Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Watercolor Botanical—a Contemporary Approach
This class will focus on botanical elements using the “dropped in color” technique, which incorporates luminosity and brilliance in watercolor. It’s a messy, exploratory, out-of-control way of painting that allows the colors to blend and fuse without making “mud.” We’ll work with contemporary experimental painting techniques, including batik methods with Masa paper. Colored pencils and collage elements will be added to embellish shapes. We’ll also use pours, translucent collage, mark making, and surface textures to create magnified, close-up botanical and still life compositions. Alternative supports will be explored such as paper mounted onto canvas and sealed with an acrylic varnish. Pigment characteristics, color theory, composition, and design will also be covered with demos, critiques, and individual instruction.
Materials: We’ll discuss the full supply list at the first class meeting, but bring the following to the first class: Butcher metal tray or plastic palette; large water container, 2B soft pencil and soft eraser; paper towels; at least two round watercolor brushes, #14,#12, or #10; one-inch flat watercolor brush, and one medium-size round acrylic brush for collage work; one sheet Arches cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper; suggested professional grade palette of watercolor pigments (wait until first class meeting to purchase new paints): Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Sienna or Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Sap Green, Phthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Manganese Blue, Carbazole Violet.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tis the season once again for the San Deigo Talmadge Show. I'm bring lots of cards,paintings and icons.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I'm holding a workshop at Quail Gardens www.qbgardens.org in Encinitas, CA on November 9th- hope you can join us!
Book Arts Nature Journal Workshop
Sunday, November 9, 9:30 am - 4 pm
Renowned watercolor artist Helen Shafer Garcia guides you through a day filled with the beauty of art and nature. The morning begins with watercolor painting at select locations throughout the scenic Gardens. The afternoon will include the creation of an extraordinary hand-bound journal with decorative rice papers to record your prose, drawings, collages, and paintings. Bring lunch and supplies. Watercolor supply list available upon registration.
Cost: Members $65, non-members $75 (plus $15 materials fee). Advance registration required. Call 760/ 436-3036 x206.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
3 units Fall Semester starts August 30th
Acrylic I # 225,Acrylic II #226 , Watercolor I #235, Watercolor II #236
Saturday s 9:00am to 3:30pm Concepts of studio painting utilizing acrylic based colors and watercolors as the primary medium. Exploration of different styles and techniques with emphasis on contemporary modes of expression. Concentration of gaining skills in composition, brush handling, and the use of color.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Cost: Members $65, non-members $75Advance registration required. Call 760/ 436–3036 x206
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
4133 Talyor St. San Diego 92020
Visit the new upstairs gallery dedicated to my works!
Special event on August 1-2-3
Latin American Festival
Look for my booth in the courtyard!
10am to 8pm Friday and Saturday - 10am to 5pm Sunday
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
This is a special piece- it's now owned by a lovely lady who came to my booth at the Rancho Santa Ana Gardens in Claremont, CA. www.rsabg.org
She lost her family to Katrina and her sister loved butterflies....
The poem reads:
A Beautiful Song Resounds
I sing the flowers
Butterflies of song.
Would that they leap forth from myself,
Let my heart enjoy them.
Xayacamach- Aztec Sage
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The area is a canvas of golden rolling hills , mustard flowers, oak trees as well as wild turkeys and other creatures seen as we drove to the ranch. The ranch is located at the border of Rancho Guejito, the last remaining intact Mexican land grants. A holdover from the days of the Mexican dons and missions, the Guejito, at more than 21,000 acres contains an intact Mexican Land Grant much as it was when it was created in 1845. I hope that this beautiful land will continue to be preserved for the future.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This workshop is a great opportunity to create an extraordinary Japanese Stab Binding Journal to express your thoughts with prose, drawings, collages, and paintings. We'll start the day painting in the gardens at selected locations with watercolors. Construction of the journal will begin in the afternoon with beautiful decorative rice papers along with the painting. Watercolor supply list available upon registration.
Cost: $65 members, $75 general public (Plus $15 materials fee)
Advance registration required. Call 760/ 436–3036 x206