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            Big Brush Wet In Wet Workshop In Pine Island Florida

   Roy John Fuller, a local Matlacha Florida watercolor artist, did a 1/2 day wet in wet watercolor workshop for The Order Of The Golden Brush on location at St. James Civic Center in Pine Island Florida on January 19, 2016. The workshop was sold out in advance with attendees traveling as far as Ft Lauderdale and Naples Florida to learn how to do big brush wet on wet watercolor paintings.

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   "It was a very cool day with temperatures in the low 40's as everyone gathered at the St James Civic Center on Pine Island to learn wet on wet big brush watercolor design and painting techniques from international watercolor artist Roy John Fuller. Roy has been painting and offering watercolor workshops for over 30 years. He is the founding editor of International, an online watercolor magazine with articles, paintings, biographies and watercolor tips from some of today top international watercolor artists. 21 attendees joined Roy for four hours of intense art design and wet on wet watercolor technique instruction. Everyone was able to complete there own wet in wet big brush watercolor painting during the workshop."


                          Mary Schaefer's Watercolor Painting From The Workshop   


           Mary Schaefer's Watercolor Painting Above From One Of Roy's Workshop

                      Mary requested a critique on her workshop painting above

   Mary's painting above was completed during the workshop. Her painting was constructed and planned using a value sketch. She used variety and value in the sky, the palm trees, the foliage and the water. Her use of cool to warm gradation in the sky and the water gives the painting depth.  Her shapes incorporated some interlocking edges and the overall harmony and unity of the painting was very good. She saved some white areas in the painting to create more interest and contrast. The balance on this painting works because the dark foliage extends across the width of the painting, otherwise the painting would have needed an oblique small dark shape to the left to balance the large dark shape on the right. Mary correctly used oblique shapes in the sky, the foliage, the water and the white spaces to create motion in the painting. Mary used repetition with variety in the tree trunks by varying the trunk angles, the height and the spacing between them. She also used a minimum odd number of trees to sell the idea the dark shape consisted of many dense trees.. She placed her horizon correctly in the bottom third of the vertical plane. Her workshop painting demonstrates many of the design principles we discussed during the workshop. This turned out to be a very nice painting and it was her first big brush watercolor painting. Congrats to Mary.   Roy John Fuller

  Constructive comments: The only thing I would like to see in Mary's painting is a well defined COI (center of interest). If Mary had had more time to scrap in a small white beach hut or boat in the right bottom corner of the dark foliage the painting would have been even more interesting. Mary used value pattern one, but value pattern four would have also worked for this painting. RJF



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                                      Roy's Workshop Comments:

   "I always love visiting Pine Island. It takes me back to the way Florida use to be with it's laid back atmosphere. We had a great time painting together and all the attendees painted some great paintings. Linda from the Order Of The Golden Brush did a great job coordinating and managing the workshop. She kept everyone on task. I really enjoyed this workshop and look forward to doing another workshop on Pine Island." Roy John Fuller







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  "The best way to create loose, transparent and luminous watercolor paintings is to paint quickly with the biggest brush possible, use the fewest number of brush strokes and use lots of water." Roy Fuller  


       FREE Art Design Lessons For Seascapes / Landcapes

       * These art design concepts apply to all mediums including oils, pastels, acrylics, mixed mediums, pencil drawings, watercolors and photography.


     1).   You need to select a value pattern group for your watercolor painting. There are several but you only need a couple different value patterns to do hundred's of watercolor paintings. So pick one or two you like and stick with then for a while. Then do a Value Sketch based on your value pattern and determine where the center of interest (COI) and your shapes will be located. Plan for the greatest contrast in this area. The COI is also a great area to plan for your brightest colors and value differences. Determine the shapes and shape values you want in your painting and indicate them on your value sketch. Use interlocking edges, and oblique thrust on your shapes and determine where your mid, dark and light value areas will be.

     2).    Sketch your drawing on your watercolor paper remembering to use proper perspective and a good design composition. Plan your watercolor painting utilizing only three basic values of dark values, medium values and light values. Your medium values need to be dominant and should cover the entire sheet of water color paper from corner to corner.  Plan to save some white areas as there is no transparent white watercolor paints. Make sure your white areas and other shapes have two different dimensions, interlocking edges and an oblique thrust. These white areas are critical to a successful watercolor painting. Wet both sides completely until they are soaked or wet an area such as the sky. Either stretch the paper beforehand or add clamps on the sides of your backboard to hold the paper as it dries and shrinks if you are painting on a full sheet of watercolor paper. This will stretch the paper as you paint. The paper will dry in 12 to 15 minutes.

