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Keene Wilson

Photo of Keene WilsonWe are sad to post that Keene Wilson passed away on September 17, 2018.  Keene was an attentive, conscientious and talented artist/teacher in water color, drawing and oil painting. He will be missed at  The Art Studio.


Introducing a different approach to watercolor painting instruction that emphasizes design within harmonious color relationships for a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, city scapes, still life, and figurative. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate/advanced artist, learn the techniques that will enable you to capture the liveliness and freshness that only watercolors can give. This class is open to all levels.

Students of all levels will learn to transform their initial inspirations into well-drawn and strongly designed, transparent watercolor paintings. Lectures, demos, critiques and individual instruction will guide students along their personal artistic journey by learning about color, design, drawing and watercolor processes by using value studies, color studies and other techniques.

Materials List

Beginning Students:

  • Watercolor pigment (avoid “student grade” pigments)
    • Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue
    • Aureolin Yellow or Nickle Azo Yellow, Yellow Ochre,
    • Permanent Rose, a warm red such as Winsor Red and either Quinacridone Burnt Orange or Burnt Sienna
  • Watercolor palette
  • Watercolor brushes (synthetic brushes are perfectly fine and much cheaper)
    • (minimally a 1” or larger flat and a #12 or larger round; )
  • Water container(s), paper towels (or an old towel), artists tape
  • You will also need a flat portable waterproof surface upon which to paint and many artists (not me) like to use a tabletop easel.
  • 9” x 12” cold press watercolor pad(s), 18″ x 24″ cold press watercolor pad,
  • 18″ x 24″ sketch pad and pencil.

More advanced students: may use whatever supplies they already have, but including vine charcoal as well as both 9” x 12” watercolor paper (for most studies and exercises) and larger drawing and watercolor pads (e.g. 18” x 24”; for occasional classes involving multiple quick sketches and paintings).

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Example of Keene’s Class Presentation and Homework

Here are the reference photos from today’s exercise.  so I’ve included a photo of that stage from the painting I did at home.

 Above paintings by Dean Crouser.

Demo photos of the earlier step(s) done in class.

Upcoming Class Project

Also, below is the reference photo for next week’s painting along with my (Photoshopped and posterized) tracing indicating one version of the structure (remember symmetry) and shading in 3 values. Draw it at home if you prefer but be sure to include enough structure and shadows so you know what to paint, even if loosely. Notice how overly clear the structure is in three values. In a way, this is what gives you the freedom to be loose – by hinting at enough that the viewer sees what you want them to see. The darks lights and mid-tones are where they need to be, usually, not always, enough, but barely.