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Week 6: Canines, Kitties, and Cake with Maira Kalman

maira-bassetIt’s all of your favorite things in one workout! Including gouache paint!  Check out the bold and beautiful illustrations by Maira Kalman (you may have seen her work in a magazine or children’s book) and take inspiration from her eclectic subject matter.  She has done everything from pets, food, shoes, and beyond.  For this workout, we would like you to focus on a pet and if you don’t have a pet, paint some cake (and then you can enjoy eating it)!  Or maybe surprise a family member with a portrait of their pet… or just cake. Kalman uses gouache and ink in her illustrations, so we suggest using our favorite Acryla gouache from Holbein, and your Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Look at her brushwork with the noticeable blending and her bright color palette mixed with pastel tones that make her illustrations pop.

Spread2LRG._V198773820_This week at Wet Paint, all Holbein Acryla Gouache is 25% off MSRP, and the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is 15% off our everyday price!  Stock up, and don’t forget your refills!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 5: Kolor Kaleidoscope with Lee Krasner

lee_krasner2This week, let’s play with masking fluid (resist) and watercolor and take some inspiration from these lovely Lee Krasner paintings.  Notice the graphic white lines and bold color choices in these abstract pieces. There’s a new product on the market that makes using masking fluid easy-peasy, the new Molotow Masking Pen (that we are lovin’!).  These pens are available in 2 sizes and are refillable!  Start drawing with the masking pen – a pattern or a graphic motif (like Lee does) or just doodle whatever is in your noodle- and paint bold rich colors over the page (maybe get a big brush). When the paint has dried, use your finger or a soft eraser to lift the masking away to reveal the lovely white of your page(s).

jm-aa_08_05This week at Wet Paint all Molotow Masking Pens are 15% off our everyday price and all Holbein Watercolors in open stock are 25% off MSRP!  Plus, we have a set of 12 Holbein watercolors at a super bargain price of $35.00 (MSRP $79.00)! And, if you are in need of a big brush, our favorite is the Black Velvet by Silver Brush.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 4: Collection Collage with Jane Hammond

scrapbook-arlesMany artists are known for collecting- whether it is art supplies, paper scraps or oddities, things tend to accumulate!  This week we want to see your stuff in a beautiful layout in your sketchbook like the one pictured by the fabulous Jane Hammond.  Sketch, photograph, paint, or collage your favorite things, tchotchkes, and memorabilia on the page (or pages). Feel free to tell us a short quip about your collection and your favorite mixed media when you post.  Think you don’t have a collection? What about your selection of earrings?  Or your keys? Find a stash of something that is like a collection and put it on the page!

This week at Wet Paint, all Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils are 15% off our everyday price (includes sets)!  These are two favorite pencil lines of the Wet Paint staff!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
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Week 3: Joan Mitchell Mash Up!

Joan-Mitchell-1987-UntitledThis week we want you to dip into abstraction taking inspiration from the abstract expressionist painter, Joan Mitchell. Looking at her body of work, there is a clear thought process and method to these paintings, so if you feel it is helpful, paint multiple spreads and pages and share your favorite (a double page spread would look fabulous with this workout). Some people find abstraction difficult.  When approaching this workout, we suggest starting by making bold marks with your acrylic ink.  Then smash your sketchbook closed to make the mirrored blot as your foundation shape.  Add as many layers or colors of ink as you would like- dribble, drip, or flick your ink for added movement.  When the fluid ink is dry,  go in with a brush or paint marker to add more linework or color into your composition.  It may be helpful to look at more of her amazing color work before you begin.

Joan-Mitchell-1992-UntitledThis week at Wet Paint we have Daler Rowney’s FW Acrylic Ink at 25% off MSRP and Golden Acrylic’s new High Flow at 30% off MSRP! Montana and Molotow paint markers are already 15% off our everyday price for our Make Your Mark Sale, so you can get all the color you need for your Mitchell Mash Up!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
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Week 2: Getting Fresh Faced with Frida Kahlo

frida-kahloGet some color back into our sketchbooks (and these cold grey days) with some inspiration from the fabulous Frida Kahlo.  Grab your favorite accessories (and/or a furry friend or houseplant!) and your oil pastels and create a colorful self-portrait.  What are oil pastels? They are the happy medium between drawing and painting- works like a crayon, but the color intensity and creaminess of paint.  Feel free to exaggerate the color, your features, or the setting to enhance the “Frida-ness” of your self-portrait!

 

All oil pastels are 15% off our everyday price! We have some great inexpensive sets from Craypas Expressionist or get real fancy with the giant Sennelier oil pastels (including the beautiful iridescent and metallic colors).  Or get some fine lines for detail with the Holbien square oil pastels.

