Art Workshop


Bold & Loose: Going with the Ebb & Flow of Paint and Water
Instructor: Jim Nelson
Adults 18 years or older, all levels
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day
Cost: $200.00

The two-day workshop, “Bold & Loose”, will emphasize the importance of freshly squeezed paint and the right balance of water to achieve a loose and fluid style. Nelson’s demonstrations will help students learn how to let the flow of paint and water capture the essence of their subject. Students will experience the spontaneous and transparent effects of watercolor through instruction on the use of color and value, and how to create depth with soft and hard edges.

The subject for day one of the workshop is landscape. Students may bring a photo to paint from or select from the Instructor’s collection.

Day two will open with a demonstration of how to paint a watercolor portrait. Students can bring a photo or paint from the demonstration portrait. Nelson will discuss principles of composition and show students how to paint with confidence by learning to simplify their subject by not trying to replicate the photographic details of the portrait.

Jim Nelson retired as a biochemist in cancer research seven years ago, and now devotes his time to painting. He has always had an interest in art, and after graduating from college, he started painting with a Japanese nun one night a week. One evening the instructor showed him a Charles Reid watercolor book. He immediately loved Reid’s style. It was awhile before Jim could afford Reid’s workshops, but once he could, he spent one week every year for twenty-five years painting with “Charlie.”

Nelson said his watercolor style and philosophy can be distilled to this iconic Reid quote: “The trick is to allow your paint and a little water to do the painting for you.”

Materials List:

  • Artist quality watercolor paints in tubes*
  • Clean palette
  • Spray Bottle
  • Brushes: #8, 10,12, & 14 Round; #6 Rigger
  • 1 sheet Arches #140lb Cold Press watercolor paper
  • Graphite pencil H, or a mechanical pencil, & kneaded eraser
  • Easel (desk or standing; or something that will raise your board & paper to a slant of six to ten inches.
  • Gator board & clips to hold paper in place

Suggested Watercolor Paints:

  • Three yellows ranging from pale to orange
  • Three reds ranging from light to deep, & vermillion
  • Two greens, Hooker, & Viridian (or teal-green shade/blue)
  • Three blues, French Ultramarine, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt, or similar hues
  • Pro White
  • Ivory Black
  • Raw umber, raw sienna
  • Burnt umber, burnt sienna
  • Bring any other paints that you may use such as Alizarin Crimson, Peacock Blue, etc.

Supplies can be found at Dots & Doodles in Astoria, Free Hand and Salt & Paper in Manzanita, or ordered online at Dick Blick, or Cheap Joes.

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  • August 4, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • August 5, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Join us for a two-day watercolor workshop with artist Jim Nelson, entitled “Bold & Loose”, designed to help students learn how to let the flow of paint and water capture the essence of their subject.