Rhonda Carpenter posted that the Watercolor Society was bringing Carol to town, I jumped for joy when I saw that it was going to be a weekend! Taking off three days of work would not have been an option. I was thrilled when Rhonda let me know that there was an opening. Which all brought me to this weekend of fun.
This weekend was fun meeting Carol and it was fun meeting new people. There were 4 of us that were not members of the GCWS. Laura Starrett, from New Jersey, and all the ladies were so nice and fun to get to know. It was wonderful to catch up with Deb Ward and her friend Sharon.
Carol has a relaxed step by step approach. She gives us the tools and allows us to discover and make the techniques she taught us our own.
To the right is my interpretation of that days exercise.
On day two Carol stepped her lesson up a notch by showing us how to use masking tape and liquid mask to cover a large area when we did a gradated wash for the background for our silhouette of flowers.
Carol talked about the importance of good brushes, such as, a 2 inch sable to create a gradated wash without streaks. Unfortunately, I do not have one. (*Note to self to get one)
After the wash dried we took off the the tape and mask. Carol showed us how to work from back to front to make the lighter areas stand out.
After class half of us met with Carol for dinner. It was a wonderful evening getting to know Carol and others in the class. Lots of good conversation.
I feel very blessed to have been able to have A) meet Carol personally after so many years of chatting on FB; B) learn some of her techniques and C) meet some interesting and fun ladies.
Thanks Rhonda for organizing this fun weekend!