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Watercolor Weekends: Underpainting and Glazing

Discover the underpainting and glazing process that allows color to sing and makes complex subjects more accessible.

Discover this two-stage process that pushes you to leave more whites, achieve darker darks, and layer vibrant colors to achieve maximum brilliance in your watercolors. Learn the techniques of underpainting and glazing. The first layer of color painted on the paper—the “underpainting”—addresses value rather than color. When the underpainting is dry, you will glaze your work with pure color. This process works well for allowing color to sing. It also helps to make complicated subjects more accessible. Margaret will demonstrate many watercolor techniques throughout the various stages of this process. This is watercolor at its best. A supply list is available.

This is the first of four classes in the Watercolor Weekends à La Carte series, an ongoing program of one-day workshops. Watercolor, more than other painting mediums, is very technique-based. It is also a transparent medium, which sets it apart from other types of paint. These workshops will focus on color, core techniques, and understanding the tricks and timing to get the most out of each application. Demonstrations and individual studies will inform your painting process. These workshops are for all levels and more experienced painters will be given activities that challenge them where they’re at. Choose the classes that best fit your needs and schedule.

Margaret Dwyer earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Siena Heights University and her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Margaret works in several 2D and 3D mediums, with watercolor being her favorite. She is also a mural artist, having created dozens of murals both public and private throughout New England. Her work has been recognized in numerous juried national and international exhibitions and has been published in fine art books and magazines. Margaret is the 2019 Artist in Residence at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. She currently teaches fine art through Kimpton Brook Art Studio in Wilmot, NH and ArtisTree. For more information about Margaret, visit her website.