Catherine Hillis Studios, Catherine Hillis Studios
Catherine Hillis has painted all her life, winning awards at competitive shows regionally and nationally. She paints primarily in watercolors, including busy street scenes, colorful florals, and her favorite, the historic sites near her home on the Blue Ridge. She has painted all over the world and was awarded a grant to paint in Dinan, FR during July, 2007.
Mrs. Hillis' work has been included in American Artist Magazine, Best of American Watercolors, 2007, Best of Virginia Artists and Artisans,2006, A Purcellville Anthology. Elan' and other regional and national journals.
The artist teaches popular workshops and classes, encouraging students to see color in a new way, build strong skills and make their watercolors GLOW. Her studio is located at The Lorton Workhouse in Lorton, VA, Building Ten, #1006. If your group would like to schedule workshops, demonstrations, jurying or lectures, contact the artist at 703-431-6877 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View her work and schedule at www.catherinehillis.com.
Watercolor Painting - How to Paint Round Objects
Craft Expert Catherine Hillis discusses how to paint round objects.
Catherine Hillis: I am Catherine Hillis, and I am a Professional Watercolor Artist and I am teaching you how to paint in watercolors. Right now, I am going to show you how to use multiple glazes to bring a rounded object to life. Now as you can see, I have an apple here that I have painted. This apple has three glazes on it. These apples have one glaze. This apple also has the cast shadow painted which also helps bring it to life. What I'd like to do is wet one of these apples and paint a second glaze, so this as you can see what happens there. And with each glaze, what I am trying to do is show the additional colors that might be on the apple. I am trying to show any glow that you might see and I am also trying to bring in a little bit of the shadow contour to kind of bring that rounded object to life. So what I am going to do first, is work the wet-on-wet technique. So, I'll be wetting down the shape, evenly and I want to check in a light and be sure that that's totally wet. You know, even if I only add a little bit of yellow or rose over here, I still need to have the entire object wet and the reason is because you want the color to float seamlessly and very softly without any edges at all.
So, I am going to be looking at a apple for my subject and really trying to observe it and floating in the yellow, trying to use an economy of brush stroke and using the side of the brush. I'd like to have a paper towel, so that I can pick up the excess pigment there and you can already see that I have a lot more shape and dimension to this apple. I am going to add a little more rose now. To the apple, again you want to really observe and see what the shape is and just add a little bit of rose, okay. So, I am adding just a little bit of rose and I can also add a little bit of blue remembering that, blue and green, I am sorry, blue and yellow will make green. So wherever I add a little bit of blue or violet, I am going to be putting in some shadow for the apple. That's the darks, darker side of the apple there. That was a little too much color but I never worry, because as long as the apple object is wet, I can continually keep floating in color using the side of the brush, mixing the colors. I can also turn the paper if I need to. If you need to have the color float or move in a different direction and that's what I am doing right now, you can turn it anyway you needed to go. In this case, we are going to go back, right side up and I am going to quickly pick up a little bit of highlight. I enjoy lifting quite a bit when I am painting in watercolor. So whenever I have an area that needs a little light, I take a clean damp brush not wet but damp. And I continually pick up a little pigment and lay it on a paper towel. Pick up a little pigment here, lay it on a paper towel. So, here is the second glaze and this is an apple that's had three glazes and this is an apple that's had only one glaze. I can glaze these fruits as many times as I like to. The main secret is to be sure that you let that paper dry thoroughly between every single glaze and I would say that, that is the most important thing to do that most people forget. They might leave the paper a little bit damp but the paper cannot be even little bit damp but has to be thoroughly dry and then you can glaze as many glazes as you want to, to bring in apple, a pear or any kind of rounded object to live. I hope, I have given you some wonderful tips today to learn how to paint in watercolors. Thank you for watching!