Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Watercolor Workshop with Fred Graff

A few weeks ago, I took a workshop with watercolor artist, Fred Graff. Fred is not only a wonderful artist, but a fantastic teacher as well. His focus was on composition and design, as well as application. We all learned...how much we have yet to learn!

It was nice to take a break from portrait commissions for the week. Now it's time to catch up.

Below are a few studies from the workshop:

This painting was started with an abstract underglaze and the figure was defined using negative space.

"Joanna", watercolor on illustration board

Same concept, different subject.

"Tools of the Trade", watercolor on paper

I painted this after the workshop using the concepts I learned.

Mr. Bojangles, watercolor on paper

This is a small oil painting I did earlier to compare media, an exercise suggested by mentor Bill Chambers. This one was painted in water-based oils, the other two will be regular oils and watercolor.


Manon Doyle said...

Wow Peggi! All these paintings are absolutely fantastic!
Sounds like a great workshop!!

Vicki Greene said...

Great work!

Whitemist said...

Negative space can at times be tough to define...especially in water color.
Being more of a landscape artist, all of my "foreground" is "open space", but sometimes fine my initial definition a bit too large or small requiring special care.

Peggi Habets said...

Thanks Manon and Vicki. The workshop was a lot of fun.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I checked out your blog and website. Great wrting and very nice paintings. You are very muti-talented!!

Abby Creek Art said...

I always like the combination of the abstract and the realistic. LOVE the bagel painting!