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Tropical Orchid Paint Away (Four-Week Series)

Orchids and the “Soft Focus Backgrounds”

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 1–3 PM

Conservatory Meeting Room C/D

Hard edges demand our attention, but the soft vague, edges let our eye drift. We will paint the backgrounds first, on damp paper, using the wet-into-wet techniques. Letting the paper dry, we can now paint the botanical illustration with controlled, tight edges.

Orchids and the Abstract Designs

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1–3 PM

Conservatory Meeting Room A

Incorporate masking tape or rulers into your watercolor practice. Break from the tradition floral and become more contemporary in creating compositions. Picasso and Braque will be our mentors.

Orchids and the Neutrals

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 1–3 PM

Conservatory Meeting Room A

Neutral colors are the combination of red and green, blue and orange and purple and yellow. When mixed together, they make neutrals, brown shades. Knocking back the backgrounds with the use of opposite colors is a way to bring the foreground into a clarified view. Learn why drying time is important, as this technique requires bone-dry paper to work.

Orchids and the Overlapping Shapes

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1–3 PM

Conservatory Meeting A

When overlapping shapes, foreground shapes become larger even though the same size simply because they sit in front. Things that are closer to us, sit at the bottom of the paper, and need more clarity than those that sit in the behind, because they need more space. It’s a lesson we must know in order to show perspective.

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