Watercolor - Backlit Figure, Foliage, and Fur
January 26-28, Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Early Bird (until December 20) - $200 LAAG members / $250 nonmembers
Regular - $250 LAAG members / $300 nonmembers
To register contact Linda Pace at or 225-247-1309.
Start the New Year painting!
Join Cheri C. Fry for a three day Watercolor workshop. This fun, interactive experience is for watercolor artists from beginner to advanced. Bright light in a painting that wraps around your subject creates drama and energy, but can be a challenge to capture in watercolor. Our workshop will cover the techniques used in backlighting and how to avoid common errors such as rendering to overly dark values on subjects facing the light source. Learn how brightness can be created by thoughtful creation of areas around the light source.
The intent of this workshop is for artists to use values as the compositional element setting the stage for the dramatic effect of backlighting. Use of value studies and a gray scale will assist with 'seeing' and comparing contrasting values in reference materials and in your painting. Elements of backlighting will be applied to a ﬁgure, to foliage and to fur. Artists will have time to observe and practice the techniques needed to create the effect of dramatic backlighting. Cheri will provide clear instructions, encouragement and individual guidance ... so GET READY TO PAINT!
Each morning will begin with a small, fun watercolor study-practice to play around with colors, to warm up your brushes, to experiment ... to loosen your creative ﬂow. The 'how to' of setting up a color palette will be discussed, as well as the use of varied painting techniques needed in the target areas of each painting. For the day's main painting Cheri will share her process of planning and executing the paintings based on the value study. Discussions will touch on the types of lighting and their importance in composition, values, movement, balance. Artists will have plenty of time to work on the paintings, ask questions and enjoy the experience.
NOTE: The second half of day-three, artists are encouraged to bring reference material for future paintings that contain backlighting elements -- a round-table discussion will follow. Artists who choose to participate in this exercise will learn how to analyze: potential compositions, center of interests, cropping of images, simplifying subject, and creating value studies and color studies.
Cheri's artwork presents realism in a painterly way and has been recognized at the local, regional and national levels. Her oil and watercolor paintings typically begin as charcoal or graphite studies. She has taught art for over 20 years and has worked as a Speech Pathologist for 30 years. She is the founder of a healing art organization, the Krewe of Camille Art Parties, whose purpose is to bring opportunities for creating art to pediatric patients and their families in Baton Rouge, Memphis and New Orleans. Cheri paints almost daily, loves painting and teaching, and enjoys rural life in the city surrounded by 20 acres of pastures, light forest areas, and cows. She lives in Denham Springs, Louisiana with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters.