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Watercolors with Geraldine Kovats

November 2, 2016


I. To Painters:

Whether or not you’re an experienced watercolorist we can always advance our skills. During the course of this workshop, we’ll work from life thereby making every encounter–however near or far, a true adventure. 

Materials will be discussed during our first meeting and you can make informed buying choices if needed.

In order to create effective paintings, it is essential to take a close look at color and light. Color is not an exact science and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of what drove Claude Monet to say, ‘Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment!’. 

I’ll provide a historical overview of watercolor art, and you’ll also learn about my own approach to making a watercolor painting. I’ll share techniques I used in creating backgrounds for Disney’s, Lilo & Stitch, as well as Mathias Poledna’s film, Imitation of Life, (stylistically akin to Disney’s, Snow White).

More than any other paint, watercolors require both familiarity and finesse. But once mastered watercolors can become a wonderful and exciting way to work.

Drawing is the foundation of painting and I believe color is best used as a means of furthering drawing. Color, and/or the reduction of color, can powerfully express mood, describe form and space, and convey symbolism. 

Should you wish to further explore the topics covered during class, please find a list of helpful links below.

I’m excited to become acquainted with you and your artwork!

II. Evaluation:

Upon completion of the course, I appreciate your honest feedback. You may fill out a Course Evaluation here: Survey Monkey Evaluation Form

III. Links:

Make your own color experiments using the Joseph Albers, Interaction of Color App:

More about J.M.W. TURNER, from the Tate website:

  1. “Want to Paint a Blue Rigi?”
  2. “Veils of Perfection” 
  3. “Draughtsman and Watercolorist”

Watercolor examples from Disney Production Designer, HANS BACHER’S animation blog:

More about Disney Production Designer, TYRUS WONG:

  1. The Art of Tyrus Wong
  2. How ‘Bambi’ Got Its Look From 1,000-Year-Old Chinese Art
  3. Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106

A resource:


Where do artistic-grade pigments come from?

Color of Art Pigment Database