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Date/Time: Thursday, September 16,  7:00PM, MST

Open to participants in TAG’s Speaker Series

Speaker’s name:  Catherine Hearding

Speaker’s website:  www.chearding.com

Bio: Catherine Hearding has more than 40 years of experience painting in watercolor. She earned a BA degree in zoology and botany from the University of Montana (1974). Catherine designed and marketed a line of watercolor notecards featuring her designs, from 1974 until 1990. In the 1990s, Catherine’s focus shifted to painting the landscape and she began exhibiting her paintings locally in 2001. In 2006, she first entered her work in national exhibitions.
Artist Statement:  As a landscape painter, the emphasis of my watercolors is on the elements of color, shape, value and light, inviting the viewer to see the subject from a unique perspective. To accomplish this goal, I focus on more intimate views of the landscape. Many of my landscapes have a high horizon line, thus bringing more attention to the foreground and details that might be passed over. Every subject that I paint starts with a basic abstract pattern of shapes and values. This helps to simplify the subject and to eliminate unnecessary detail and invites the viewer to engage in the subject and fill in the details.

I use a three-step process for my paintings: save the whites and pour light values to tone the paper, add mid-tone large shapes, finish with dark values and smaller shapes for contrast and detail. Most of my paintings start with a poured under-painting of two or three colors over the entire sheet, letting these colors mix freely on the paper and creating wonderful color transitions across the page. Whites are saved before pouring, by using masking fluid or leaving areas dry. The poured wash represents the lightest values in the painting and insures that these colors will be there to add a glow to the finished piece. Each composition is painted as a whole, rather than focusing on sections of the painting separately. Colors used are chosen specifically for each painting and typically, only 3-4 colors are used in each painting, creating beautiful harmony and bright, clean color.

Title of presentation:   Colors Matter!

Description of presentation

Have you ever asked the question, “Why do my violets look murky?” or ”How can I make a natural-looking green?  This demonstration will focus on how to capture lively color in your paintings. Knowing more about your pigments will help you understand how to mix and use color to create more exciting and interesting paintings.  Your choice of color has a big impact on how your paintings turn out.  I will be talking about using intentional color and how to simplify your palette.

 

 

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