watercolor

William (Bill) Epps watercolors in Room L-129 during May

At the library's Artist's Date last month retired architect William (Bill) Epps gave a demonstration of how to draw perspective so artists can include buildings in their paintings. He went on to paint an abstract under-painting consisting of pools of colors that would later appear in the finished painting. And then he covered the whole wet painted paper with plastic wrap, so the colors would puddle in the ridges of plastic wrap. This is how he begins his painting process.

This month you can enjoy the finished paintings of this artist who combines the drafted precision of the architect and the random freedom of the master watercolorist, in the library's meeting room, Room L-129

Artist's Date coming up April 23rd

A couple of times a year we invite adult artists to the library to paint together, enjoy each other's company, and watch an artist demonstration. Imagine a lovely spring morning; you are standing at your easel or sitting at a table in our sunny front room among other artists. Warm conversation gradually fades into an embracing communal silence as each artist happily focuses on his or her work. Outside, the college’s dominant male crow struts up to the window and engages in a percussive battle with his reflection in the glass. The college caterer silently slips in with coffee, water, and dessert. As people get hungry, they put down their implements, open their lunches, and conversation picks up again. After lunch, an artist, this time, retired architect Bill Epps, Jr., gives a relaxed demonstration of his watercolor painting technique. Is this for you?

Then mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See you then!

LIFE: Watercolor Craft with Krissy

watercolor brushBring out your inner child with creative watercolors this Wednesday.  Let Krissy Conn, our resident artist, show you simple and easy watercolor painting techniques.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
10:00am
LRNC 131

View the entire LIFE schedule at LIFE Workshops - CyFair.

Image: http://www.bellalunatoys.com/waldorf-watercolor-paint-brush.html.

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Books as Art, pt 2

More watercolors. Another of my favorite artists is Marc Simont.

He won the Caldecott medal in 1957 for A Tree is Nice. All the pictures in this book are not in color. It was too expensive back then to do every picture in color, so publishers just printed every other spread in color when they made picture books.

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