Painting Light in Watercolor

Willow Heath is a visual artist, watercolor illustrator, art educator, and storyteller. Willow spent her early childhood off-the-grid in the remote Alaskan wilderness, an experience that is reflected in Willow’s art and unique teaching methods. Willow has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries for 20 years and instructing art courses to adults and youth since 2000. Willow’s visual art is composed of watercolor vignette inspirations, each displaying Willow’s eye for detail, realism, and experimentation of the medium. “As a visual artist I create paintings from my personal inspirations, as a teacher I guide my students through the building blocks to create and draw upon their own inspirations. I feel it is integral to enjoy the process of art as much as the outcome. With this in mind I design curriculum that reflect both the inspirational and academic qualities within the creative process.”
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
    • 140lb cold press watercolor paper (recommended Strathmore 400 Series 9X12 (or smaller) pad)
    • 1 watercolor pan set (recommended: Angora Watercolor Pan 10-14 color set)


    • Recommended : Princeton Series 4350 Synthetic Golden Taklon Round brushes
    • 1 round synthetic watercolor brush size 0/1 and assorted sizes 3-6
    • 1 flat watercolor wash brush / size 1 inch
    • 1 liner brush
  • 1 permanent black fine tip pen( Micron brand recommended)
  • 1 pencil and non-marking erasure
  • 1 roll artist’s tape (artist’s tape, not painter’s tape)
  • masking fluid: Supernib Masquepen masking fluid pen
  • paper towels
  • table salt
Light, color, and reflection give watercolors depth and illumination. Develop your understanding for painting light by creating a series of small watercolor studies of reflective surfaces such as gems, eyes, fruit, lips, or metal. Learn valuable color mixing techniques; fine-tune your wet and dry brush techniques; and give your watercolors the illusion of dimension and illumination.