Monday, December 7, 2009

Painting Waterlilies & Lilyponds Workshop results!

Kathleen Alexander with the waterlily demo she painted with our class.

I spent a wonderful weekend learning to paint waterlilies and lilyponds with Artist/Teacher Kathleen Alexander .
I've always admired Kathleen's work since I found her on the web. I love the colors she use and the subjects she paints and wanted to learn from her.
I was so pleased with the whole experience and what she taught. She has a amazing eye for color, and showed us how to see deeper in the subject. I could see more details about the picture than before, my eyes became more colorized! Even after class when driving home, I could see more colors in the clouds, mountain ranges and sunsets, my brain was interpreting a deeper range. It was surprising to me but expanding and wonderful.
She likes to work with fresh squeeze paint and mixes up her mixes before painting and keeps a brush ready in the mix for each of the colors she's using at the time, usually two three are going. She likes to mix colors right on the paper versus mixing on a palette and applies rich colors right from the start instead of many glazes. Her darks are dark from the start. In her picture, the dark is a deep mix of indigo. She also softens alot of hard edges and blending with water.
It was a great class and if you want to see her work up close, she's part of the co-op gallery Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, CA.

And here's what I painted in class. I still have some softening to do with the highlights and some work on the lily pads, but overall, I'm very happy!



  1. Sheila, your painting is absolutely beautiful! And Kathleen's work, too! I'm a glazer, so I'm glad to hear about the techniques you learned— mixing intense color right from the start.

  2. Sheila,
    It's Suzie from class. Found your blog and wanted to say I really enjoyed meeting you. It's 7 degrees here by the way. Hope to keep in touch.


  3. This is beautiful, Shelia! I, too, love taking workshops and learning new techniques.

  4. Sheila-what a remarkable painting! It looks like a photo. While the pinks and greens in the reflection look like your style, the way the colors are mixed on the paper is a technique you don't usually use; it's so beautiful and so effective. I miss you-hope we can get the group together after the holidays.

  5. Lindo trabalho,adorei,desejo-lhe um Feliz Natal!!!Beautiful work

  6. Hi Sheila,

    It is just lovely:))

  7. Have I told you lately that you are amazing!
    Love, love, love this painting.

    ..And I'm pretty fond of Brad's Angel, too!