Last Sunday my sister and I collaborated on a watercolor sketching workshop at my father's house, outside of Washington DC. Amanda made a marvelous lunch with wine, dessert and coffee, later there was iced tea and lemon thyme wafers as we lounged in the parlor. It was wonderful! The painters warmed up by making color swatches in their sketchbooks, worked with pattern from the estate's porcelain collections (the color and pattern of the Masons always strikes me as so modern; beautiful and dynamic) then tackled the gardens. I focused on rough color impressions but students were able to bring their sketches to a more advanced level of finish.
Here are some demos of rough color impressions. Watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper, some with a PITT faber-Castell pen.
The painting fit nicely in around the gourmet treats. Many thanks to my father and our friend Pablo who played a crucial role by taking the children to the Air and Space museum.
Sue was one of the participants, she mentioned the workshop on her blog.