Painting should be fun. Relax and enjoy step-by-step instruction on how to begin, create and finish a watercolor painting! Pour yourself a cup of tea, put some Vivaldi on in the background and let’s get painting!
Fred Lisaius, who is both an accomplished painter ( www.fredlisaius.com) and an inspiring teacher, dispels the myths of watercolor technique and gives some solid, practical methods for improving your control, color, and balance. This class is great for beginners and advanced painters alike and will help open the door for more expressive and personal work.
Spring: Lesson 1: Beaded Washes
Spring: Lesson 2: Glazing and Wet-on-Wet
Spring: Lesson 3: Painting a Magnolia Flower
Spring: Lesson 4: Painting a Daffodil
Spring: Lesson 5: Inventing a Spring Bird
Spring: Lesson 6: Sky with Bee
Summer: Lesson 1: Paint a Beach
Summer: Lesson 2: Summer Fruit
Summer: Lesson 3: A Summer Postcard
Fall: Lesson 1: Three Types of Washes
Fall: Lesson 2: The Salt Technique
Fall: Lesson 3: Landscape Painting
Fall: Lesson 4: Portrait of a Leaf
Fall: Lesson 5: Still Life
Fall: Lesson 6: Detail Painting
Winter: Lesson 1: Techniques Review
Winter: Lesson 2: Deer in Snow
Winter: Lesson 3: Winter Fruit
Winter: Lesson 4: Winter Birch Trees
Winter: Lesson 5: A Cup of Hot Tea
Winter: Lesson 6: Return of the Birds
One of these pads will do or something equivalent:
- Arches Watercolor Pad, 140 lb., Cold Press, 15 to 30 sheets. 9” x 12” or larger.
- Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Pad, 140 lb., Cold Pess, 15 to 30 sheets. 9” x 12” or larger.
One of these palettes or something equivalent with plenty of mixing space. A lid is always nice.
- John Pike Watercolor Palette. It has 20 wells (spaces to put paint). This is the one that I use.
- Richeson Covered Watercolor Palette. It has 22 wells for paint and a lid.
- Jones Watercolor Palette. It has 32 wells for paint and a lid.
Student grade recommended for beginners. Buy the smallest tubes. Good student grade brands are Talens Van Gogh Watercolor Paint and Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor paint.
1 small tube of each:
- Alizarin Crimson
- Pyrol Red (or Cadmium Red)
- Hansa Yellow (or Cadmium Yellow)
- Yellow Ochre
- Cerulean Blue
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Payne’s Grey
- Raw Umber
- Sap Green
A couple of good choices are: Black Gold Watercolor Brushes and Daniel Smith Platinum Series Watercolor Brushes.
- #8, #6, #4 and a #2 Round synthetic or synthetic/natural blend watercolor brushes.
- Masking Fluid: 1 or 2 oz. bottle. Dan Smith or Winsor Newton brands recommended
- Soft pencil: 3B or 4B graphite pencil
- Roll of paper towels
Fred Lisaius is a painter, sculptor, and a popular art teacher at Bellevue College, WA (“Fred is perfect!”). Fred is represented by the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, and his work is in many private and corporate collections. Fred recently had a show at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.
From his statement:
The deeper I go into the forest the closer I feel to the truth. Off of the trail, there is a quiet calm where ideas can be contemplated and refined. In my paintings and my sculptures, I utilize the forum of nature to explore our relationship to the natural world and to each other.