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Brenda Swenson

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 9:00 AM until 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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Brenda Swenson
Negative Painting with Watercolor:
Workshop Skill Level: Intermediate

Discover the exciting results of negative painting with watercolor! Discover the exciting technique of painting around a subject (the negative space) to define it in the composition. Build your confidence in handling glazes, wet into wet, under paintings and painting into wet passages. Strengthen your understanding of pigments and how they directly relate to the complexed medium of watercolor. During the workshop you’ll learn how to create interesting shapes and depth of color with transparent glazes. Strengthen a painting with overlapping, interlocking shapes and linkage. Students will benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help.


Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, SDWS and CWA.

Her artwork has been featured in countless books and magazines (Splash, the Best of Watercolor, An Illustrated Journey, Creative Freedom, Complete Guide to Watercolor, Watercolor Artist,
Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications). She’s a highly sought after workshop instructor and exhibition juror, nationwide and abroad.

Artist Statement:

Being a painter is more than mastery of techniques. I strive to express how I feel about my world and my response to it. It’s my desire to communicate. My tools are that of a painter: brush, paint and paper. Working en plein air has taught me to be alert and observant and I take this knowledge with me into the studio. I’m constantly striving to capture the effects of light and atmosphere in my work. The constant struggle keeps my work honest and direct.

To see more of Brenda's work visit her website at
Bren Pomegranate
Brenda Swenson White Blossoms
Brenda Swenson Window Ledge

Supply List:

My supply list is not mandatory...however you’ll want to avoid student grade paint that
contains white or looks opaque.

Palette: John Pike palette 15x10 with 20 wells.

Paints: My paints are Daniel Smith Watercolors, unless noted. I add and subtract paint
colors from time to time.
Yellows - Oranges: Hansa Yellow Medium, Raw Sienna (WN), Quinacridone Gold,
Permanent Yellow Deep, Anthraquinoid Scarlet, Quinacridone Burnt Orange
Reds: Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Rose, Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt
Sienna (WN)
Violets: Imperial Purple
Blues: French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Blue Hue, Phthalo Blue (GS),
Cobalt Teal Blue
Greens: Green Gold, Phthalo Turquoise, Phthalo Green (BS)
Payne’s Gray (any brand)

Rounds: Assorted sizes 6 to14
Flat: Da Vinci, 5080 series, size: 20mm and 2 inch or larger brush for wetting paper

Watercolor Paper: I use 140lb Arches cold pressed paper. Do not bring student grade
paper or pads. Precut watercolor paper 11x15 (6 pieces).

Pencils: 2B or 4B pencils. Erasers: kneaded & white eraser.

Miscellaneous Items: Board to support paper, tape or clips, paper towels, 2 water bowls,
3 small dishes (condiment size) and spray bottle.

Reference Photos: I provide reference photos that directly relate to the lessons. You’ll
have an opportunity to use your own photos the last day.

Favorite Art Supplier: Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, (800) 227-2788,