December 2007 Demonstration

Our demonstrator for December was Paula Beaulieu. She presented a watercolor landscape demonstration.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday December 12th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

Directions to the Church

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.


Paula began with two drawings on D'Arches 140 pound cold press.
She completed two viewpoints of the same scene to show
how dramtic lighting can be used in a landscape.


Here Paula is putting in the initial underpainting for
the trees. She is painting wet-in-wet to get soft edges,
allowing the colors to mix organically on the paper.
The paint and water and paper are doing the work.


In this photo, the tops of the trees have been put in.


Here, Paula has put in the underpainting for the marsh grass.
She has kept it all high key and warm up to this point.


Some shadows have been added along the edge of the water.


Paula spatters color into the marshy area of the painting.
She uses two brushes, striking one against the other.


She has put in the reflections of the trees and the sky
to indicate the water. She has added the tree trunks
using a dry-brush technique. The trees are also
indicated by scraping in the wet paint.


Finally, she put in the dark, cool colors for the shadows.
These final strokes balanced the paintings and made the
highlighted, sun-lit areas more dramatic and striking.


Here are the two paintings. This is a very nice
outcome for a couple of hours of work.

Paula Beaulieu's Bio

To learn more about Paula, you can visit her web site http://www.connectwithyourcreativity.com.

From her earliest years, Paula Beaulieu, a certified art teacher and educator, has been instilled with a love for art and an appreciation of light, color, and the subtle nuances that occur in the natural world. Through the careful tutelage and guidance of her mother, also an artist and teacher, she learned to see colors, textures, shadows, angles, lines, and geometric shapes in her surroundings that she would have missed if she had not been taught to look at the world through an artist's eye. "Acquiring that kind of perception at an early age," Paula says, "has enriched my life ... and given me an appreciation and reverence for the beauty in nature, the human form, and man-made creations."

For the past 25 years Paula has been painting almost exclusively in watercolors, but previously she has used oils and other media, including acrylic, charcoal, pen-and-ink, copper enameling, cloisonn´┐Ż, silk screening, wood carving, and printmaking. She is a member of numerous North Shore Art associations, including Rockport, Art Salem, Danvers, Peabody, and Reading, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Salem Arts Council.

She will deomonstrate her talent in a watercolor landscape at the December meeting. "I love the translucency and fluidness of watercolor," Paula said, "and am fascinated with observing and creating skies and water reflections."

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