Thursday & Friday, August 10 & 11, 2017
Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, WA

The Planter


Still the Dahlia Blooms

If you find that the more you paint the muddier your painting becomes, then you are doing something(s) wrong.  There are several mistakes that lead to “mud” in watercolors.  More bad habits often develop as you try to avoid the mud.

before floating the final darks

Learning the sequence of using your pigments: The is no (or almost no) bad pigment.  But there is the wrong time to use a stain or dye color and a wrong time to use the sedimentary colors. This is an important understanding for helping achieve the effects you want.

Setting the Hooks

Color-filled darks: We will try one or more paintings in which you will learn how to use your stains wet-on-wet to lay a base.  How to build up layers. And how to “float” your sedimentary paints for the final darks.

Avoiding dull mid-tone paintings: if you take the Saving Whites class Monday and Tuesday  you will be well on your way to avoiding dull mid-tones, coupling this will well-designed dark areas that still have a life or liveliness to them and no more dull mid-tone paintings.

On the Prowl

Why 4 blues? Not a song title… pthalo, cobalt, ultramarine, and ceurlean blue are all on my palette. I love them all and each has a quality and a place.  I have been painting with the  same 20 pigments for at least the last 20 years (dropped viridian and added quin purple) . I find I can get ANY hue I want with them and any quality of texture with them. Learn why it is more important to have a balanced color-wheel of pigments (not necessarily mine) than to own every last tube of color that is offered. Learn how to analyze the hue you want to reproduce and how you use your paints to achieve it.

Orange Fling after two layers.

I suggest combining this workshop with the Monday Tuesday workshop, however it can be taken independently.


in great demand this time of year.  Check first in the LINKS on the top menu for tried and recommended locations.
Camping is available in Moran State Park, but again early registration is advised. Recommend sites on the upper lake, Mountain Lake, or in the South area. In addition Doe Bay Resort has everything from camping to cabins.

Orange Fling

If you have several friends who want to come together or if you come with your family, consult house rentals at Cheri Lindholm Vacation Rentals or other on-line rental pools for a private cabin or house.

Looking for a Slot

You may want to coordinate the class with tickets to the Orcas Chamber Music Festival. The tickets are in high demand  and out of town visitors create a pressure on lodging.

If coming by ferry, you may send me a check for $30.00 in addition to the class registration and I will send you a discounted e-ticket (counts as round trip) for the ferry.  Otherwise car and driver are more than $50.  Be sure and make a reservation, for coming and going.


Kindly fill print and fill out the registration form.  Class size is limited to 10 for  more individual attention. The hours are 9:30 – 3:30.  Bring lunch. We can picnic on outdoor tables.

How Deep?


For your paper be sure and buy bright white Arches (140 lb), cold or hot press.

It is fine to bring the palette and watercolors you have. I will copy my list below. I prefer Daniel Smith paints. Whatever you bring, be sure it is artist grade. I suggest having some quinacridones.  If not shopping on Orcas (Office Cupboard), I recommend  Merri Artist in Oregon for supplies.  She has everything on the list at very good prices – no tax, no shipping if you go over $100.  (

1″ clear-handled flat brush — such as  DANIEL SMITH Series 28 Aquarelle Brush, Flat 1in or WINSOR NEWTON’s
#10 pointed round brush — white sable series 785  or Connoisseur  (sold at Office Cupboard in Eastsound).

Other brushes are okay.. bigger better than smaller.

LIDDED PALETTE — such as Aqua Pro, or John Pike, or Steve Quiller’s with at least:


• burnt orange or burnt sienna
• a violet
in artist grade watercolor paint such as
Daniel Smith, Winsor Newton, Da Vinci, Holbein.

mypaletteArrange your paints in a color wheel (ie rainbow). And squeeze them out (half a tube) in your wells at least a week before the class.  Leave them out to dry.
You may bring your own palette as long as it has only artist’s grade pigments.

I use Daniel Smith colors (shown reading top right around to top left).

cobalt green  SEDIMENTARY
pthalo green, or Winsor green  STAIN OR DYE
cobalt teal blue  SEDIMENTARY
cerulean blue    SEDIMENTARY
pthalo blue (green shade) DYE
ultramarine blue   SEDIMENTARY
cobalt blue  SEDIMENTARY
quinacridone purple (no longer viridian)  DYE
ultramarine violet SEDIMENTARY
quinacridone violet  DYE
quinacridone red or perylene red   DYE
quinacridone rose   DYE
cadmium red medium  SOMEWHAT SEDIMENTARY
quinacridone burnt orange (or sienna)  DYE
perinone orange   DYE
quinacridone gold   DYE
cadmium yellow light, or Winsor yellow
or Hansa yellow DYE
green gold  DYE

Silent Slumber

a sketchbook
#2 or 2B pencils
white eraser
2 pint or quart sized water containers
a roll of tissue (tp); also paper towels

a large flat brush such as an 1 1/2″ or 2″ or larger. SKYFLOW is good (but spendy)
A lightweight board
tape or clips

What to paint:

As you can see from the photos of paintings  — any subject works.  What do you wish to paint?  If you bring material (sketches, photographs) be sure that they have at least the potential for 3 clear values. I will have photos available for use.

Also bring several paintings that have frustrated you and you are willing to experiment on… these are very useful for trying out some of the ideas and techniques.