Notes from Ann
Winter 2004 - 05
sun creates such wonderful effects here during winter! When the water is
warmer than the air you see these funnels of mist rising over the water.
How would you paint that? Get in the habit of asking yourself
that question often as you observe the world around you. If a lighting
effect appeals to you, create a series, painting it many times in
different ways. You could vary the values, colors, point of view, or
type of surface; whatever you can think of to be creative. This is good
training for your right brain and will improve your ability to see. If
you rely only on your linear thinking left brain to tell you what it
THINKS it sees, the results will be less creative.
you look at a tree, you “know” it is made up of many individual
needles, or leaves, each with veins and stems. They appear to be all one
color. This is information from your left brain. Your right brain, if
allowed the chance of observation, may notice more subtle information.
Fall; Saranac Lake 21 x 29"
may discover that many leavesare
grouped together in the light or shade to form a large shape, or mass. You
don’t see the individual shapes at all, much less every vein and stem.
There are colors reflected onto the tree from its surroundings, even in
the darker shadows. That is much more exciting to paint! There will be
similar discoveries when you observe any subject. Just find the patience
to sit and really look and SEE.
here the way the light pattern combines leaves together. I’ve chosen to
spell out the details in only a few.
| Streptocarpus Plant
14 x 21”
2005 Watercolor Magazine Summer Issue will feature Ann's
work in the article Advice From Experts
January 2005' A selection of
pages from Ann's book have been featured in the new book "Big Book
Of Painting Watercolor Flowers". This book is offered by North
Light Book Club.
April 17 - May 6 Ann's painting, Protea, was selected
for the Academic Artists Association 55th Annual National Exhibition in
June 4-24, 2005 Ann's painting, DIVINE DAHLIA, was
selected for the Louisiana Watercolor Society 35th Annual International
Exhibition, New Orleans, LA