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“A Clean Wilson Creek” / A BearTrailArt.Com Funded Conservation Effort

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A Clean Wilson Creek BearTraiArt.com Conservation

    This July 2018, BearTrailArt.com will launch an important fully-funded conservation effort to help address a crisis of misuse in and around one of North Carolina's most beautiful National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Our kick-off project is a 4" x 6" high quality art decal that will be sold in a variety of North Carolina retail ...

Cheap Joe’s Bold and Controlled Workshop, April 30-May 4th 2018 / Participant Resources

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This art workshop will not only cover the basic concepts of painting with watercolor, but will emphasize the importance of learning to control pigment mixtures and washes for painting bold and luminous landscapes. Wes teaches and demonstrates a number of techniques and strategies to help those struggling with watercolor "control" issues. Participants gain a better ...

Wes Waugh’s Current Palette of Watercolor Pigments

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There are so many brands and qualities of watercolor pigment it is staggering! While it is most important to invest in lightfast, name-brand professional paint, you will still find many different characteristics among pigments that go by the same or similar common names. Manufacturers use different binders, raw pigments from varying sources, and create mixtures ...

The New Palette / Watercolor: Wet-into-Wet Demystified (full article)

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"All knowledge essential to the painting of a fine watercolor can be obtained from books, many book; teachers; and the subscription to the truth of the pragmatic theory that doing is part of the knowing." ... Edgar A. Whitney The beautiful qualities of wetness, gradations and colors precipitating together on that wonderful white paper are responsible for ...

Wes’s “10 favorite Color Harmony Choices” handout (for download)

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There is no shortage of information and "attack plans" when considering color choices that will contribute to both the Unity and Harmony design qualities of a painting. The more one can educate themselves about the nuances of color management the better. However, this can be an overwhelming task. I have charted my ten favorite approaches ...

Wes Waugh 2-Day Watercolor Workshop at Florence Thomas Art School May 19-20, 2017

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Time: 9:00am - 4:00 pm (session begins at 9 am, 1 hour lunch 12:00-1:00pm) Suggested Level 1-2 : Experience helpful, but not necessary Overview: Morning sessions and demonstration will focus on many of the technical aspects of the wet into wet approach as well as the suggested goals and mindset that leads to success with this method. ...

Tribute to Ron Ranson 1925-2016, Artist, Teacher & Author

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“The most unlucky generation is the one which couldn't produce a hero to look up to.”... Amit Kalantri, The great British watercolorist and teacher Ron Ranson passed away a few days ago at the age of 91. He had a prolific career spanning many decades and remained active as a painter, workshop instructor and author up ...

The Last Great Wilderness – Lenny Kohm

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A Tribute to Lenny Kohm (Nov 26, 1939 - Sept 25, 2014 Like many folks around Boone (and far beyond), I have thought a lot about the loss of our friend Lenny Kohm over this beautiful early fall weekend (Sept. 25, 2014). Lenny Kohm was many things to many people, and I won't recount his multitude ...

Group Exhibition Opening – August 27th, 2016 / 5-8pm

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Join us for a reception this coming Saturday, August 27th 5-8pm at Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery to say farewell to Summer 2016 & te view new work from Wes Waugh, Jason Drake, Pat Pilkington, David Starbuck and Lita Gatlin, and Robin Wellner. We hope you can make it for the event! Beverages & Lite-fare ...