Creativity Workshop: The Drybrush Way Responses


In the February 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist, Robert O’Brien challenged readers to apply drybrush technique to their watercolor paintings. The response was overwhelming, making this one of our most successful Creativity Workshops yet.

We are now pleased to announce that the editors’ choice and the winner of our prize (a six-month subscription to ArtistsNetwork.tv online video workshops, plus $50 worth of North Light ?ne art books) is Lee Phillips of Fountain Hills, Arizona, for the stunning drybrush landscape, McDowell Mountain Park at Noon (pictured above; watercolor on paper, 14×21).

Phillips remarks of the painting process, “This is a painting done with drybrush with the exception of the sky, which was built up with three washes. After the sky was completed, I next went to the mountains in the distance, the green trees, then the lighter and remaining plants. I rendered the ground last to bring the composition together. I use drybrush to build values such as the dark shadows on the trees and I generally work from light to dark as a result.”

Congratulations to our winner and all those who entered their work! For details about the next Creativity Workshop challenge, or to learn how to enter your work for a chance to win the prize, click here.


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