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Water+Color without Worry - Portland Workshop

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November 6, 2021
November 7, 2021
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

This workshop takes place in Portland at the Sitka Art Invitational.

Create a watery landscape using simple shapes, textures and veils of luminous color. Join master artist Ruth Armitage to learn how to create rich washes and textured layers using watercolors and a large hake brush on yupo paper. 

You’ll explore waterscapes that carry mindfulness of the planet’s need for clean and abundant water sources. Ruth will cover color harmonies, values and the possibilities for quick changes with this versatile and expressive medium. All levels welcome.

About the Instructor(s)

Abstract painter Ruth Armitage has been honored with signature status in the National Watercolor Society and many regional groups. She divides her painting time between watercolor, acrylic and oils. Ruth's work has been featured on OPB's "Oregon Art Beat" and has been exhibited and published nationally. Recently, Ruth’s work was featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine. You’ll find Ruth’s work locally at the Portland Art Museum's Rental Sales Gallery, Freed Gallery and Earthworks. A former high school teacher, Ruth enjoys sharing art and inspiration in the classroom. Students enjoy her organized and creative approach to teaching.

Materials List: Students Bring

Paper: 2-3 sheets heavy weight Yupo paper, sized 20x26"

Paint: Watercolor pigments in the following hues or similar. Professional quality only, please. Good brands include Winsor & Newton, Holbein, Sennelier, American Journey, DaVinci. Different brands may have different names for the same pigment. If you already have paints, bring the tubes as well as your palette.

Golden brand Titanium White High Flow Acrylic

Cobalt Blue (not hue)

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Blue

Phthalo Green

Naples Yellow

Indian Yellow

Brown Madder Quinacridone

Thioindigo or Dioxazine Violet

Permanent (or Quinacridone) Rose

Cadmium Scarlet

Raw or Burnt Umber

Winsor & Newton Designer’s White Gouache

Brushes: 2-3" Hake Brush like this or similar:

Round and Flat watercolor brushes - synthetic are fine:

1" flat, a #10 or #12 round and a #4 or #6 round

2-3 foam sponge rollers like this or similar:


• Large Water Container

• Cotton Rag (don’t use fabric softener)

• Small spray bottle for water

• Apron

• Drawings, sketches & reference photos of water

• Sketchbook, pencil & eraser

• Brush Tip black marker such as Pitt Artist Pen or Tombow

• Artist’s Tape 1" wide

• Palette

• 3-4 small cottage cheese containers or similar

• Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge

• Small container of rubbing alcohol

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

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