Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Victorian Watercolor Techniques at Foothills!
This coming August, I'm excited to be teaching a unique watercolor workshop covering different techniques from the Victorian era!

The British Victorians were an inquisitive and adventurous people, and the artists and illustrators of that era were no exception.
 I won't overwhelm you with too many different techniques, but those artists/illustrators used many!
The mouse above illustrates one approach--using watercolor to "tint" a drawing, while the first illustration--Goblins at the Door--illustrates the Victorian watercolorist's penchant for layering color. I will also be covering the techniques of the Golden Age British illustrators like Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, and others!
This Victorian House illustration demonstrates their use of Chinese white or "bodycolour" along with transparent watercolors. This was a departure from the purist watercolors of the previous, so-called "old-school" watercolorists, the majority of whom were decidedly in favor of pure transparency in their paintings.
And then there were the Pre-Raphaelites, who, along with many other painters, dived into William Holman Hunt's "bird's nest method" of painting with tiny strokes and hatch-marks over a tinted ground. Dante Gabriel Rossetti's watercolor methods using gum arabic will also be covered.
This workshop runs three evenings on three consecutive Wednesdays, and
you can view the details by clicking on the link below:
Sarmo's Victorian Watercolor Workshop

If you're in town, and want a fresh and new watercolor class, I hope you will join us!
Thanks for checking it out!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Edition and ElectroPop at Helikon Gallery!
Tea (detail).

Coming this Saturday: Edition: A Group Print Show and ElectroPop--two great shows in one great gallery!

I'm among giants here--and I can't wait to see what all these fantastic artists will be offering! 
Not only this but...

...Edition is happening along with ElectroPop, which features a huge show of works by Kaitlin Ziesmer and Robin 1000!
Here's another sneak peek at a detail of one of the prints I'll have at Helikon for Edition...
 ...and another detail of a work that will be offered in two sizes!

All of my prints are mounted on sturdy hardboard with black, beveled edges and coated with  a protective finish. No framing necessary--they are ready to hang!
And a bonus--Helikon is more than great--it's an unpretentious, community-supporting, fantastic gallery! Complete with artist's studios, a coffee and gift store, weekly life painting open-sessions and more; Helikon Gallery and Studios charges into the Denver art scene with new, welcome energy, and innovative, high-quality shows. All of the above reasons explain why their receptions draw huge crowds!

So come to the reception, this Saturday, July 18th, 6 pm! And if you are not from Denver, check out Helikon Gallery and Studios when you next visit Denver. Click on the link below for more info:

And thanks for checking out my blog!


Monday, July 6, 2015

It's Coming: Art Makers Denver 2015!

 The deadline for registration is approaching fast, and the second annual Art Makers Denver will be happening in a few short months!

I loved the whole 2014 experience, and this year's event is going to be even better--Art Makers Denver has added a full day of workshops for 2015. In my workshops, all ability and experience levels are welcome!

Days One and Two are great workshops to help you draw more easily, more three-dimensionally, and add life and excitement to your art! Click on the link below for more information:
My Day Three workshop takes you into the world of anthropomorphic birds, and will help you draw any characters--bird or otherwise--more easily and with greater conviction!
Click on this link: Workshop Day Three

In Day Four you'll learn the ink and watercolor techniques used by the great illustrators of the Edwardian era; Arthur Rackham and Beatrix Potter to name only two!
Here's the link:  Workshop Day Four
It's an amazing gathering for learning new ways to think, and innovative ways to make art. The instructors, workshop participants, and organizers come together for a friendly, creative experience you won't forget...

...and it's held in this cool space!

Visit the Art Makers Denver site for all the information you need. There are lots of workshops by many fantastic instructors! just click on this link:

Thanks for reading, and for checking out Art Makers Denver 2015!

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