Acadia Workshop Center

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Workshops run 5 days, M-F, unless noted otherwise.
Steve Rogers
Painting Color and Light in Plein Air Watercolor
Aug. 6 - 10, 2018
Steve Rogers AWS, NWS, TWSA has conducted watercolor workshops for nearly 40 years throughout the US and Europe.  His paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award -“Best of Show” in 2006 and four awards in the American Watercolor Society. Steve is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and was an Ambassador/Director of AWS and is also a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He was the National Invited Juror for the 2007 AWS Exhibition where he served on the Jury of Selection. He was the Chairman of the Jury of Awards for the 2010 AWS Exhibition and he is this year's  Juror and sole Awards Judge for TWSA .  Steve’s work has been featured  in the  magazines Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, l'Art de l'Aquaelle, Pratique des Arts and the books Expressing the Visual Language of the Landscape, Secrets from the Contemporary Watercolor Masters - vol. 1 (in Chinese), The One Hour Watercolorist,  and a Gallery of Marine Art, as well as  two best - selling DVD’s – 7 Secrets of Painting Reflections in Watercolor and The Secrets of Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor.

Beginners and advanced painters alike will learn about light and color and the way juicy and vibrant watercolor behaves, “dealing with dark values in watercolor”, “secrets of painting reflections” and much, much more. Lots of student painting time along with personal help is available every day. We'll all learn a lot and have fun painting plein air watercolors in the spectacular setting of Acadia National Park.

All levels - some experience required

Fee: $ 595

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Supply list
Below is a suggested list of supplies.  Use your judgment - and please call me for any questions concerning anything at  (386) 441-4930 (evenings are best).

PAPERS:  I use Fabriano (new )Artistico (traditional white 140 rough or 300 lb cold pressed 22"x30") or Arches in  both surfaces and weights.

WATER CONTAINER:  Make it adequate– a cut off -11/2 liter water bottle works in the field.

PAPER TOWELS:  (I use Bounty)

DRAWING PENCIL:  An office #2 is adequate – I use a Berol Turquoise HB lead in a mechanical pencil.

KNEADED ERASER:  This eraser will not "tear-up" the paper.

SPRAY BOTTLE:  For keeping paints wet

PALETTE:  I use a small Cheap Joe’s pallet, which I hold much like an oil pallet or a Holbein metal folding pallet if it is windy. A pallet which will maintain fresh color is important; the  Robert Wood or Cheap Joe’s pallets seal in the individual wells better than say a John Pike pallet.The fundamentally important thing is to squeeze out plenty of fresh color when you get to the location.

BRUSHES: I generally use the same size brush throughout the course of a painting accept for very large areas where I use the Hake’ brush. I use an Escoda 1212 Kolinsky Sable round  #12 or #14 or #16 or the Cheap Joe’s Dragon’s Tougne in those sizes, depending on the size of the paper I will be painting on.  You need only one of these. A good and significantly less expensive alternative are the synthetic brushes available at Cheap Joe’s, but the sable is really the best option.  Also I use a 1 ½ inch Holbein Hake' brush for large washes.

PAINTS:  Primarily, I use tubes of Winsor & Newton and Holbien professional grade watercolors. Colors vary a great deal between manufactures so if you have a different Cerulean Blue than W/N it may not look or behave the same as in my painting. In other cases especially “staining colors”, like Prussian Blue, American Jouney colors are a less expensive and equally high quality alternative.Many of these colors may be substituted. If you already have Winsor Blue or American Journey Permanent Rose, for instance, you’ll be just fine. Avoid “Sudent Grade” or colors referred to as “tint” which are simply a dye + white paint. These won’t perform the same as the pigment they imitate:
Manganese Blue Nova -HolbeinBurnt Sienna -W/NCobalt Blue -W/N
Aureolin -W/NBrown Madder -HolbeinCerulean Blue -W/N
Yellow Ochre -W/NPermanent Magenta -Holbein Prussian Blue-W/N
Raw Sienna -W/NCadmium Scarlet -W/NUltramarine Blue -W/N
Cadmium Orange -W/NScarlet Lake -W/NPermanenet Rose -W/N
Cadmium Yellow Pale -W/NCobalt Green-HolbeinCobalt Turquoise -W/N
Perm. Alizarin Crimson -W/N
With plein aire painting, I think we always need to strike a balance between carrying enough  equipment to be comfortable and a  load that is compact and light enough to be able to transport. A full set of equipment for some, may include a Jullian style French easel, umbrella, and stool while others may prefer to make do without any of these and simply paint on the ground. Some of you are old “ old veterans of plein aire” work, for the rest of you, put together what you think you will need and try it out in your back yard and pack it up and walk a little to see how comfortable the load is.

I am including this for indoors painting during inclement weather:
SOURCE MATERIAL: Please bring enough good quality photos (preferred) or sketches if that’s your method. Do not bring photos of paintings by other artists. Be sure subject is sufficiently large and clear . Sunlit subjects are preferable to overcast. Boats and other subjects with reflections will be covered during the workshop.