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Upcoming Workshop Opportunities

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2017 Workshop at Montana Wild Education Center, Helena MT.

Here are the currently scheduled workshops for 2017-2018 I anticipate a few more opportunities to be added for Fall 2017 so keep checking back! UPCOMING  Cheap Joe's April 30-May 4th, 2018 / Painting Bold and Controlled with Watercolor Wes Waugh Workshops are designed for groups and organizations to address desired skill levels, time frames, and unique considerations ...

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 ...

Wes Waugh – Juror’s Statement

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When asked to serve as a juror for an exhibition, I like to provide the participants and organizers with this overview. Many painters are often curious as to how a juror reaches his or her decisions about award selections, particularly the balance of subjective versus objective influence and decision-making. First, there is no set formula ...

Wes Waugh / One Day Watercolor Workshop / Florence Thomas Art School, W. Jefferson, NC. / October 15, 2016

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One Day Watercolor Watercolor Workshop / Florence Thomas Art School, W. Jefferson, NC. / October 15, 2016 Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm (session begins promptly at 9am, 1.5 hour lunch 12-1:30pm) Suggested Level 1-2 : Experience helpful, but not necessary Overview: A morning demonstration and discussion will focus on many of the technical aspects of the wet into wet ...

Demo & Afternoon Workshop for High Country Watermedia Society – July 9th 2016

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Wes Waugh, well known watercolor artist in the High Country, will be the guest demo and workshop artist for the High Country Watermedia Society meeting on Saturday, July 9, at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone, NC. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. which includes coffee, a short general meeting and an art demonstration until ...

Noyes Capehart Long – An Artist’s Reflections

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Defiant Warrior, 2004 (Private Collection) Noyes Capehart Long “It stood there like a defiant warrior, girded in the splendor of the silent autumn day.” In 1998 I participated in a week long workshop in Banner Elk with artist Noyes Capehart Long. I had been introduced to Noyes by my teacher, Joe Miller, and was intrigued by his work ...