Sophisticated Simplicity in Watercolor with Mick McAndrews
Time & Location
About The Event
NOTE: This event is being rescheduled to the 2022/23 season.
Workshop Description (from the instructor)
During this watercolor workshop we will paint a variety of subjects including landscapes, cityscapes and marine scenes using plenty of water and pigment to exploit the wonder and intrinsic beauty of watercolor. We will focus on the importance of developing interesting shapes, value contrast, edge variety, and more!
Additional areas of discussion will include:
· Simplifying the scene
· Working from reference material
· Use of artistic license
· Developing strong compositions
· Atmospheric perspective
· Visual language
· And the sheer joy of painting
Each day I will offer a full demonstration painting and I will be available for one-on-one assistance and to provide additional mini-demos as necessary all in a relaxed and fun- filled setting.
About the Instructor
Mick's award winning paintings strive to capture the mood and atmosphere of a subject, combining the magic of watercolor with reverence for the principles of design to create works of sophisticated simplicity. Mick is a member of the National Watercolor Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, the Whiskey Painters of America, and the Mid- Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.
In all of my work I strive to simplify life’s complexity down to only the most important shapes and values. I enjoy painting outside where I can take advantage of surroundings, natural light, and the sights and sounds that influence each painter's creative nature. Outside in nature’s studio I must capture the moment because light and its effect, reflection and cast shadow, changes continuously. I believe that with watercolor there is a partnership between the artist and medium to balance the knowledge, technique and skill of the painter while leaving room for the magic that makes watercolor so distinctive.
Significant Artistic Accomplishments:
- Exhibited 148th Annual International Exhibition American Watercolor Society
- Exhibited 2018 and 2021 National Watercolor Society Member Exhibition
- Exhibited 2021 American Impressionist Society Associate Member Exhibition
- Invited Signature Member of the Whiskey Painters of America
- Exhibited 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists
- Demonstration artist and field painter 2017 Plein Air Convention & Expo
- Published interview June/July 2015 issue Plein Air Magazine
- Philadelphia Watercolor Society Crest Medal Award Recipient
- Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Inducted Member Sylvan Grouse Guild
NOTE: This supplies list is a guide and I do not expect the purchase of new and expensive painting supplies for the workshop. If you are comfortable with the paints, brushes and paper that you currently use they should be fine. I do, however, use a few boutique colors that you may want to consider: Jaune Brilliant #1 and Lavender by Holbein.
Reference Material: Bring photos sketches, etc., for subject matter.
Materials – Palette, paper, brushes, paint, board, masking tape or bull-dog clips, sponge (inexpensive household variety, the larger the better), misting spray bottle, tissues or paper towel, pencil, soft or kneaded eraser
Paints (Winsor Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, etc.)
Yellow: Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Gold Orange: Red Orange (Holbein) Red: Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson Brown: Raw and Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Brown Madder
Blue: Ultra-Marine, Cobalt, Cerulean, Cobalt Turquoise, Lavender (Holbein) Green: I mix greens but a good one out of the tube is Perylene by W&N Black: Neutral Tint and/or Paynes Gray White: Chinese White, Jaune Brilliant #1
Mix of flat, (1”, 3⁄4”, 1⁄2”), and round, (6, 10, 12), mop, (squirrel hair), and rigger brushes. Quality will vary greatly as will price but today’s synthetic brushes are good quality and reasonably priced.
Paper (Arches, Saunders)
I use acid free pure rag paper by manufacturers such as Arches, Saunders, etc, 140 lb. rough texture. Weights, (140lb, 300lb, etc.), and textures are a matter of personal preference and painting style.
Registration is open to all artists. CCAL members pay $175 ($50 minimum deposit required). Non-members pay $200 ($50 minimum deposit required).
Note: This event will be held indoors. By registering for this event you agree that you understand the risks of COVID and agree to the CCAL COVID Waiver Policy.
- CCAL Member: Full Payment -MMc$175$1750$0
- Non-Member: Full Payment -MMc$200$2000$0
- CCAL Member Deposit - MMc$50$500$0
- Non-Member Deposit - MMc$50$50