How fortunate to have had the opportunity to take a watercolor workshop from Tom Hoffmann, a local Seattle artist and teacher. I love his paintings — click on this link to see some images of his work. One can learn so much simply from observing a master at work. During his demos, Tom shared his thinking processes as he approached the blank page. It is a revelation to begin to see like an artist; Tom was thinking about values (lights and darks), wetness, the softness or hardness of edges, color, and composition (major shapes and balance). He tried to articulate what was the important thing about what he was preparing to paint. Why was he drawn to paint this particular scene?
The process of painting landscapes was a joy and a challenge and an endless source of creative frustration (not quite right; how can I fix this mess . . .). I felt that I have overcome my stumbling block to painting landscapes and using larger pieces of paper (even 8″ x 10″ is larger than I normally work). The wide, flat brushes that Tom favors are a key to his kind of painting. I could grow to love those brushes!
We painted for about 6 hours each day at sites around the small town of Dayton, Washington. Here are a few of my paintings from the workshop: