The whole piece when it was dry this morning - click twice for detail.
After a brief lecture, Bill had us start working in class doing a warm up exercise with paint. He mixed tube watercolor with water in a small plastic shot glass and showed us how to get the right consistency for what we were doing. He lay down a drop cloth on the new studio floor so we would not get paint on the new floor and then he demonstrated pouring & splashing on a piece of watercolor paper followed by making a gesture in the air with your paint brush filled with paint. We are going to add to these paintings each week with a new exercise each time over the next 3 weeks. The idea is that besides the techniques we'll learn, there will be time to think and rediscover our pieces when we work on them again, looking at them with fresh eyes. Here is Bill in action:
He's picking up excess paint with a brush for faster drying
Another student Elmer, is trying out the exercise
One of my favorites is below - by Barbara, I believe.
Bill's example for us for our second exercise using shapes and color . . .
students working during class -so much fun to see the variations.
Bill's second piece he worked on while we worked on our shapes and colors - I love it!