Tuesday, August 21, 2012



The Program today was “Pouring Watercolors“,  by Lois Schaich.  As we all found out that there is nothing boring about Lois and her technique of pouring paint.

Lois began by mixing paint (in large plastic bottles with spout tops) and wetting the paper. 
She then poured yellow . . .
Lois originally started painting in oils before changing over to watercolors. She has used the technique of pouring for quite awhile.

. . . then pink . . .
Lois said that, even now, looking at the white paper is still scary. She starts by thinking about where she is going and what she wants to do on the paper with her paints. Her first step is to spray misket on the paper so that she will have some whites left after pouring her paint.. She then wets the paper by using a large brush. Most the time she uses 140 lb. paper taped down with packing tape.  The paint she pours is a ½ of a tube of watercolor paint and water to make a consistency like milk. She uses cups, bottles, or pipettes to pour the paint.  Lois use primary colors  for her technique, starting with yellow, then red, and finally blue. If there are dry areas you can make the paint move by misting the area that is dry. There is no drawing on the paper before she pours. She draws on the paper only after the painting has dried. Her style of  painting is mostly wet on wet with her paint colors mixing on the paper as she works.

. . . then blue.
Lois hopes that you will learn one thing from her demonstration even if you don’t want to paint like her. One of the most important things in a painting is be sure you have some darks. When critiquing a painting she finds that many people forget to have enough darks or make them strong enough.

Lois swished the paint around on the wet surface while telling "Lois jokes".
Lois did a wonderful job demonstrating her pouring technique and delighting us with her wit.

She definitely wasn’t boring!

Then a little teaching . . .

. . . some direct painting . . .

. . . some more direct painting . . .

. . . and magically a completed painting appeared!
(Submitted by Kathy Kuyper, photos by Deb Ward)

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