2 days, April 2019
Anacortes or Orcas WA
What is there not to enjoy in painting the tulip fields? Glorious bands of color help you to focus on color compositions. Rolling clouds toward the Cascades help you to learn how to paint clouds and to develop your control of wet-on-wet. You can explore the challenge of directing the viewer’s eye through fields of flowers, past old barns, up into the sky and back. Or you may want to move in close, exploring color and shape relationships in a simple grouping of flowers.
If you can, spend time before class driving the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley, (see directions below). Bring any photos or sketches you have to class. Or just come and know plenty of photos of the valley will be available.
The Cottage Hobby House in Anacortes, 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.
Class is from 9:30 – 3:30 both days. The is enough time to leave on the late afternoon ferry on Sunday. Or make more of a vacation of it and stay over until Monday. .
Getting there (through the tulip fields):
Take I-5 north, exit at #221, North Conway. At the roundabout go straight (west) toward La Conner, crossing Fir Island. Take some time for a few barn photos.
Continue after crossing the second bridge and you will see the valley spreading out to your right. You will be able to spot where the brightest flowers are.
As you come down to the valley floor you come to an intersection with La Conner to the left. If you have allowed some extra time turn RIGHT (Calhoun Rd) and continue to Beaver Marsh Rd. There is parking at Rosengarten and beautiful display beds, even if the fields are past their prime (the lead painting Pink Promise was done looking from the back of their display garden).
Continue on Beaver Marsh until you come to McLean Rd. Turn west or left and wander the roads, trying to always go either north or west until you come to a light at Highway 20. At that point, turn left and take the highway into Anacortes, following signs to the ferry. If you go to www.tulipfestival.org you can download a map. Have fun taking photos!
If you are pressed for time, you pass the Conway exit and continue on I-5 to exit 230, Hwy 20. At the bottom of the exit ramp there is a light. Turn left and follow signs to Anacortes and the San Juan Islands’ ferry. After you turn left onto 12th, the Cottage Hobby House is at the next light, corner of 12th and M. Turn right. Park in the alley behind the building
Bring your usual watercolor supplies. Be sure to include 2 or more half sheets of d’Arches 140lb. watercolor paper. If you have questions about brushes or pigments, study the complete list under http://buchananwatercolors.com/basic-watercolor/
Spring on Chilberg Road
It is a good idea to have a board to go under your paper but do not stretch it. You may want to include a hair dryer. Again, questions welcome.
photo, Jeanne Young
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