Friday, October 1, 2010

Media Spotlight—Watercolor 2010

Deb Festa—Watercolor

Deb Festa

When asked to share a shortcut or tip, Deb replied, “A shortcut for me would be painting from my photos that I have taken over the years. I don’t paint from memory. I sometimes use many photos for one painting. When I am painting flowers, I have fresh flowers from out of my garden or from farmers market that I look at while I am painting. I can use one flower to paint a whole painting, by moving the flower in different directions.

Deb’s favorite master of all times is Michelangelo, “The David, Pieta and the Sistine Chapel are so moving. The energy that is felt when you step into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is amazing. I have been very blessed to visit Italy and stand next to these beautiful creations.”

When asked where she likes to paint, Deb shared that she generally paints in her studio in Los Osos, California. “My studio has six windows, which give me perfect light. It is as if I were painting outside.” Deb also stated that for her, “painting is a very spiritual experience” – as a result, Deb prefers to paint alone and in total quiet.

Deb’s favorite brushes are not watercolor brushes but acrylic brushes that she uses for both Watercolor and Acrylic painting.

Deb teaches aspiring artists and gives watercolor and acrylic painting demonstrations to local groups.

Rainbow Flowers © Deb Festa
Out Exploring © Deb Festa

Nina Litvinoff—Watercolor

Nina Litvinoff

Nina Litvinoff studied art at a very early age with her father. Both could be seen sketching and painting on the Morro Bay Embarcadero, or other coastal areas, with Nina’s mother by their side. Nina later graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and obtained a credential to teach art from CSUN. Nina sketches, paints with oil, acrylic or watercolor.

A native of the Central Coast, Nina enjoys sketching subject matter on the spot, in the open air. Nina likes to sketch scenes that evoke fantasy and the whimsical in her very detailed works of ships, Coastal scenes with peaceful bays, otters and seals basking in the sun with their pups in tangles of seaweed, boats moored and Victorian homes, to mention a few.

Nina enjoys commissioned paintings, sketches or other assignments utilizing fantasy and her imagination.

Hummingbirds © Nina Litvinoff

Hope Myers—Watercolor
Hope Myers

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist’s Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

In California, Hope has extended her fine arts studies through academic classes at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, and professional workshops with Robert Reynolds, Helmuth Wegner, Kolan Peterson, Tom Lynch, and others.

Hope creates full detailed watercolor paintings, utilizing many washes of paint to emanate bold, rich color. Hope is noted for her imaginative and colorful depictions of animals, from her quail series, to the floral and local Central Coast, scenes.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty
of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives

Untitled© Hope Myers
Sunflowers© Hope Myers

Ardella Swanberg—Watercolor
Ardella Swanberg

Of all the media I have studied, I love watercolor best. I started using watercolor when I was a freshman in high school and the art teacher told the class, “Well, it takes twenty years to become proficient with watercolor.” I thought at that moment, “I better get started!” Watercolor intrigues me because of the brightness of the colors and the way they mix on the paper which is an entirely different effect from any other medium. In the time since I graduated from college, I have experimented with print making, oil painting, and weaving but I always come back to watercolor. I was astounded when I took my first watercolor workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I had been painting all my life but never knew anything about quality paper and paint. It is amazing how much better you paint when you buy fine quality supplies. Now, I am careful to select the most permanent paints, the most stable paper and archival matting and framing.

Scottie’s Castle © Ardella Swanberg
Arial © Ardella Swanberg

Susan Wood—Watercolor
Susan Wood

I grew up in Italy and New York City with artist parents, and graduated from the Boston University School of Fine Arts with classical training in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Seven years ago I settled in Morro Bay after spending almost a year traveling in Europe and across the United States. I opened up my life to new creativity after many years of work and raising a family. Although I majored in sculpture, I found a new delight in watercolors, inspired by the beauty of the Central Coast.

My watercolors are of local scenes and done outside, on location. I try to capture the energy and the essence of the setting, rather than be exactingly realistic. Working outside has its challenges—wind, temperature, light, and the tide are constantly changing. I feel my most successful paintings have a quality of spontaneity and freshness that watercolor is so suitable for.

Estero Bluffs © Susan Wood
Bluffs © Susan Wood