International Center for Watercolor Artist Inspiration Series
Artist/Instructor: Wendy Caldwell Maloney
Sunday, March 12, 2017
$30 member/$40 not-yet member
You spot a beautiful stone at the beach, pick it up - just to hold it. You feel its weight, explore the shape, and marvel at the cool, silky smoothness as you turn it over and over in your hand. You've just fallen in love! Welcome to the intimate world of stones. Join artist Wendy Caldwell Maloney and discover how watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing the endless variety of shapes, designs, and surface textures in stones, using both wet and dry techniques. Observe which elements are most effective in bringing a stone to life, then try it yourself. Beach stones supplied or bring your own favorites.
Wendy Caldwell Maloney is a Buffalo watercolorist with an extensive background in studio art, typesetting, and graphic design. With a BFA from Alfred University and a decade in the pre-press industry, she opened her own business in 1991, and served the WNY business community as owner of Current Design for twenty-five years. In 2002 a decision to return to the fine arts led her to study with Margaret M. Martin, and within a year she was exhibiting and selling her work in WNY and New England. Wendy's work is currently held in private and corporate collections in the US, Canada, Italy, Morocco, and Mexico. "I am passionate about exploring and celebrating the staggering variety and detail in our natural world, and am inspired and renewed by music, athletics and dance."
Watercolor paper: 2-3 sheets of 8x10 or 9x12 (at least one for testing brushstrokes, colors) - hot or cold press (I use cold) 140lb or 300lb
A board or piece of foam core a few inches larger than paper
Several brushes: a 3/4 or 1" size for washes, a 1/2" or 3/4" flat chisel point (very versatile) and 2-3 sizes of rounds that come to a good point
2 water containers
A pencil (I use 2B) and a good quality eraser (I use Staedtler)
A white plastic palette with multiple wells and a mixing surface or a white dinner plate or two.
Watercolor paints: Good quality tubes in a variety of colors 12-20. I use Winsor Newton. Best to have warm and cool yellows, browns, blues, a magenta, and several darks. You can certainly add a gray (like Payne's) but its more fun to experiment with mixing your own grays.
My palette includes:
Permanent Sap Green
Windsor Green Blue Shade
(Windsor Blue Green Shade)
**colors in (parentheses) are colors I use less often for stones.
A variety of stones will be supplied to use as reference, but please feel free to bring your own favorites if you wish!