Watercolor in Paoli

I joined Nancy Macgregor for a last fling with outdoor painting before my Fall schedule hits.  The class was in Paoli, WI along a river next to the Creamery cafe and several art galleries.  I was intrigued by the s-curve of the Sugar  River and how it caught the light of the sky.  I was working on varying greens as well

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Travelling with Watercolor

Here are some works from a travelling class with Nancy Macgregor.  We were in the garden at the Madison Christian Community on a sunny but cloudy day. Then we were at the Memorial Union on a grey and rainy day.  But we found a canopy over the bandstand for outside painting, while some chose to paint inside.  So here is life and its imitation.  and because it is two weeks away another clip of the Bridges Class poster.

10 Reasons to take The Bridges Class

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  1. Admit it, you could use time to enjoy the out of doors.
  2. We have a rain plan.
  3. Mention this class at Lynns of Madison and she will give you a discount on supplies (5928 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719)
  4. Nancy Macgregor is a gifted artist and instructor.
  5. You don’t need to know anything about painting to join the class.
  6. You will learn something about observing and keeping a journal.
  7. Every day it is different along the Yahara.
  8. There is wildlife to observe there.
  9. Meet some nice people.
  10. Bridges are interesting to paint.

contact Dave Carlson at twobookretreats@gmail.com to inquire or register.  See poster and registration here.

Taking a class

Taking a class

I’ve been taking a class with Nancy Macgregor on “a bold approach” to watercolor.   We have worked on a few assignments.  Some has been fun, some frustrating, but all of it an adventure into the worlds of color and composition.  Below are some photos.  The students will be hanging an exhibit at the Madison Christian Community on Old Sauk Road in Madison  – this is a unique location where two congregations share a building.  I will be joining the fun as the amatuerist of amateurs.

At the Jennifer Bridge – week 5

We had perfect weather to face the challenge of the Jennifer Street Bridge. This is a pedestrian bridge.  We encountered pedestrians, fisherman, boats, kayaks, ducks, jumping fish, birds and a muskrat in the water.

Week Four – Willy Street Bridge

We will be at the convergence of the Yahara River and Willy Street, where there are actually two bridges, the auto bridge and a rail road bridge converted to bike and pedestrian use.  We are close to Bethany Church, and there is a fun story there.  The train for years went by the church and over the RR bridges just as the pastor was finishing up the message each and every week.