October Demo 2002

Integrated Watercolor Demonstration

Crist Filer

Crist gave a demonstration of his watercolor techniques. He uses many layers of washes, both wet-in-wet and wet on dry to create the effects in his art.

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This is a photo of the setup for the demo.
Notice that we set up the mirror so the audience could see the artwork on the table.


Leo introduced Crist and told us about his artwork and his history. The bio information is included at the bottom of this page.


Here Crist (right) discusses one of the supplies he uses when painting, Rags in a Box.


This self-taught artist works mainly in watercolor and pencil. Crist Filer has been juried into 100 regional and national art shows and won 46 awards for his work, including five Grumbacher Gold Medals. His work, both representational and abstract, is in numerous private collections as well as at Boston University. He is a past Vice President of the Cambridge Art Association and belongs to several local art groups, including Reading Art Association, Concord Art Association, Winthrop Art Association, and the Framingham Artists Guild. He is currently the President of the New England Watercolor Society, where he is a Signature Member.

With his abstract art strongly influenced by his scientific training, Filer received his B.S. in Chemistry from Trinity College, Harford, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from M. I. T. He has authored many book reviews and presented numerous talks in his field here and abroad.

In his presentations, Filer likes to blend a well-balanced amount of both explanation and audience discussion as well as have a hands-on watercolor demonstration. Crist will explain the unique way he came to art. He will explain his observations and views on auditing one's strengths and weaknesses, finding a niche area in art, image and design selection, and other topics. Filer will bring several of his current works, including examples of his well-received Koi and Feng Shui series of watercolors that he's been working on this past year.

Using his multi-wash method of painting, any chance of completing a watercolor for the demonstration is hopeless. However, to illustrate the progressive way he accomplishes the Koi fish rising through a dark azure pond, he will bring some design elements of a single Koi fish in various stages of completion. Working on each paper in tandem succession, he will demonstrate to the audience the techniques used to achieve the end result.

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