Palette and Brush Remarks

10/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

A quote for Edgar J. Whitney, the "Father of Watercolor": “A vignette is a piece of subject matter in a well-designed piece of white space.” gailism: Vignettes can be painted off one, two, or three sides of your watercolor paper, BUT NEVER four.

09/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

To quote Ava Duvernay: “If you try and it doesn’t work out, you’re not a failure. You’re a risk taker.” gailism: Remember, you learn more from your mistakes than your successes!

09/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Too much pigment and not enough water may make a "stickie" mix that will not flow.

08/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

In April 1998, Ken and I vacationed in Rome. More Masterpieces of 2-D and 3-D art and Architecture than I could ever digest. I was overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of all the city had to offer. I was moved to write the following note on April 29th: “Perspective is the road to understanding what you see!”

08/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Birthing a painting is similar to birthing a baby! You decide to. You make your plans. You gather supplies. The baby arrives, the painting is started. Each one goes through phases of development until they get to be teenagers and you want to throw them away! That is just before they start to mature and become your own work of art! Now you begin to really enjoy them.

07/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

There is nothing that I, as your instructor can do, which will overcome what you, the student, is not willing to try!

07/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

A palette full of pigments and a jar full of brushes does not automatically make you an artist. You can paint anything you want with one tube each of the three primary colors and three brushes. Why do I say this? Because my first w/c instructor started me that way. I can paint anything I want to paint using only the above mentioned three and three.

06/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Oscar Wilde said, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." You must have "Variations" in your paintings. Variations of Line, Value, Color, Texture, Shape, Size and Direction. These, by the way, are “The Seven Basic Elements of Design.”

06/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” You can’t drive from where you are to Alaska without a detailed plan. In life and in art, if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? You must plan your painting before you start putting pigment to paper. Save

05/15/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Composition~Shapes: Everything is made up of abstract shapes. An ideal composition usually includes a combination of organic, geometric and abstract shapes. You as the artists “In Charge” are a Shape Maker. Always ask yourself: “Is that a good Shape?”.

05/01/2019

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Every painting is a new set of problems! Solving those problems and learning from them is what creates an artist.

04/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

There are five ways to apply pigment to watercolor paper: 1. Wet on Dry; 2. Wet into Wet; 3. Dry on Wet; 4. Dry on Dry; and 5. Bridge of Color. To quote Edgar Whitney “If you paint watercolor wet into wet, that is the most natural way.”

04/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

ART IS FUN! STAY WITH IT!! YOU WILL BE REWARDED!!!

03/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

Even though it’s work, painting can be fun. Creativity is always a struggle. As Robert Henri said: Your painting should look “like it was painted by a man going over the top of a hill, singing.…The painting that looks as if it were done without an effort may have been a perfect battlefield in its making.”

03/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

1.    For watercolor artists—less is more. When in doubt, leave it out! Simplify!!

2.    For Collage and multi-medium artists, more is more. Layer it on!!

02/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

3 most important steps in creating a painting:

1.    Composition

2.    Value

3.    Color

AND IN THAT ORDER!

02/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

You can’t get from one point to another without a plan. You just don’t jump in your car and start. So, let’s plan together. The 1st and 15th of each month I will be offering tips on painting. Hopefully we’ll grow together

01/15/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

YOU STUDENTS ARE MY MUSE. After teaching over 1,500 different students since 1995, this epiphany finally came to me in the fall of 2018. Thank you for this great journey in art we are taking together!! Find your Muse wherever you can and use it.

01/01/19

Palette Points and Brush Re-Markstm According to gail.

My Story: 1982 a neighbor said, “Let’s take a watercolor class”. I replied, “I love watercolor, BUT I DRAW STICK PEOPLE.” I took the class.” It has been a fun, creative and challenging life. IF YOU WANT IT, YOU CAN DO IT! YOU JUST GOTTA WANT IT!