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Commanding Color

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February 10, 11 & 12, 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Workshop Description:

This course is designed to inspire your creativity by learning to “see” and experience some of the different aspects of color theory and painting light on objects. Color is one of the elements of design! This course is also designed to inspire advanced beginners and provide a review and challenge for the advanced student.


In this 3-day workshop, watercolor painters will be exposed to the importance of pigment quality, the importance of considering the white paper as a “color”, and how to achieve darks. Painters of all mediums will be exposed to all other aspects of color theory to help achieve successful paintings. Acrylic or water-soluble oil painters are welcomed! 


Finished paintings are not our objective; the planning and designing or your color choices are. Your days will be filled with daily demonstrations, lectures, color or design projects, and on-going critiques.


Students are to bring their own supplies along with ample amounts of personal resource materials for any subject that is of interest. Any printed photos should be approximately 8x10. We will be discussing light, so make sure some of your resource materials have direct light on the subject. The best light is from the side, not from the front. Students will be doing their own drawings and using their own personal references during class. Don’t forget to bring a lunch!


About the Instructor:

Sue Archer, AWS, NWS, TWSA, FWS is a studio and plein-air artist, national workshop instructor and national juror and judge for watercolor exhibitions. She showed her work in Art Festivals in Florida from 1985-2014. Now she still shows her work in national watercolor exhibitions.  Since Sue began exhibiting her work in 1985, she has won over 200 state and national awards; has received a Florida State Individual Artist Fellowship grant for painting; and has a DVD “Commanding Color”.


For 25 years Sue had painted large still-lifes showing strong light and with textural interest. Now she is doing abstracted-textural work, close-up or mid-distant landscapes, some figurative works, and drawings; studio and plein-air. Painting the effect of light on her subjects, creating texture and drawing are still passions of hers no matter what the genre.

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