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Dynamic Values and Deconstructing Gray with Kathleen Giles

Monday, October 18, 2021, 9:00 AM until Thursday, October 21, 2021, 4:00 PM
Christ the King Church Ministries Building
3900 N. Rodney Parham Rd.
Little Rock, AR  72212
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Paula Kalina
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Realistic watercolor techniques with Kathleen Giles

This class will explore the importance of value and focal points
enhanced by a unified color scheme. Kathleen will explain the
importance of grays and demonstrate the mixing of triads. Mixtures can
be altered by the ratio of warm to cool color that enhances the glow of
the final painting. The class will work with a limited palette. Working at
a manageable size with larger shapes will allow students to finish the
three different studies the class will do. Each morning and afternoon
will begin with a demonstration with plenty of personal one on one
attention. Critique will take place at the end of each day. Wet-into-wet
and glazing techniques will be demonstrated and explained. The class
subjects will be a white peony, a sky over the water and water lilies.

Some previous watercolor experience needed

Supply List

I don’t require my students to have my exact palette or supplies, but the quality of paint, paper and brushes I use allow me to get the results that I do.

 Please have a transparent warm staining yellow, pink and thalo, (or winsor) blue and green!

(Aureolin is too green)  I use mostly transparent staining paints.  I use the Indanthrene Blue, Perylene Maroon, thalo/winsor green and blue to make my blacks. I strongly urge students to use Arches watercolor paper, 140 or 300 lb. cold press. I use 300 # Arches bright white. Old paper is subject to sizing problems and should be saved for something other than a class or workshop setting. 

* Permanent Yellow  Light –Mijello  Mission (mine)   T

* Permanent Rose (Winsor Newton) (Mission) T

* Perylene Maroon (W. N.) I use this a lot  T

* Indanthrene Blue (Daniel Smith)   T

* Winsor Blue Red shade(W. N) or phthalo Blue, Joe’s Blue  T

* Sky Blue (Cheap Joes) semi opaque

* Winsor Green Blue Shade (W.N.)or phthalo Green, Joe’s Green   T

Chinese White (for fixing mistakes, if needed)

Brushes are important. You need a good large wash brush, I use a sable/synthetic W.N. 2” brush. I also paint with it. I use a Joe Miller Signature series 50/50 cat’s tongue ¾” for my damp color applications. I find that a rounded flat brush is essential for smooth application of paint in many situations. I also use rounds that come to a good point. I use sable,  sable/synthetic blends and some synthetic, one or two sizes 6 thru 12. I have a couple very small sables for tiny lines.

A scrubby brush, I use a fritch scrubber, 6 and 12. (Cheap joes)

Paper- I use Arches 300lb. bright white paper .  I prefer sheets, not blocks, so you can wet the back of the paper.

Palette- A plastic palette with mixing wells, I use Robert Wood. I think it important to have a palette with wells large enough for a generous amount of paint that you can put a larger brush into. I let my colors dry and then spray them. They are more concentrated and easier to work with, in my opinion. Please get your paints squeezed out before the first day of class. Tiny pinpricks of fresh color won’t work for wet-into-wet painting! If you have questions, e-mail me. 

Masking fluid- I use Incredible White Mask  

A fine pointed brush for applying mask and a little dish soap

Spray bottles, regular and a fine mist sprayer

Masking tape, paper towels, (I wrap my paper towels around a big car washing sponge)

Mr. clean magic eraser, plain

I use a mechanic pencil, a good eraser

A piece of gator board or some hard waterproof board to mount your painting on.  Plexi-glass works well to flatten paper during the painting process.

Water container

Hair dryer

If you have any specific questions, you can e-mail me