 

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Week 1: Gestural Impressions like Kathe Kollwitz

Kollowitz-Kathe-Self-Portrait-charcoal-on-paper1924Welcome back to our second year of Weekly Workouts! For our first workout, we’d like you all to introduce yourselves to the group with a gestural portrait of your hands or face (or both) taking inspiration from this beautiful charcoal drawing by Kathe Kollwitz.  She captures herself with movement and detail, and depicts herself as an artist. Notice the values and highlights on her hand that make it look 3-dimensional — try your best to work with more tones than just black and white.  And, feel free to stand back from the paper and use your whole arm to draw! You may even want to consider doing a double-page spread.

 

This week, all Nitram fine charcoal in all varieties are 20% off! The superb quality of Nitram ensures that it does not crumble under pressure, has the advantage of rich blacks and a wide range of shades, and it will not skip while you are drawing. It’s the favorite charcoal of the Wet Paint staff.

 

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Summer Session Art Date 6: Paint your Picnic

Seurat-Pic0001.jpg_4As our Summer Session comes to a close we thought we would encourage you and your sketchbook to go on a picnic!  Find a spot on the grass, put out a blanket (or not) and sketch your scene.  Are there some nearby Frisbee players?  Is there a beautiful view of trees or flowers from where you’re sitting? Or perhaps your lunch looks like an appetizing subject?  Whatever you choose, try to fill the entire page with your scene taking inspiration from George Seurat’s masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (no pointillism required!).   For this Art Date, we suggest using gouache paints to layer bold color in your painting.

For the next two weeks, take advantage of 40% off MSRP on M. Graham Gouache!  This paint formulation uses high concentration of pigments to create the opaque color, rather than adding white or other opacifiers, so you know that this will be intense, clean color on the palette and in your painting.

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Summer Session Art Date 5: Sketch by the Sea

wyethNow that our local rivers and lakes are down to normal water levels, take your sketchbook to a quiet corner of a nearby lake, river, pond, stream… if you don’t live by any water elements, draw poolside, or even at the water fountain in the town square!  Check out this beautiful Andrew Wyeth watercolor painting and how he works the waves – now is the time to bust out all those aqua blues!  Using your watercolor paints, freshen up your palette with a new blue, like Liz’ fave: Holbein Cobalt Turquoise Light or Kristina’s fave: Daniel Smith Lunar Blue.

For the next two weeks, any blue watercolor paint is 10% off Wet Paint’s everyday discounted price!  Ride the wave into Wet Paint and pick out your new faves! Please Note: To receive your discount, please mention this Art Date when checking out in the store (online customers: please email sales@wetpaintart.com or call the store 651-698-6431 for discount).

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

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Summer Session- Art Date 4: Nocturnal Notes

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Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone”

Stay up late and sketch the town red!  Okay, maybe not just red, but any and all colors that lend themselves to the neon and moon glow of nighttime escapades.  Using the Van Gogh painting as inspiration, see how colors can light up the night or capture a moment like our friend, Justin Terlecki’s 4th of July print, entitled July.  Since the 4th of July is this weekend, try doing a quick sketch of the scene and, as night falls, lay in the explosive color! If you are a night owl, go out on the town and paint the city lights, or a country road and paint the night sky.  For this art date, try toning your paper with a dark color first, then layer in color with your favorite opaque paint markers for a colorful pop!

 

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Justin Terlecki’s Lithograph print “July”

Wet Paint will have the refillable Montana Paint markers on sale for 15% off MSRP from now until July15th!  Available in a great variety of colors and sizes, and now in six fluorescent colors so you can really make your paintings bright!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies


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Summer Session Art Date 3: Color at the Cafe

cafeTake your sketchbook to your local coffee shop, bistro, or diner (somewhere you can sit comfortably for a bit) and enjoy a cup of java.  Take time to observe the human species in its caffeinated surroundings and do a quick portrait. See Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s painting for inspiration of a looser, impressionist style of portrait.  If you are a little nervous about getting caught drawing your neighbor, you can always draw what you ordered!  For this workout, we suggest using gouache for great layering and brilliant color.

Now at Wet Paint, M. Graham artist quality gouache is 40% off MSRP!  This super-pigmented gouache paint is available in a nice range of colors that are perfect for mixing and at an economical price!

These Weekly Workouts will be posted as Events in our Facebook Group, click here to join!
If you are not on Facebook, share your photos in our Flickr group
We will also post our exercises here on our blog
 Click here to see our list of suggested art supplies

 

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