Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall Colors: Methow Valley Watercolor Retreat

A troop of aspiring artists paraded over the landscape last weekend to find the perfect views and hues of autumn in the Methow Valley.  Maria Coryell-Martin led the way, with paint palette and watercolor brush in hand to help us all develop confidence for sketching and plein air watercolor.   

The autumn's low light hung in the sky and after quick rain bouts, expressive skies and majestic mountains were highlighted by sun bursts through the misty clouds.  

Maria demonstrates how quick and simple strokes can represent the mist of the clouds and depth of the mountains. 

Using many locations around the Valley for our backdrop, Liberty Bell shines in the sunshine as Maria continues to instruct the group on color mixing and skill-building exercises to develop our field sketches.  The backdrop was stunning, the company wonderful, and the food at the Basecamp kept everyone blissful for the weekend.   

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