Looking forward to Monday

Pencil sketch of a house in the countryside by artist Jo Myers-Walker

   

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I’ve been working on this sketch for Monday’s class. There are three “Simply Watercolor” Zoom classes left this month — Mondays, October 12, 19, and 26, 2020; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us, for any or all of them! I’ll send payment information; then the day before each class, I’ll send the Zoom link to those whose payment I’ve received. Registration closes (the payment link is deactivated) at 5 p.m. Central time on the day before each class, or sooner if the class is full.

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Autumn barn (Zoom class on Saturday)

Watercolor painting of a barn seen across a field in autumn by artist Jo Myers-Walker

   

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For Saturday’s class:
A little architecture in the Fall with a barn! We will discuss perspective.

I’m teaching a Zoom class this Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time. Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us!

I’ll send payment information; then the day before class, I’ll send the Zoom link to those whose payment I’ve received. Registration closes (the payment link is deactivated) at 5 p.m. Central time on the day before each class, or sooner if the class is full.

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Simply Watercolor (Zoom classes in October)

Watercolor sketch of flowers by artist Jo Myers-Walker

   

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Mondays in October, I’m offering “Simply Watercolor,” a series of one-hour online watercolor classes via Zoom. Classes will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CDT (Central Daylight Time) on October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2020.

I’ll be teaching the basics — watercolor is gentle and unburdened, especially if we don’t try and control every move. We begin with textures, shapes, lifting, mixing colors and overlapping shapes. Drawing and value start us off as we begin with watercolor warm-up exercises. Each session I’ll demonstrate a simple watercolor emphasizing the lesson for the day and you can paint along with me. I’ll provide a suggested supply list, but use whatever you are comfortable with.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us! I’ll send payment information; then the day before each class, I’ll send the Zoom link to those whose payment I’ve received. Registration closes (the payment link is deactivated) at 5 p.m. Central time on the day before each class, or sooner if the class is full.

I planned this class in coordination with the Iowa City/ Johnson County Senior Center — The Center’s website has a monthly listing of a variety of virtual programs, plus instructions for using Zoom.

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Trees of the season

Sketches and paintings by artist Jo Myers-Walker showing trees in watercolor

   
Foliage sets the scene and the season in watercolor

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I’ve scheduled a Zoom watercolor class for Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 1:00 –3:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time). This time we’ll be working with trees in watercolor and how to use them in scenery.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you have any questions, or if you’d like to join us! If you want to sign up I’ll send a payment link (then the link to the Zoom class after I receive payment). I may offer a second session if the first one fills up.

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Welcoming autumn in Amana

Bottle of 2020 Oktoberfest white wine from Ackerman Winery in front of sketch for the label art by Jo Myers-Walker

Ackerman Winery’s 2020 Oktoberfest
in front of a sketch for the label artwork

I had the honor of painting the label artwork for this year’s Oktoberfest wine from Ackerman Winery in Amana, Iowa. The winery, in business since 1956, is known for their sweet fruit wines and adventurous varieties. They describe 2020’s Oktoberfest as, “This white wine is light and sweet with a delicate honey glazed fruit finish. It has a slight warmth to it that is reminiscent of fall.”

The label celebrates the much-anticipated opening of Hotel Millwright in Amana this fall, which was built by restoring and remodeling some unused buildings of the Amana Woolen Mill (this 2018 article on KCRG.com has a nice summary of its background). To research the painting I got to go on location to the construction site for Hotel Millwright. I had to do some explaining about what I was doing there, then the architect gave me a tour of the historic building in the photo below. It will be an events center and beautifully appointed, keeping the feel of the mill.

The smokestack says a lot about the mill, so I started there. With feedback from my clients at the winery we developed the idea through sketch and watercolor study to the final painting. They envisioned pumpkins and cornstalks with the smokestack on the label for an Oktoberfest feeling.

Site of the Millwright Hotel in Amana, Iowa during construction

The hotel under construction
during my visit this past spring

Label on Ackerman Winery's 2020 Oktoberfest wine with artwork by Jo Myers-Walker

Imagination provides people and
scenery for the finished label

(See my new Commissions page for more about the process of creating commissioned artwork.)

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Garden scene for Zoom class

Photo of a backyard garden in summer with flowers and patio chairs

Working photo

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I’ve been working on the sketch, first wash, and second wash of this backyard garden scene for my Zoom watercolor class. I send the images to the students in advance so they can copy the sketch and prepare to paint along with me.

Send me an email (jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’d like to join us for a future class!

Sketch of a backyard garden scene

A sketch helps plan the painting
   

Partially completed watercolor painting of a backyard garden scene

First wash, with masking fluid (in orange)
preserving lighter areas

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Watercolor classes via Zoom

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I’m staying connected with students by offering watercolor classes online using Zoom! They are happening on a weekly basis; the day varies. I send out a black-and-white sketch, first and second wash before class. Then students can copy the sketch onto their 140 lb. watercolor paper and paint along with me. Students email me and I send them the link, along with where to pay.

Send me a note if you’d like to join us online (jomyerswalker@gmail.com)!

Progression of a watercolor painting of sailboats on a lake by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Clockwise from top left:
Sketch, value study (inset),
first wash, third wash

Progression of a watercolor painting of waterside deck with chairs and table by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Clockwise from top left:
Sketch, value study (inset),
first wash, painting

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Art on the square

Poster for Imagination Unbinds Hope exhibit of watercolor paintings by Jo Myers-Walker at Art Domestique, Washington, IA

Poster for the exhibit
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Art Domestique, “the gallery on the square” in Washington, Iowa, is featuring my watercolor paintings in the show Imagination Unbinds Hope (“colorful narratives to lift your spirits”!) through July 29, 2020. (Update: this exhibit has now ended. “Thank you” to Art Domestique for featuring my work!)

Art Domestique is “a fine art gallery that emphasizes artists from Southeast Iowa” — check out their website and social media to see what they have to offer:

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Adaptive cycling

Yellow three-wheeled bicycle with bright orange flag

One of the transportation
modes at my daughter’s

Last summer my family pitched in to help me get a new ride, a yellow trike with two big wheels in back and a basket with plenty of room for art supplies. This summer it’s residing at my daughter’s nearby, where my grandsons can unlock and bring it out to the curb for me while we all wear our face masks. So fun to tool around the cul-de-sac and watch people working in their gardens or the grandsons playing basketball. What a treat while self distancing!

The three wheels give me confidence that I won’t fall over into the bushes if my knees don’t cooperate. One of the cards in my “Family and Friends” collection features two more kinds of adaptive cycle. Tandem cycles make it easier for people with different strengths to ride together. With a side-by-side tandem, they can have a conversation as they ride along the bike path.

Looking west along Iowa Ave. in downtown Iowa City past the handlebards of a three-wheeled cycle

From last summer, finally
making it up the hill downtown

Watercolor painting by artist Jo Myers-Walker showing two styles of tandem bicycle ridden along a bike trail

See the post Card to help fight ALS
for information on this card collection

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Watercolor process demo

Check out my painting demonstration on YouTube! I recorded myself working at home, and media consultant Devin Walker (my son) gave me technical advice and edited the video into its final form. As I’m painting I describe the process of creating a commissioned work of art, how I work with a client to turn their photos and memories into watercolor.

  • Update:  See my Commissions page for more about the process of creating commissioned artwork.

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