Monday, March 23, 2020

Reviving the Strathmore Class--Free! (Lesson 3)

Reviving the Strathmore Class--Free! (Lesson 3)

Hi all...years ago (2012! Time flies!), Strathmore Papers asked me if I'd be one of the artists in their series of free workshops, and of course I agreed!  Watercolor Sketching is one of my favorite things.

There's little enough I can do to help those who are housebound, self-isolating, social distancing or quarantined, I think now is a good time to make the class easily available again, so for the next few days I'm going to link to one of the 4 lessons...

By the way, I LOVE referring to our social distancing as being "artists-in-residence!" 

So, HERE is Lesson 3--this one's on 3 different ways to work with watercolor, direct application with no underdrawing, one with a pencil guidelines, and one an ink drawing with washes over--two different approaches.  There's no one right way to work, explore and choose whichever fits your vision for the subject.

I just did a light pencil underdrawing on this one of my husband reading one of our favorite books...

For this one, I worked very slowly to add the pattern in the carpet, no!

(I'm sorry I can't find the original art that I used in the videos, but I'm hoping the ones I find to share here will be inspiration enough to get you started!)

And don't forget, I have a LOT of free how-to videos on my YouTube channel...there will be more available in the coming weeks.


  1. Thank you Cathy for re-opening this lesson. Please, take care and stay well.

  2. It is so kind and thoughtful of you to offer this material. I remember many years ago (2000?)... your book (Sierra Club Guide to Painting from Nature) was just about the only good library
    book available regarding outdoor sketching.


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