Monday, April 30, 2012

Art Happenings at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

The watercolor workshop painters stepped into a world of color and fragrance last Saturday at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The mission ablaze with a variety of flowers all supporting the presence of arches and hallways that tell the story of its 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 1812. The bell tower was completely obliterated. Now, the bell tower rebuilt and ringing with praise.  Artistic juices flowed; we were encompassed in a blanket of floral jewels that gave life to the broken stucco on the arches and walls.

The class went in all directions snapping reference photos, talking and laughing, pleased about the beautiful day to paint. I set-up my art gear under a gazebo.  Decisions, what to demo for the painters?  Everywhere I looked was a painting. In front of me, a broken stucco column showing the sienna colored bricks, a large weathered pot touching the column with vibrant red geraniums gracefully hanging to the ground; this could be my demonstration. No, I wanted to paint more of a statement about the mission. I looked to my right; there was my demo painting, the Mission Bells!

The Painters were focused all morning, time for a break.  We walked around a corner and stopped in our tracks, in front of us a huge ball of Opera colored Bougainvillea standing in the sun. Carole turned to me and said, Paint That! Yes!! a challenge.  The break was over; we found a spot under an arch for me to demo that gorgeous Bougainvillea.  I was lecturing on color, shape, and the technique when I realized the class was growing in number. Mission visitors where enjoying the demo as a mission attraction. I was pleased!

Walking out of the mission tired, but feeling good about the painting day, we crossed the street to have a late lunch at Cedar Creek.

My next workshop May 19th, Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano.
I invite you to come join us for a fun day painting on location.

Accepting the Challenge

I am on a four week quest, a commitment, to build a more vibrant blog; one that will consistently inform and entertain. I signed up for the 4-week Blog Triage class with Cynthia Morris and Alyson Stanfield. Today’s assignment is to describe the people I want to visit and read my blog.

I will design my Aquarellist, Adventures in Watercolor blog to resonate with energetic men and women looking for a new hobby or a second profession. Painters, quilters, decorators, and newly retired, all who are interested in color, design, placement of shapes and telling their visual story with watercolor.

My intention, to show and tell art happenings, write artist interviews, share watercolor techniques, post information on related art events, promote my Seasonal Watercolor Workshops, and weekly classes.

Links: Cynthia Morris Alyson Stanfield

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Painting On Location

No need to carry a heavy bag full of every painting item you own. Pack light for easy carry and a fun painting day.

My carry bag holds; Camera, few paper towels, small water container, value scale, pencil, white eraser, palette, paper, brushes #8 round/3/4 flat/ rigger/fan/baby tooth brush/ and a folding chair that fits between handles.

No need to haul a cumbersome easel, sit in chair, paint on lap, palette and water on the ground. Easy!

In my week long workshop in September, I will suggest bringing an easel.

I invite you to come paint with me, click the link for more information Barbara Parish

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Watercolor Workshop ~ The Jewel of the California Missions

Mission San Juan Capistrano is called the Jewel of the California Missions. Join me, Saturday, April 21 st, explore and paint the adobe architecture and abundance of flowers.

In this One day - One Painting workshop, I'll demonstrate how to simplify the landscape and talk about selecting a color scheme to grab the essence of this historical mission.

Unsure about Plein Air Painting, no worries, this is fun! Seeing color and object placement in person will give you a greater sense of place. So, come along with me, what you learn on location can help you with a studio painting.

Click Barbara Parish to register.