Watercolor playgroup

Members of a watercolor workshop at a table with watercolor supplies

Using our viewfinders to choose an area of focus

On June 26 I was at Shalom Spirituality Center in Dubuque, facilitating the first session of Watercolor Playgroup, a plein air retreat. Unfortunately for the “plein air” plans, it rained all afternoon, so we took our artmaking inside. We worked from photos and used viewfinders to focus on an area of a scene that spoke to us. I demonstrated technique in drawing and watercolor using a workbook emphasizing shadows which I developed for the class.

There are two Playgroup sessions remaining, July 31 and August 21, 2021 (3:00 – 5:30 p.m. on each date), and you could join us for either or both of them! With plein air painting and drawing we begin with awe and wonder at nature. Weather willing, we can kick off our shoes, feel the grass, enjoy the smells of the trees and flowers and the sun on our bodies. This is a mindful experience bringing us to the present moment. As we gaze we can go deeper finding a new message.

Call the office at Shalom Spirituality Center, (563) 582-3592, to register at the special rate of $25.00 per session (sign up by the Monday prior to each session). The Event pages on Shalom’s website have more description:

(Note:  June registration deadline no longer applies for July and August sessions. See note about special rate above.)

Photo of spring flowers in a vase with stark shadow behind, and a watercolor painting of the same scene by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Shadows are grounding in a drawing or painting.
On a rainy day I used a flashlight to get a distinct
shadow for this example for the workbook.

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