Our demonstrator for April was "Fritz" Kubitz, who presented a watercolor painting demonstration.
The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday April 8th, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
We have some photographs of the event in case you could not make it there in person. You can click on any of the images on this page to view a larger version of it. Then, use the Back button on your browser to return to this page.
We set up the mirror so that the audience could see the
painting while Fritz worked on it horizontally on the table.
He masks of the white areas using packing tape instead of frisket.
The packing tape is transparent so he can see the drawing through it.
Here Fritz has put in the sky and started adding the water.
You can see in the reflection how wet the paper is.
I have zoomed in on the mirror to get a better view of the painting.
The foreground goes in next. You can clearly see the packing tape
being used to mask off the lighthouse and the boat sails.
After the first layer of paint is on, he dries it with a hair drier.
Next, the darker colors go into the background and the foreground.
Peeling off the packing tape reveals the white of the lighthouse.
Fritz adds the details into the white area of the lighthouse.
You can see that the boat sails are still masked by the tape.
The final details go in after the last of the tape is peeled off.
Thanks to Fritz for a wonderful demo.
"Fritz" Kubitz is a professional oil and watercolor artist who paints in a bold, vigorous, personal style. He invites the viewer to look into his world and observe his impressions of traditional New England subjects. He displays in his paintings an imaginative use of natural light that translates into a luminescent quality. His compositions are dramatic and create an emotional mood. Using fresh colors, glazes, and precise brush strokes, he shows virtuosity and mastery of his chosen mediums. His representational paintings communicate visually what is on his mind. Fritz feels it is essential to the painting process to work on location, to extract the essence of a scene while "on the spot" and later develop these studies into major paintings in his Wellesley studio.
Mr. Kubitz' work is represented in the collections of many companies as well as private collections, too numerous to list here. He is the recipient of prizes and awards that attest to the excellence of his work. His paintings have been included in the American Watercolor's nationwide tour of museums and places of exhibition, and his painting, Center Harbor, New Hampshire, was published on the cover of Yankee Magazine.
He exhibits his work in galleries on Boston's Newbury Street, Wellesley, North Shore, Cape Cod, and galleries from Maine to California.
Put this date on your calendar. The subject of this demonstration will likely be the New England coast. You won't want to miss this special presentation by a very talented artist.