May 4, 9:30-3:30
Cottage Hobby House, 12th and M, Anacortes, WA



MAY 4 Giving Light Shapes the Lead

Learn how to incorporate the whites of the paper to lead the viewer through your painting.  This, again, may be a new way of thinking. It is fundamental to watercolor. You start with the white of the paper which becomes more powerful as you selectively cover much of the rest of the page.  This planning is essential if you wish to have  sparkling, light-filled paintings.

There will be short demonstrations showing the steps to achieving these whites – from the first washes and negative painting that defines them, to the glazing and color-filled lower values that pop them out.

I will have a selection photos but it is always wiser if you have an idea from something you would love to paint.

There will be a class on capturing sunshine – more than can be covered in this class – on August 2 & 3 at the Hobby House.



These Mondays are at the Cottage Hobby House, the NE corner of 12th (main road to the ferry) and M (first light after the turn from Commercial onto 12th). Turn in the alley to park.  Bring a sack lunch, there is a refrigerator and microwave. We have coffee and tea.

The Cottage Hobby House is a open, attractive space with lots of light. The classes are limited to 10 which allows enough space for everyone to have at least half a table. Classes are 9:30-3:30. The building will be open at 9 so you can get settled.


Always use Arches cold press paper (I like 140 lb bright white). I also prefer the synthetic brushes, Taklon bristles used by Winsor Newton and some other are my preferred brushes. I probably use a 1″ flat for 80-90% of my painting, and #10, 12, and larger rounds for the rest.

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Send a $35 deposit to hold you place $30 on May 4. f  Class is  limited to 10.

Questions: 360-298-2641 or email

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  • Buchanan Watercolors
  • 1309 27th St
  • Anacortes, WA 98221




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