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Joyce Hicks “Transforming the Landscape in Watercolor” Aug. 13-16

Joyce Hicks
Transforming the Landscape in Watercolor
Aug 13th-16, 2013 9:30-4:00 pm


“My wish is to connect with the landscape in an intimate and personal way. My purpose is to celebrate it with brush and paint in hope that the joy I feel will also be felt by those who view my work.”
Secure your spot in this workshop with your deposit (non refundable, non transferable) of $75. Call the Artists’ Showplace gallery at 972-233-1223 theartistsshowplace.com shubhangimantri@hotmail.com


Joyce is an award winning artist who holds Signature Status Membership in the American Watercolor Society. She is self-taught and finds her inspiration in the landscape. Her work has been widely published and most recently appeared in the pages of the popular Splash 12, 13 and 15 books, Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffmann and the new Art Journey America: Landscapes Coffee Table Book. Her painting “Out Santa Rosa Creek Road” was chosen by Watercolor Artist Magazine for the cover of their April 2011 issue which also included a full length feature story about her work and travel. Her latest accomplishment is a Fine Art Book she is currently writing for North Light Books scheduled for publication in 2013.

She continues to travel frequently in search of beautiful places to paint and enjoys conducting watercolor workshops, giving gallery talks, demonstrations and juroring watercolor exhibitions across the USA. Her passion is to share and teach others how they too can transform ordinary landscapes into extraordinary ones using her simple techniques and watercolor principles.



Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. I teach simple easy to learn methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You learn from clear explanations about the reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from step by step demonstrations. You learn to distill and process scenes from inspiration to finished work of art becoming more comfortable with the medium in the process. Once technical aspects of watercolor have been mastered you too will begin to paint from that sacred place that resides within each of us.

“I bring my passion and love for teaching to inspire and motivate in a fun, fast-paced workshop.”


Following are a few of the topics covered in the workshop.

  • ·    learn how to use atmospheric perspective in the landscape
  • ·    learn how to simplify and streamline scenes
  • ·    begin working towards personal style by developing a visual language
  • ·    learn important steps for building strong compositions
  • ·    learn how to paint “relationships” instead of “things”
  • ·    learn important design principles that lead to exciting paintings
  • ·    work with photographs, sketch books and color studies
  • ·    learn planning strategies that will allow you to paint with confidence
  • ·    daily lectures and demonstrations lots of one-on-one  instruction

Watercolor Workshop Supply List
Please Note:  I have listed the watercolor pigments and brushes I use to create my paintings but do not suggest you spend money to replicate my materials. Please feel free to bring the pigments you already have along with round brushes in small, medium and large sizes as well as a liner brush and a palette knife.
Sketch pad
Soft lead pencil, sharpener and eraser

Hard support like Gator Board to hold watercolor paper (not necessary for watercolor blocks)
Watercolor palette
Water container
Masking tape
Black marker pen
Paper towels and/or tissues
Small palette knife like used for oil painting (I use one in every painting)
Several favorite photographs (your own) to use as inspiration but not to paint from. Print out a couple of the photos in light black and white on plain computer paper for compositional purposes.
Arches watercolor paper in 8×10 or 9×12 for studies and 12×16 or 16×20 for final work
Arches watercolor blocks in various sizes are great! I really like using blocks
Princeton Synthetic Sable Brushes 4050 Round Series:  #6, 8, 10, 12
Princeton Synthetic Sable Brushes 4050 Liner Series:  #2, 4
Da Vinci Watercolor Paint: Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Vermillion, Benzimida Orange, Hansa Yellow Light, Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Manganese Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue Viridian and Prussian Blue

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