Light and, in particular, sunlight explains the visual world to us. Learn to see what it is doing and learn how to paint it. You will be thrilled with how your paintings come to life.

During the two days of this workshop we will learn how to see and how to use the effects of light to create more interesting paintings.

1. Light bleaches out color.

2. The stronger the sunlight, the more true color is driven down into the shadows.

3. A shadow is darkest and coolest on the edge against the sunlit plane. It becomes lighter and warmer as it moves away.

4. Cast shadows bring out the sunlight.


Crow Valley Summer

We use this understanding to create passages or linkage of the light shapes which make the painting appear looser and more open. We learn how to create color-filled darks that are based on what is happening in nature. We learn how a given color is moderated and practice changing colors as we wet blend.

Although this is an indoor class we will be doing some of our research outside, assuming there is sunlight. There will be plenty of back-up photos and painting examples.


In thinking of possible subjects, look for bright sunlight. Preferably use your own photos. Close-ups of flowers, people, boats in strong sunlight as well as buildings, trees make good subjects. We need sunlight and shadow. You can even photograph a closeup of an arrangement of fruits or vegetables. I will have some flowers, fruits and vegetables at the Hobby House.

The class is limited to 7. This allows for social distancing as you each have your own table. It also gives me more time to work with each individual.

Lunch: Bring your lunch and any snacks you wish. There is a refrigerator and microwave at the Hobby House.  Tea and coffee will be available.

Location:The Cottage Hobby House is on the NE corner of 12th and M  in Anacortes. It is 1/2 hour from I-5, follow signs to Anacortes and the San Juans ferry. There is a round about coming into town, you go right down the hill on the main street until the 4th light with a Safeway on the right. Get in the left turn lane (San Juan ferries) and  turn. This is 12th. The next light is M. Turn right and right immediately into the alley. The house on the corner is the Hobby House. You park behind or beside the building.There is a refrigerator, microwave, dishes. Bring lunch.

Let me know if you have any questions:


You may bring photographs of sunny subjects you may like to paint and I will help you with using them to plan your painting(s).   You may also, or instead, bring fruits, vegetables or flowers that we can view in the sunshine.  I will also have photos for use, fruit, veggies and flowers.

Palette and Brushes: Bring your regular palette, brushes – including #10 or #12 pointed (I prefer white synthetic sable) and a 1″ flat brush ( I prefer one made of Taklon™). See equipment for my pigments, etc.

Paper: I strongly urge you to bring Arches bright white cold press paper. Fabriano is also okay … 1 half sheet, 2 or more 1/4 sheets. You may also bring some backs of paintings or small pieces for some experiments.

You will need

  •  2 1 qt water containers (yogurt?)
  • roll of TP
  • #2 pencil and some softer ones or other shading tools
  • camera

And your lunch plus any snacks you would like.  Coffee and tea will be available.


A $50. deposit holds your place.  The balance is due at the start of the first day of class.

Send to:

Buchanan Watercolor Ltd

1309  27th St

Anacortes,WA 98221

You can download this or include



Deposit amount_________for____________________

2. _________for_____________________________



email address, Please print______________________________

cell phone: _____________________________  Questions or comments: