta, the second one was a Paint and Wine evening in Moreno Valley. Seven people had a lot of fun and created some happy stuff.
Four Having Fun
Some of the results
Underpaintings being finished
Students going off in their own directions
Student going off in her own direction
The students wanted me and my variation in the pic too.
Two students making beauty out of bits and pieces.
Held a watercolor collage workshop at Incredible Art Center on Friday afternoon – only a small group at the end when I took the photos of them finishing up. They made both artworks and cards. We’re running the same workshop again a couple times before Thanksgiving – on the 10th and the 14th – both of these at 5-7:30pm. If you’re in the area and would like to join us, you can book through the education page on the website, or call Rick (760) 282-5004.
Five students and five interpretations of City Lights.
We had a fun time last night with 5 students working on ‘City Lights‘ at Teri’s home. I keep on learning how to be a better teacher, I think…. but also the two students who were at the last paint-and-wine there noted that they had learned some things from the first session that meant they were a little more adept this time. One of the things that I believe may make my paint-and-sip evenings different than others is the teaching element, and it seems to work! The group are thinking next time they might like to do a still life with grapes. Hmm, learning element for me. Painting grapes for almost-beginners in a few hours.
Yesterday afternoon during the post-lunch-pre-dinner lull, we took over one of the rooms at Eight4Nine in Palm Springs and held a watercolor collage workshop. (The other half of the ‘we’ is Rick of Incredible Art Center.) A couple of attendees didn’t show which made it a class of five, three of whom weren’t sure about their creativity levels. We fixed that! Here are some of the results.
Tom, Dylan with first collage, Laura.
Dylan with second collage, Jim and AJ.
Just about every time I do a watercolor collage workshop, someone (usually someone who thought they weren’t terribly creative) does something that no one else has done before. This time it was Jim who wanted a cow as an item on his collage. He like to cook and is collecting food or food-source related art for his kitchen. After creating his background, he wanted to put a cow-head shaped foreground piece and needed help drawing a cow. I’ve actually never drawn one, but after a couple tries came up with an outline that he was happy with. Additionally, he painted the face and shadow items on with watercolor after. All the students were so engrossed in what they were doing, we delayed the delicious appetizers until the end of the class.
I am planning out the paintings that I will coach people through in my paint-and-wine classes for the rest of the year (I try to plan ahead so that when last minute stuff happens, I have time for it….). As I didn’t want to always present skyscapes and waterscapes, I turned to my fellow bloggers for a little inspiration and soon found it.
Victor Rakmil is a photographer who, like me, is apparently a birdaholic. I was utterly taken by the fifth photo on this blog entry and he gave me permission to use it as a basis for one of my class paintings. Here’s ‘Merganser Parade’, planned for October at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.
We were meant to be 16 but one student had babysitter problems at the last minute – so 15 ladies, 10 of them from Morongo Casino came to Vanguard Gallery last night to paint Cottonwood Creek. I didn’t take many pictures during the later stages as with 15 that was a lot of time that I needed to give individual help to the members of the group. A few snuck off at the end to grab a burrito next door so not all are holding their finished work, but you can see just about all the paintings that were completed.
Working on clouds
Some of the graduates
Next month on Aug 25th we’ll be painting a sunrise (see below). If you’re in the area and would like to join the class, please contact Rick either through the Vanguard Gallery website or by calling him at (562) 556 5178. Please call him by August 23rd, though as we may have shopping to do. At the last minute we had to turn away four people because we didn’t have the supplies for additional students and it was too late to acquire them.