Color Magic with Watercolor

Linda James grew up in the midwest and received a BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971.
Her path in life has always included a range of overlapping interests. For over 40 years, Linda has been a freelance graphic designer. In addition, she operated a fiber arts studio in the 70s, raised a family in the 80s, became an herbalist in the 90s, and had an herbal health care practice in the early 2000s. Indigenous art forms have always intrigued her – including Indonesian ikat and shibori, aboriginal dot paintings, Native American carving and basketry, and African and Central American textiles. There is a spiritual content in all of these art forms that unifies them. It is that focused intent that influences her present work in watercolor. In 2010, she began creating one-of-a-kind handpainted artist books. Creating visual narratives is of particular interest as well as exploring the emotional and spiritual vibration of color. Her paintings continue to be exhibited regionally and are in private collections around the country.
9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Tube watercolors, professional grade. My favorite brands are Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton and Holbein. DaVinci is a good option as well. Most brands come in 14 or 15 ml tubes. Winsor & Newton offers 5 ml tube sizes Required:
    • Aureolin or Winsor Lemon
    • Cadmium Yellow Light or Medium
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Rose Madder Genuine (Winsor & Newton)
    • Cadmium Red Light or Medium
    • Permanent Rose (Winsor & Newton or Holbein)
    • Dioxazine Violet (same as Winsor Violet)
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue (same as Winsor Blue)
    • Viridian
    • Phthalo Green (same as Winsor Green)
    • Hooker’s Green
    • Burnt Sienna
  • Optional:
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    • Permanent Orange
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Cobalt Turquoise Light
    • Quinacridone Magenta
    • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • Brushes. I recommend mixed synthetic/natural hair brushes, but there are some good synthetic brushes available and they tend to be more affordable: A #8 round, a #3 or #4 round and a 3/4” flat
  • Optional: a 1-1/2″ wash

Note: Check out the discounted brushes at Artist and Craftsman Supply at 4350 8th Ave NE. They occasionally have a variety of decent seconds available for $1 to $4 each.

  • Painting or drawing board that can hold an 11″ x 15″ sheet of paper
  • A roll of 3/4” drafting or blue painter’s tape
  • An 18 well (or larger) white plastic palette. If you don’t have one, I recommend something like this example:
  • A small 2 or 4 oz. plastic spray bottle
  • Two water containers
  • A pencil and eraser

I will supply watercolor paper, paper towels, handouts, and additional watercolor pigments for experimentation. There will be a $20 supply fee for the paper, handouts, and use of additional pigments and materials.

Applying color theory principles and using specific exercises, we will learn methods for color mixing and layering; how to mix beautiful grays and neutrals and how to identify and recreate colors as seen in nature. This class is designed for students who already have some experience with watercolor and want to learn how to make the most dynamic use of color in abstract painting.