Watercolor for Beginners with Bob Eoff (729BE)


July 29, 2017

9 am – 4 pm

Level: Beginner
Tuition: $110
All materials provided

Still life by Bob Eoff

Still life by Bob Eoff

You have enjoyed looking at watercolors and may have wanted to feel what it was like to work with. Here is your opportunity to enjoy the unpredictable. One of the most important keys unravelling the beauty of watercolor painting is partnership with a medium that is full of spontaneity. You literally have to ‘go with the flow’. Watch colors crash into each other and combine and blend before your eyes. Appreciate the transparency of the pigment and learn basic layering to achieve simple forms.

  1. The Vocabulary of Watercolor (demo)
  • Washes—flat, gradated, variegated—local color inherent in an object—developing a palette
  • Brush Strokes (calligraphy)—more focused, sometimes detailed paint application
  • Lifting—soft-edged highlights created by blotting with a tissue, paper towel, etc.
  • Scraping—hard-edged highlights from moving color from one part of the surface to another
  • Tool Marks—highlights delivered by sponges, X-acto knife, etc., scarring the surface of the paper
  • Texture—spritzing, masking, splatter


III. The Sequential “work” Plan…Let’s Paint!

  • Block in Local Color—use washes to paint positive and negative spaces
  • Develop Light Areas—use lifting, scraping and tool marks to create highlights
  • Add Deep Darks—mix pigments to create a deep, dark contrast to the highlights
  • Add Necessary Details—using brushstrokes to better define subjects in your painting

          Group Critique/Review

Bob Eoff

Robert Eoff is an artist who paints in both watercolor and oil. He is currently represented by The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk, NC.

He began painting watercolors in the early 1970’s, influenced by a colony of artists in his hometown of Memphis, TN. Many of these artists painted rural landscapes from the Mississippi delta. Initially self-taught, he began taking classes in 2001 from one of those artists, Fred Rawlinson, who helped him turn his “colored water” paintings into rich watercolors. He studied with Rawlinson for ten years.

Eoff spent most of his career in broadcast television in production, marketing, and as general manager of local television stations. In 2000, The New York Times Company, promoted him to a regional Vice President for the Broadcast Media Group. In 2004, he was named President over all nine of the company’s stations and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. During his broadcast career, he continued to paint and was awarded ribbons at several regional competitions, including the honor of Signature Artist of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. He is also an associate member of the Florida Watercolor Society; the Watercolor Society of North Carolina; the American Watercolor Society; and the National Watercolor Society.

After his retirement in 2007, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Memphis and served as Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations. It is there that he began painting in oil, first, studying with Memphis artist Nancy Cheairs, and later, both oil and gouache with artist Jed Jackson. He retired again in 2011 to paint full time. He has participated in a number of gallery artists’ shows including The Art Cellar Gallery; Fort Smith Art and History Museum; Perry Nicole Gallery; Rawlinson Atelier annual shows; David Perry Smith Gallery; Blowing Rock Art and History Museum; and Askew, Nixon, Ferguson Architects one-artist shows. He has taught watercolor workshops in North Carolina and will teach workshops this fall in Florida.

Eoff is a representational artist who paints people and places that he has experienced throughout his life. “When I was traveling to our different stations, I always took a sketch book along. Sitting in airports waiting for planes, I was able to do figure sketches of people as they posed unaware of my work.” Today, one of his favorite things to do is to load up his art materials and “get lost on some of the winding back roads of Florida and North Carolina. I find mountain streams with fly fishers; rusty-roofed barns and little white clap board churches; and some of the more interesting people who live there.” Eoff has lived in Florida since his second retirement and has begun painting similar scenes from the Gulf Coast. “Southwest Florida is so different from my past experience…the colors are incredible…and the landscapes and seascapes are extraordinary…it is a whole new world to explore.”

See more of Bob’s work at www.bobeoff.com

"Moon Shadow" Watercolor by Bob Eoff