Watercolors: The Wintery Night w/Terri Brooks

  • Date: Feb 29-March 1, 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Price: $265
  • Artist: Terri Brooks
  • Website: https://terribrooksart.com/

In this weekend workshop, students will learn how to use color, value and a variety of watercolor techniques to portray the soft glowing effect of a Winter evening. Participants will start with drawing and breaking the image down into value patterns and then move on to painting. The instructor will be doing demos throughout the class. Students will be working from photographs of a city or town on a wintery night. The instructor will supply photos, or you can bring your own. (If you bring your own, don’t shy away from people and cars, or signs) Terri will also be demonstrating a drawing techniqe to make things look accurate in the photo. By the end of the weekend you will leave with at least one finished painting.  Please bring $10 payable to the instructor to cover a large sheet of Arches, 140lb watercolor paper, painting board and use of masking fluid. This class is for all levels from the beginner student to the intermediate. The instructor will work with you at your level. Class size will be limited to allow for individual attention.

Saturday, Feb 29 & Sunday, March 1, 9am-4pm, $265 (deadline for sign up, Feb 24)

Cancellation Policy. We ask that you to give us 10 days notice if you need to cancel. You will receive a full refund minus $20 cancellation fee.  Cancellations should be made by phone by calling (603) 387-3463. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space.We are sorry, but we cannot give refunds or issue credits for ‘no shows’.


Photos: Optional. If bringing photos, please print them on regular copy paper and enlarge the image to fit that paper. You are welcome to crop the photo, just make sure that one dimension fits the page. Example: you crop the photo to make a long narrow image. just make sure the length is 10 inches.

Instructor will supply the paper. You will all get one sheet of Arches, 140lb watercolor paper, size 22×30. You will probably be working smaller than that, so you will have some for other paintings.

Instructor will supply students with a painting support to use for the class. If you like, you may purchase it.

An assortment of tube watercolors.

Daniel Smith (DS) Hansa Yellow Light
*DS Aureolin
DS New Gamboge
Rowney Gamboge Hue
*DS Yellow Ochre
*American Journey(AJ) Halloween Orange
DS Cadmium Scarlet*
Mission Permanent Rose* (I also use Rowney)
*DS Alizarin Crimson
AJ Janet’s Violet Rose
DS Quinacridone Magenta
Holbein (H) Blue Grey
*DS Ultramarine Blue
DS Cobalt Blue*
*DS Cerulean Blue
*AJ Andrew’s Turquoise
DS Pthalo Blue GS
*DS Pthalo Green BS
Ds Ultramarine Turquoise
*Holbein Leaf Green or AJ Skip’sGreen
Holbein Jaune Brilliant#2
DS Burnt Orange
DS Quinacridone Gold
sometimes also use Holbein Opera and AJ Coastal Fog

Just bring a variety of reds, yellows, blues, and greens. Also an orange and a violet.  No browns, although burnt orange and gold are quite brown. As a rule, a warm and a cool of each color is ideal. For example a lemony (cool) yellow and a orangey (warm) yellow. The only neutral is yellow ochre.

Don’t feel the need to purchase every color listed.  The starred ones are most important.

YOU must have Titanium White or Chinese white. (suggest a 15ml. tube)

Use whatever brand you like. I use a combination of Daniel Smith, American Journey from Cheap Joe’s, and Holbein. But any professional quality paint will do. I don’t tend to like Winsor Newton, but you may, and I think they have that at Michaels. Just DON’T get the Michael’s brand or Reeve’s or anything Job Lot. They will not granulate well.

Brushes. Please bring a large, 2 inch wash brush and at least one large round brush and one flat brush that is 3/4 inch to 1 inch wide. Whatever smaller brushes that you like is fine. Synthetic brushes are fine. The  2 inch wash brushes are mainly used to keep your paper wet and to apply large washes, so they need not be expensive. Check out sales at Dick Blick, Cheap Joe’s. Jerry’s Artarama. Or try Michael’s.

18inch or longer metal ruler

a #2 pencil and a white plastic eraser. Pink or gum erasers often leave a “dirt path” and during the drawing process you will be doing plenty of erasing. My favorite eraser is called “Vanish” from Jerry’s Artarama.

Instuctor will provide masking fluid, tape and things for other techniques.

Terri uses  a mouth atomizer for atmospheric effects. The cheap ones don’t work at all. Where it is a “personal” item, she  can’t really share, so here is the link to purchase it. (optional) You may want to watch her demo first and then decide if it is worth the investment. https://www.cheapjoes.com/pat-dews-atomizer.html

A pack of Mr Clean Magic Erasers, the original one. Hannaford makes them, too, just get the white plain ones. (not the ones with the wavy texture)

Terri Brooks is an award-winning painter who has had a life long interest in the visual arts.After earning a degree in art at the University of Maine, Ms. Brooks began a 30 year career teaching art in the public schools. Although she majored in sculpture while in college, she found it dif cult to nd the space and fund the equipment necessary for that medium while working and raising a family. Her passion for color and need for a more portable medium led to a decision to turn to watercolor as her primary medium.

She began exhibiting in national shows in 2001. Since that time, Ms. Brooks’ work has been exhibited in nu- merous national juried shows, and received many awards. (A complete list is available on her website.) Her work has been cited for its soft, glowing light and the use of color granulation. She describes it as follows:

“My work is about the effects that light and atmosphere have on people and places. I am a keen observer of the world around me.With camera or sketchbook in hand, I seek to provide myself with the visual information necessary to work from back in the studio.The summer haze, early morning mist, crisp wintery light, etc. all have a unique effect on the subject and I strive to capture that in my painting.The beautiful Mt. Washington Valley Region of New Hampshire that I live in provides me with inspiration to paint just as it has inspired many artists before me.”