March 2008 Demonstration

Our demonstrator for March was Jack Haran. Jack painted a watercolor street scene.

The meeting was held in the Guild Hall, First Congregational Church (middle side door), Sanborn Street, Reading, Wednesday March 12th, 2008 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.


We set up the mirror for Jack's demo. Here you can see his setup.
Jack uses a limited pallette of about 15 colors. His brush is a "mop".
Jack worked from a digital photo so he could crop it and do his
studies on the computer. He is showing the studies in the photo.

Light Wash

He painted the picture in two washes, a light wash and then a darker wash.
In the photo you can see that he has started the lighter wash.

Dark Wash

In this photo he has put in the darker wash. He says that he likes
the mop brush because it holds a lot of water to keep the paint flowing.


Next, some darker details go in to define the objects in the painting.
The secret to a good watercolor painting is getting the values correct.

More Details

Some more details are in the painting. Jack shows us his brushes.


He paints a dark area behind the figure holding the umbrella. There is a figure
in the painting with a red umbrella, although it is difficult to see in the photo.


More details.


Jack strokes in some paint to indicate the cobblestones in the street.


Here is the finished painting. You can see the figure with
the umbrella strolling on the right hand side of the painting.

Jack Haran's Bio

Jack Haran will stress the composition of the piece he demonstrates in watercolor, which will probably be a landscape from a photograph. He will show a preliminary value sketch of the subject, emphasizing the large shapes making up the composition, and will then try to replicate the composition in a painting.

Jack has a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts from Northeastern. He also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and with Tony Van Hasselt and Judi Wagner; Zygmond Jankowski; John Kilroy; and Alvaro Castagnet. During the past 15 years Jack has exhibited in a number of solo, group, and juried shows, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has won many awards. He is affiliated with the New England Watercolor Society, the North River Arts Society, Duxbury Art Association, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and Cape Cod Art Association. His works are in collections at Georgetown University in Italy as well as at the Cultural Museum in Uruguay.

Jack states that for him, "Art is a constant educational process....The discovery of the interaction of colors, the beauty of a line, the satisfaction of a fine graphic composition, the feeling of deep space on a two-dimensional surface, none of which existed a few minutes ago, is thrilling."

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