Sunday, March 31, 2013

Louisana Travels and Updated Journal Sales Info

Week of Mar 31: Weather was best in weeks!...warm with little humidity; good locations and an intense class- turned out great sketches after first day. I was I pressed! We had thirteen, including a very savvy coordinator and Kathleen Blanco, last governor of Louisiana.

Getz journal reproductions... I have five journals for purchase; Coastal Maine, Taos, NM, Yosemite Valley, Adirondack Mountains and California Byways- San Juan Bautista to Half Moon Bay.  These are reproduced on  90#watercolor paper  and are signed & numbered numbered by the artist, limited to 200 copies at $50 each. Send checks to Don Getz, 2445 18th, Cuyahoga Falls, OO 44223. Indicate your choice on check.

More Journal FYI and Journal Sale Info

Week of March 17-23...  I tell my students to take on simple subjects  and then I seem to get involved with complex  sketches , several of which are evident  this week.   What do they say, 'do as I say, not as I do!!  I thought it good to show several that are not completely drawn in ink, as I recommend sketching the basic shapes , then adding the watercolor washes and then join in with  any line detail you feel is needed . This is much better, in my opinion, then too much detail to start with. I also remind artists that it is best to keep washes light and simple;  too many heavy washes will make the sketch have the look of a painting and we do not wish to give that impression - better it have the look of being 'dashed off'! 

The three journal copies are available for purchase, limited to 200 limited edition. copies, signed & numbered, and printed on 90# WC paper. The price is $50 each or all three for $125 shipped. The journals average 25 pages with about fifty sketches in each.Next week, I will be in Lafayette, Louisiana.  The sessions have been very successful and I will have some drawing tips next week.

Getz limited edition journal. Signed & numbered and for sale

Getz ink sketch ready for watercolor washes

Getz ink sketch ready for watercolor washes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Stay in Apalachicola, FL

March 3 - 17: This session was held in Apalachicola, Florida, which was sunny but chilly. I stayed at the historic  Gibson Hotel which was a great subject in itself! The town is packed with great old structures and many shrimp boats. Shrimp & oysters were the order of the four days there. From there, I traveled a short distance to Mexico Beach, where I was the guest of Tom & Peggy Wood at the fascinating Driftwood Inn. A fine oil painter, Tom looks to do more plein air painting with watercolors. He caught on very quickly. I stressed mixing colors on the paper and not on the palette. It allows for cleaner washes and no mud which makes a great difference.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Indian Rock and Tarpon Springs, FL

Week of Feb 24: The workshop in Indian Rock beach went very well, with  nine participants , but some great locations.  Weather cool...  I have switched sketch pens from the Identi-pen to the Micron pens by Sakura, easier to find and finer lines.  I recommend the 3 pack, with 03 - 08 sizes. Sakura also offers a five pack which I highly recommend. Cheap Joe offers both sets. Also get a 005 for very fine lines. My stop in Tarpon Springs was to visit friends and sketch old sponge boats which were plentiful. Next, Cedar Key, FL.