Still Life Watercolors with Jeanne Potter

Explore the poetic beauty of watercolor still life.  Learn to create strong watercolor paintings of still life subjects and develop a painting aesthetic with an emphasis on composition, effective shadows and light and how they relate to color.  The course will begin with a painting in black and white to instill a strong sense of value and composition before moving on to color.  The fundamentals of color mixing, ratio of pigment to water and glazing techniques will be covered as well as in-class demonstrations.  Students will be encouraged to develop a personal style and approach to watercolor painting as it applies to still life.

Jeanne Potter, Sunflowers, 11” x 13”, watercolor, 2017

Jeanne Potter, Still Life with Pears and Book,
10 3/4” x 13 3/4”, watercolor, 2017

Supply List
Paper:  4 Sheets Arches 140 lb 22” x 30” Cold (semi-rough) or Hot (smooth) Press or a combination of - will cut to size in class.
(OR Fabriano 140 lb. Cold Press Pad of 50 sheets 11” x 14”)

Watercolor Brushes:  #12 & #8 Round Sable or Sable Synthetic Blend and a small brush for detail.
(Optional: ½” or 1” Flat; Isabey Siberian Blue Squirrel Quill Mop #2, or #5)
**If you can only afford one brush, please purchase a Pointed Round Size 10 Raphael Short Handle Kaerell Synthetic 8394 which is very versatile.

Paints:  Winsor Newton preferred
(or Cotman if too pricy to purchase Winsor Newton)
Small tubes:  Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Permanent Sap Green, Permanent Green #1 (made by Holbein), Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Black (Lamp or Ivory)
(*More Affordable Option:  Pelikan Transparent Watercolor Pan Set of 12)
Optional colors:  Viridian, Lavender (Holbein), Verditer Blue (Holbein), Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate), Permanent Rose and Davy’s Gray.

Palette:  Enameled white ‘Butcher’s Tray Palette’ 11” x 15”
(Not needed if you choose the Pelikan Pan Set, only for tube paints)

Masonite Sketch board 15” x 16”

Scotch White Paper Tape ¾” (available at Staples and Office Express in Old Lyme)

Pencils:  HB and 2B
Eraser:  Kneaded eraser only
Clear, transparent glass jar with lid
Bounty paper towels
Small spiral bound sketchbook (Suggestion: Strathmore 100 sheets 5 ½” x 8 ½”)

Jeanne Potter, Shells with Coral in a Wooden Box,
8” x 11 1/2”, watercolor