Own Your Encore

My Encore Excursions

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Garden Color Class

Another online class with Shari Blaukopf to focus on color and green tones in the garden.

Working from a photo from Shari… but I have visited this little school house at ‘Christiansen Nursery Skagit Valley WA’

Sketch 1

Sketch 2


Other work from the week:



Capturing Light Color Shadow

Time to learn some shadow techniques now that the sun is out. Shari Blaukopf is a master of strong color and shadow so I tried her techniques via her online class … she is a great instructor and keeps the technique instruction straightforward. I had some success in my practice and now have some confidence to go out on these sun filled days and capture the light, color and shadows.

Also tried the ‘negative painting’ technique per Brenda Swenson.¬† It’s a popular method for watercolor florals. It is a method of layering color and leaving white space.

Just doodling florals…



Outdoor Sketching

A couple tips from instructors for outdoor sketching 1) neatly pack everything you need… shown here is a upcycled camp stool tote… i was sketching w Catherine Gill and she had this handy stool and storage tote … i copied the design with some success¬† 2) Stephanie Bower teaches all her students how to make this lap easel… it works terrific… gator board cut to size with a couple holes, water receptical is a recycled pill bottle and some clips!



Nature’s Paintbrush…Wetlands

Today’s walk in the wetlands is overcast but has given some wonderful colors and shapes… So I am creating this blog post while I walk… Tomorrow I will bring my sketching tools!

The summer Sun will soon cook the colors for a new palette.