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Evening in Hudson

March 19, 2015

We’re just back from an evening with the Hudson Artists, thanks to Marie-Eve Lauzier who invited us out to give a demo for the group.

They have an active community of around 75 artists doing workshops, paintouts and group shows year round.

It was a fun night, getting to know our neighbors out west. Hudson seems like a very paintable town. You’ll find scenic views of the water, parks and old houses. They’re also conveniently situated across from Oka National Park, a short jaunt by ferry.

15Mar19_Hudson Demo_Painting

My demo was done from a snapshot taken on our recent trip to Florida. But honestly, as we’re just back from painting dozens of these views, it was from memory more than anything. My main goals in about an hour of talking and painting were to show the simultaneous Larger-to-Smaller, Light-to-Dark and Wet-to-Dry progress of a watercolor.

This kind of painting is something I’m calling Big Brush : Small Brush. That is, the whole sheet worked over with a #14 round, and left to dry. Then the details touched in on top with a #2 rigger. I did touch a few things in the treeline with a #6 round. But really, you could do it all with the #14, it just calls for slowing down a bit and a light touch on the point.

I start with what I call The Three Big Shapes. Sky and Ground (in this case Water), and ‘Everything Else’. The treeline, and all the boats and docks are simply left as a single negative shape at first, then in the second half of the painting, I come back into that long horizontal landscape, and create the shadows, masts, piers and other details that turn it into a marina.

Here’s an older post on the same theory of painting, that I started playing with back in Rio de Janeiro.

15Mar19_Hudson Demo_MHolmes_02

15Mar19_Hudson Demo_MHolmes_01

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda permalink
    March 19, 2015 4:46 PM

    Thank you Marc. You are always so generous with your advice.

  2. March 19, 2015 5:45 PM

    I need to email these to myself to look at later. I love your advice. I need to try this. Beautiful painting too, by the way.

  3. March 19, 2015 7:16 PM

    Beautiful, love the watercolor.

  4. Fred W permalink
    March 19, 2015 7:56 PM

    I have just started reading your blog but I have already learned a few things. I found your painting process in this latest post very helpful, especially in your brush selection and the big 3 shapes. Thank you

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