Tuesday, April 26, 2022


WORKSHOP:   Watercolor Painting Outdoors 

is More Fun with a Plan

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Thoreau. 


This workshop will discuss how to overcome personal resistance by walking students through the elements of creating a successful watercolor painting (i.e., coming up with a concept for the painting, creating a thumbnail to think through composition and values, and selecting a limited palette including how to create a color wheel from the selected limited palette).  You’ll see these elements come together as we paint a landscape together. 


Working from a photo reference, Ron will discuss why, and demonstrate how to make a thumbnail sketches, while discussing composition and value.  All participants will make their own thumbnail sketches. 

Working from the same photo reference, Ron will demonstrate how to select a limited palette and then mix secondary colors and place them on a color wheel.  All participants will do the same. This will create your painting's color map.    

Finally, Ron will demonstrate the balance of 4 steps on a 7 x 11 piece of watercolor paper.  This will include: 

Drawing the scene on watercolor paper. 

Laying in light washes and preserving whites. 

Laying in mid-tones and darks.

Refining values and adding details. 

After each step, Ron will pause and give the participants time to do that step.  He will also provide assistance to students while everyone works. Ron will wrap up with a review and positive discussion on everyone’s completed work.  He will also provide some watercolor painting pointers. 


  • Instructor: Ron Macklin
  • Date and Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, from 11 AM to 3 PM 
  • Location: Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Chuch), 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY 10605
  • The cost for this 4-hour workshop is $55.


A handout including the course outline, a materials list, and photo reference will be emailed in advance of the workshop.

To register click here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-watercolor-painting-outdoors-is-more-fun-with-a-plan-tickets-328321818397


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