Portrait in Watercolor with Jeanne Potter

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Jeanne Potter, Man with Green Shirt, watercolor, 13” x 19”

*Some drawing and watercolor painting experience required

Discover how the delicate translucency and speed of watercolor is ideally suited to capturing light, shadows and form of the face and clothed figure through mood and angle of pose. There will be an emphasis on using the watercolor medium including correct brushwork, water/pigment ratio and the application to various watercolor paper surfaces.  Learn how to mix fresh and effective color combinations for a variety of skin tones and hair color along with the ability to see value as color.  Study how to capture a likeness through careful interpretation of what one sees.  Successful composition and correct application of anatomy will be discussed.  Course includes instructor demonstrations along with a display of historical and contemporary artists.  Students will be encouraged to develop a personal style and painting aesthetic.

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Jeanne Potter, A Close Study, watercolor, 6” x 6”

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”
Optional: Required for technique of underpainting if you would like to try this session: One Sheet Strathmore Illustration board or Strathmore 500 series Bristol Illustration board 22” x 30”

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: Required for underpainting technique if you would like to try: 1 tube Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache Zinc White

Optional colors:  Viridian, Lavender (Holbein), Verditer Blue (Holbein), Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate), Permanent Rose and Davy’s Gray.

Palette:  (Preferred) Holbein metal sectional palette and additional Enameled white ‘Butcher’s Tray Palette’ 11” x 15” for extra mixing space if desired
(Not needed if you choose the Pelikan Pan Set, only for tube paints)

Masonite Sketch board 15” x 16”
Scotch White Paper Tape ¾”
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”

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Jeanne Potter, Camilia with Crossed Arms, watercolor, 11” x 12”