Sat & Sun, April 21-22, 2018
Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, 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 weekend class will be held on Orcas Island at the Olga Community Club (a.k.a the Energetics Club). If coming from off-island, it is wise to plan to arrive some time on Friday and settle in. 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 ferry.
The ferry – part of the experience:
The spring ferry schedule will be published by February. It is wise to get a reservation as soon as you know when you plan to arrive($10 fee, not charged unless you miss the sailing) . Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before the listed sailing time. You MUST be through the toll booth 30 minutes before sailing. You do not need to also buy a ticket. It you let me know, I will send you an e-ticket from a commuter pass book that reduces the fare from about $52 to $28 (less if your car is under 14 ft). This is for driver and vehicle, round trip. You do need to pay at the gate for any passengers. You may pay me when you get to class.
The class is located at the Olga Community Center (or Energetic Club) in Olga, a quiet hamlet on the east side of Orcas. There is a spacious room for the class and a full kitchen with refrigerator and stove, microwave. Bring lunch both days.
Spring on Chilberg Road
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/
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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