     3).    Paint the sky area using variety and gradation and start adding foliage to your middle ground. Use fresh paint each time you pick up paint from the pallet to keep the colors glowing as they mix. Also do your mixing on the paper. Put one color say yellow on the wet paper and then add blue and watch the green colors explode on the wet paper. This is a very exciting painting method.

     4).   Change the color often to add variety in color. Doesn't matter what color, just something different.

     5).    Now paint your large dark shape using symbols for trees, rocks, buildings, etc. Use interlocking edges, an oblique thrust and two different dimensions on the large dark shape. Never paint what you see, unless it's a landmark and needs to be painted that way for recognition. Discard 90 % of what you see and only paint 10%. A watercolor paintings needs to have an abstract quality. Develop your own set of symbols for things. This will make you unique as an artist. Be sure to vary the size, color and value of your shapes and symbols. Use three sizes of shapes such as small, medium and large for variety when paint trees, rocks, buildings. You don't need a dozen trees, just three. One large, one medium and one small. vary the sizes, heights, color, value, widths and spacing between the three trees.

     6).    Now paint the ocean with a minimum number of brush strokes incorporating cooler colors in the distance and warmer colors in the foreground. The water should be done in the fewest number of brush strokes possible. Three to five strokes for an ocean!  

     7).    By now the paper is dry and all you need to do is add the foreground foliage, the palm fronds and you are finished.

      Roy's watercolors are created using the basic principles and elements of design in art. Principles such alternation, balance, contrast, dominanceharmony, unity, gradation. Elements such as color, line, action or direction, shape, size, texture and value. Using pattern groups, perspective, varietycomposition, value sketches and symbols will help you paint better looking and more interesting watercolors.

     These design elements and principles apply to all art mediums such as oils, acrylics, pencil, pastels, and mixed mediums, not just watercolors. Beginners and experienced artists will benefit by adopting these principles and elements of design.

    For more details on the Principles & Elements of art design visit Roy's: Principles Of Art Design & Elements Of Art Design. Below is an example of using these Principles and elements of design in your paintings.

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            Wet In Wet Watercolor Workshops By Roy John Fuller


                  Roy offers 1/2 day to 5 day watercolor workshops internationally.

   Roy is the founder of showcasing articles on many of today's top international watercolor artists. He is a native of Virginia and has lived in the Matlacha, Florida area for the past 28 years. Roy's watercolor workshops are focused on the principles and elements of design. Principles like alternation, balance, contrast, dominanceharmony, unity, gradation. Elements like color, line, action or direction, shape, size, texture and value. Using pattern groups, perspective, composition, value sketches and symbols will help you paint better looking and more interesting watercolors. These design concepts also apply to oils, acrylics and mixed mediums.






"Students are often surprised at the small details visible using this watercolor painting method especially considering they are completed entirely with big 2 inch & 3 inch paint brushes, but it's the method of watercolor painting that creates all the little details that doesn't seem possible with big brushes." Roy John Fuller

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          Artist's Comments On Roy John Fuller's Method Of "Watercolor Painting:

 Frank Webb - "Roy Fuller's watercolor works exude a freshness born of great speed. This fleetness of touch can only be made when the painter's mark is sure and with a conviction of the shape to be made with a minimum of adjustments."

 Sterling Edwards - "Roy's work is very nice...loose, fresh, and clean!"

 Leslie Ruth - "Your work is wonderful and "refreshing". You capture the true essence of the medium."

 Judy Champion - ".....Very impressive!"

 Ron Bigony - "Really like your watercolors, the colors are so pure and transparent."

 William Maurer  -  “Good extemporaneous use of color and wet technique…..” 

Lynda Simonetti - "Love the Colors! Great work. I have always drawn and oil painted and never thought I would like watercolor because to me it is not a controllable medium. I was wrong :) I LOVE watercolor because it IS uncontrollable and I can just ‘let it go’."



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