Watercolor Sketchbooks

Posted on: March 9th, 2013 by jmbroekman 5 Comments
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Watercolor Sketchbook Class at MECA

I am taking a class at the Maine College of Art this term, with extraordinary artist/teacher/coach Judy LaBrasca. Watercolors have never been my forte and I have always admired artists who make it look so easy. Needless to say the class has been challenging, invigorating, and in general a humbling eye-opener. Below are examples of some of my more successful attempts at light airy watercolor sketches – something that is in many ways completely at odds with the way I “normally” work. In order to get there, I had to refer back to Italy – in particular the colors of Foligno (this was an assignment about memory involving color) – the first two below, and Colfiorito – a place that begs to be sketched in watercolor, and are the bottom row below and at left.

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5 Responses

  1. amy says:

    Looks great Jessyca, and also looks like you are having some fun.
    Love your color!
    Hope the rest of the semester is truly inspirational and rewarding for you.

    • jmbroekman says:

      Thanks Amy, it’s always the color that gets me going, isn’t it? I must admit, though, that as the semester goes on, the challenges become greater and greater. That’s a good thing, right?!

  2. Ellen says:

    Successful indeed! And how wonderful to be under Judy’s instruction. Looking forward to seeing how you evolve as a watercolorist.

    • jmbroekman says:

      Thanks, Ellen – but, haha – evolve as a watercolorist. I think I’m going to need about 3 more lifetimes before I can refer to myself as a watercolorist. Do you know Judy? She is a terrific and generous teacher with such a kind-hearted manner. It is delightful to be learning from her.

  3. dan says:

    good for you, Jessyca. Can’t wait to see the results of your latest artistic adventure