Tag: Watercolor

Red, Yellow, Blue

I had a great time this week with a one day workshop at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The class was taught by Georgia Kandiko, a long time educator, award winning professional watercolor artist and as she describes herself, “an arboretum devotee.”

Georgia provided us the opportunity to limit a painting to three colors. In my case that meant ignoring 21 other colors on my palette for three basic colors- red, yellow, blue!  In teaching color theory to K-12th graders for 30+ years these three colors would be primary colors.

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en plein air

I have discovered the joy of en plein air painting since migrating to Florida for the month of March. Painting en plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air.”

For those not familiar with plein air it is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists.

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