- Spent 25 years teaching art in public schools in Louisiana.
- Retired in the 1980’s and has since then traveled extensively conducting teaching workshops in U.S. and abroad.
- On the Board of Directors of the American Watercolor Society.
- Describes her work as ‘Creative Realism,’ with realistic subject matter and expressive color.
- Developed ‘Aquagami’ technique (watercolor + origami/collage/folding paper exercises).
Watercolor Technique/Problem #1:
- Divide paper (not in half) using pencil and ruler parallel to top and bottom of page (not in half, not a square).
- Divide again parallel to side (not in half, not a square, don’t repeat a measure).
- LIGHTLY paint each rectangle a different color (except purple).
- Allow paint to dry.
- Pencil in subject matter.
- In each color box, paint around subject using complementary color (Orange-Blue/Red-Green/Yellow-Purple/etc).
- Paint slowly, building up layers of color.
Watercolor Technique/Problem #2: Same steps as Problem #1, only use curved lines instead.
Tips + Advice:
- Basic shapes used in art-making: Circle/Triangle/Rectangle.
- Use a sketchbook; watercolors are portable and good for travel.
- RE working with printers: it’s good to be friends with a printer!
- Matisse knew when to stop painting.
- Stand up while you’re painting.
- Color comes first, then subject matter.
- It’s o.k. to keep the pencil lines on the paper; they are like thread in clothing.
- Paint lightly.
- Let the paint dry.
- Don’t use a lot of water.
- Work on more than one painting at a time.
- Be patient.
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