This past weekend seemed like non-stop action during our YUPO workshop here at my studio. Every artist showed up early on Saturday morning ready to discover what they could create on that slick YUPO paper. We started with Fluid Acrylics, diluted just enough to look exactly like transparent watercolors. It was so much fun sharing the awesome possibilities and numerous techniques with the work shoppers, and then seeing their amazing results.

The studio was packed to the gills, even the 'head of the class' area was full. Still, everyone had plenty of space to explore how to handle the paint, whether it was really wet or very dry.

Sunday was another full day of painting, and we added Transparent Watercolors to the process, along with some short demos of ways to apply a few other mediums. The next YUPO workshop here will be May 1 & 2, and I'll be using only Fluid Acrylics during the demos. Because the fluid acrylics can be cumbersome to transport, especially by plane, I share my Fluid Acrylic colors as we work our way through the workshop.

The painting shown is a work in progress, done as a demo during this workshop, using fluid acrylics as well as Caran d'Ache crayons, watercolor pencil, and a bit of charcoal. It's about half finished at this point, and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'm loving it so far.

If you're in northwestern Ohio, there will also be a three day YUPO workshop near Lima in early June, plus another five day workshop in Dallas, Texas, in late August. Each will include instruction about the advantages of using fluid acrylics on YUPO. If you're interested, check out the right hand side bar for more info about the upcoming workshops.

Happy painting!


Christiane Kingsley said...

Oh, the lucky workshop participants!What a great inspiring weekend they must have had.

Dawn said...

I wish I lived closer. Please update us on your painting when it is done, cant wait!

Teresa said...

Wish I could be there, that room looks like paradise Sandy!

Mary Sonya Conti said...

Was one of the lucky ones who attended this workshop. Sandy, you should announce a "fear factor" to your workshops. How many times did I gasp when you went into the work with bold strokes and the addition of other elements that absolutely CHANGED the work. While watched it develop and alter on the Yupo before our eyes settled back with amazement at the turn the work took. Well worth the time spent in your studio learning the various techniques. More so the handouts you generously shared with us (am seeing the SHAPES now) and working on turning the image over and developing it in my own eye. Thank you so much!

Ann Buckner said...

It is a good thing St. Patrick's Day is coming next month because I'm green with envy of those attending your workshops. I just love the textures you create not to mention the color melding and transitions in your work.