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.
Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
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. For this class, avoid buying paints that have the words “Mixture” or “Hue” in the name. They may not yield the same results. Required:
    • Aureolin Yellow or Winsor Lemon
    • Cadmium Yellow Light or Medium
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Rose Madder Genuine
    • Cadmium Red Light or Medium
    • Permanent Rose
    • Dioxazine Violet (Winsor Violet)
    • Cobalt Blue
    • French Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue (green shade)
    • Viridian
    • Phthalo Green (blue shade)
    • Hooker’s Green
    • Burnt Sienna
  • Optional:
    • Permanent Orange
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    • 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. Note: Check out the discounted brushes at Artist and Craftsman Supply at 4350 8th Ave NE. They frequently have a variety of decent seconds available for $1 to $4 each.
  • Painting or drawing board: One option is to get an Artist Tote Board. They come in an 18” x 18” size. For our purposes, you don’t need anything larger.
  • A roll of 3/4” drafting, artist or painter’s tape
  • An 18 well (or larger) white plastic palette. If you don’t already have one, I recommend something like this example: http://www.cheapjoes.com/alvin-heritage-paint-palettes.html
  • A small 2 or 4-oz. plastic spray bottle

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

If you have any questions, email me at lindajamesart@gmail.com

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 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.