Julie Snider, a well-known watercolour painter now residing in St Catherines, Ontario, visited our August meeting to demonstrate various techniques in floral painting.
From Julie's website bio:
"In 1970 I enrolled in a fine arts program at Sheridan College, in Oakville, Ontario. In 1974 I graduated from the Graphic Design program, met my husband John, and began working as a graphic artist. We soon married and began a family. While at home raising my boys, Murray and Ben, I discovered my passion for watercolour and began to paint whenever I could find the time and energy.
"My first solo exhibit was in Perth, Australia, where John was doing in a year- long teaching exchange. Able to concentrate exclusively on painting while away with my family, I returned home to St. Catharines with a large portfolio of watercolour and have been painting at a steady pace ever since."
|A house portrait|
|A finished botanical|
|An initial drawing - note the paper is loose|
She does not stretch her paper, which is usually Arches 140#. She works in a controlled wet-in-wet process, and does not tape her paper down. With botanicals, she invariably works from life and may keep flowers in her frig to keep them fresh. She draws from life, but often paints from memory,
She uses Winsor and Newton paints, always prepares 3 values and uses quite inexpensive brushes, generally rounds.
|Starting the centre|
|She moves around the page|
For the leaves, she used Sap Green, Quin Gold and Yellow. For the back sides of the leaves, when visible, she used cerulean blue.
|A finished example|
|The initial rough wash|
|Close up of dried wash|