“Painting Bold and Controlled” Watercolor with Wes Waugh (519WW)
9 am – 4 pm
Level: Experienced beginners – intermediate
Friday 19th /Morning Session (9:00am-12:00pm):
I will demonstrate painting a landscape using the wet-into-wet approach. During this demonstration, I will discuss proper set-up of your pigments and preparation of the surface of the watercolor paper for getting the best results. I will also focus on what I consider a necessary (and slightly different) mindset for using this technique and getting both successful results and enjoyment from the process. As we proceed with different stages of the painting, I like to point out and discuss common problems that artists typically encounter at the various stages, and preventative ways of counteracting / avoiding these pitfalls. Lastly, I will provide learning models and handouts that I have developed that form the core of my teaching approaches. These serve to keep me on track during the complex challenges of watercolor painting.
10:45-11:00 am BREAK
“Hands On” Wet-into-Wet Experiential Activity / Materials provided
12:00-1:30 pm LUNCH
Friday 19th / Afternoon Session (1:30-4:30 pm)
I encourage participants to paint a simplified landscape in the manner and using the processes that I demonstrate during the morning. I like to provide a quick sketch template (probably Grandfather Mountain) that participants can work from or they may certainly provide their own landscape resources from sketches or photographs. It is preferable to keep your subject matter relatively simple to be able to focus on this process, especially if unfamiliar with painting wet-into-wet. Complex subject matter, such as scenes with a lot of buildings, barns, people, etc. may be less preferable for those just beginning to experiment with this approach. I will show participants how to simplify and arrange landscape shapes in to a successful composition, and how to suggest many of the natural elements with minimal detail.
Saturday 20th /Morning Session (9:00am-12:00pm):
We will spend some time debriefing our experience yesterday. This includes Q & A, discussing nuances that resulted in success or frustration, etc. I will also review and demonstrate wetness control using the Compass Model. This will also reinforce the importance of understanding value (light & dark) pigment relationships in building and composing our painting. We will do an abstraction exercise that uses and focuses on these principles. This will be a guided activity.
10:45-11:00 am BREAK
Abstraction Guided Exercise – Painting an Experience using the Compass Wetness Model.
12:00-1:30 pm LUNCH
Saturday 20th / Afternoon Session (1:30-4:30 pm)
I encourage participants to attempt a 2nd landscape, complete with planning phase, value sketch, etc. Subject can be one of your choosing from a personal image or borrowed from the resource file. Wes will work with each participant as individually as possible as they experience the different stages and timing phases required to successfully complete a painting. It will be suggested that you decide on a subject the day/evening before and for “homework”, spend time thinking through the possible ways you want to present this subject and some of the problems you expect to encounter. This allows us to be pre-emptive in our morning discussion, a necessary and very useful strategy when painting with watercolor!
Wes Waugh is a Boone, North Carolina artist, juror, workshop instructor and presenter. Originally from Statesville, N.C., he has been painting since the age of 12 and is currently recognized as one of the southeast region’s leading landscape watercolorists. Wes’s artwork resides in private collections around the U.S., in the estate collection of the late Charles Kuralt, in the High Country home of author Lee Smith, in the Appalachian State University Turchin Center Permanent Collection, and has been featured in U.S. Air Magazine. Waugh describes his influences as stemming from the translational and design influenced watercolor landscapes of the late Eliot O’Hara and Edgar Whitney, both prominent mid-20th century American watercolor masters. His first watercolor workshop was taken with renowned artist and AWS Dolphin Award Winner, Joe Miller, in 1988. Wes has also studied with contemporary watercolorists William B. Lawrence, and Cheng Khee-Chee, both students of the late Edgar Whitney. He cites artist, author and friend, Noyes Capehart Long, with providing “great influence in pushing me to develop multi-media techniques. In addition, Noye’s art and process motivated me to explore textural work and construction pieces”. Wes’s best known work is landscape oriented, and typically dominated by bold watercolor washes and the use of a variety of surfaces chosen to best reflect the nature and essence of his subjects. Being a lifelong outdoor enthusiast greatly contributes to the direction of his subject material as images collected over years of backpacking, canoeing and fishing excursions often form the base from which new paintings evolve. Travels to India, China, the U.S. west, and the Canadian wilderness have all inspired new work usually with a solo exhibition following. He has held twelve solo exhibitions and a number of partnered exhibitions during his painting career: “I find comfort in knowing that remote wilderness areas still exist, and often try and draw from my personal experience in visiting these areas as a new painting forms. There is no greater reward than someone feeling strongly enough about one of your efforts to make art, that they want to place the result in their home”.
To learn more about Wes and see more of his work visit his website.