Event Phone: 276.236.3500
- Whimsical Watercolors with D. Alexander
April 4, 2020
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Instructor: Deborah Alexander
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Class Fee: $30 including materials
Let’s paint some beautiful watercolors together! Learn how to paint whimsically in watercolor and mixed media, an easy technique even a beginning painter can accomplish. Starting with a circle, you will build a composition in ink and watercolor, then make the colors “pop” with the addition of white. Take home a beautiful painting and the skills to create more!
|Instructor Will Provide:||Participants will be provided (or you can bring your own)
· White opaque paint/ink
· Spouncers and other “circle-makers”
· Individual Watercolor Sheets (for those who do not have watercolor paper)
· Photos for Inspiration
· Water containers
|· Watercolor paper at least 5 x 7 and no larger than 12 x 12 or 11 x 14 (individual sheets, journal/sketchbook, or watercolor block). If you use individual sheet, be sure and bring a board to tape it down.
· Watercolors and palette
· Watercolor Brushes – Round, size 4, 6, 8, 10 and/or 12, size depends on the size of your paper (I will have extras for any who do not have these)
About the Instructor:
Galax, Virginia Artist, Deborah Alexander, won her first art award in elementary school and has loved to draw, paint, and create from her earliest memory. Deborah fell in love with the medium of watercolor while obtaining an Associate’s degree at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC in 1991, when she took her first watercolor class with Instructor Dana Jean Mabry.
Originally, from Lowgap, NC, Deborah was active in an art group in Mount Airy, NC during her twenties and entered many local art shows where she won two first place awards for pencil drawings, as well as other ribbons and purchase awards. Deborah’s earlier work was realistic and consisted of still lifes and landscapes. Watercolor combined with ink later became a trademark of her work.
Around 2006, Deborah’s art took on a more playful and whimsical tone. Inspired by bright colors and artists Mary Engelbreit, Jo Anne Sharpe, and others, Deborah began painting (mostly in the park during lunch) small 5” x 7” pieces that a friend dubbed “tablescapes”. These paintings depicted brightly colored interior views that featured coffee and tea ware, books, and vases of flowers. Deborah outlined the drawings in ink and painted them in watercolor and Prismacolor markers.
While browsing in the craft section of Walmart in the summer of 2016, Deborah discovered a small pack of spouncers, sponges normally used for stenciling, and thought – “hmmm… what can I do with these…” These spouncers, along with other objects, like empty tape rolls and jar lids, became circle-makers, and Deborah’s “Whimsical Watercolor Blooms” were born. These blooms begin with thoughtfully placed circles stamped or “spounced” in watercolor on a sheet of watercolor paper. Then begins the process of drawing petals, leaves, and other botanical patterns and shapes in ink, followed by watercolor. Deborah finds this process to be very meditative, relaxing, and fun.
A member of High Country Watermedia Society in Boone, NC, Deborah continues to study from her personal art library and by taking workshops to develop her skills in acrylic, mixed media, and watercolor.
In September 2016, Deborah learned to crochet by watching YouTube videos. She loves to use brightly colored yarn to make flower and square motifs that she combines to make blankets and throws. Deborah finds crochet, like watercolor, to be very therapeutic.
Deborah enjoys teaching and sharing her love of art with others. She recently taught a class at Surry Senior Center in Mount Airy, NC, and plans to teach at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax, VA, beginning in November 2019.