Watercolor Tutorials and Watercolor Paintings

Urban Sketching Workshop Three Sundays In June
All 3 Classes: $150 • Single Day Workshop: $50
June 4, 11 & 25
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(July-August dates TBA)

Places where we live, work, and play are fascinating subjects for drawing and painting.  Join me weekly on location this summer as I demonstrate the fundamentals of urban sketching.  Fill your sketchbook with bustling cityscapes and quiet neighborhoods.  This “how-to” workshop will teach you to capture the essence of a scene quickly at home and prepare you to record your travels.  Come with me and open new avenues of inspiration on the road.

If you are interested or have any questions email me at pendletonstudio@gmail.com

To insure your space for the June session, send your check for $150 (or $50 per workshop desired) to:

Dennis Pendleton
5220 S. Ulster Street #2119
Greenwood Village, CO.  80111

Denver Watercolor Instructor AwardI am honored to share that I recently won an Expertise award in the Best Painting & Drawing Teachers in Denver category by Expertise.com. I was selected as one of the top 10 teachers they selected for the award.

I love teaching Watercolor Classes and Workshops in Denver, Taos and beyond.

Here’s Expertise.com’s review:

“Dennis Pendleton Studio brings a lifetime of experience to painting and drawing lessons in the Denver area. He specializes in teaching people how to paint watercolors, and watercolor classes and workshops are available all year long. The instructor also has numerous online tutorials available for purchase for beginners as well as advanced painters, with topics such as how to select watercolors, proper supplies, mixing colors, creating shapes and edges, brush strokes, and various techniques. Individuals interested in scheduling a private lesson or workshop can contact the studio directly on its website, and people can also view some of the teacher’s recent work online as well. Interested students can sign up for his blog on his website and can sign up for a mailing list for classes and workshops by visiting www.dennispendletonstudio.com.”

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Below is a screenshot of the award page:

Best Watercolor Teacher in Denver

My name is Dennis Pendleton, and I teach watercolor classes in Denver, Colorado. I love teaching Watercolor Classes and Watercolor Workshops in Denver, Taos and the world!

Check out my current Watercolor classes here »
Check out my online Watercolor tutorials »

I was proud to have recently won an teaching award, here’s Expertise.com’s recent review:

“Dennis Pendleton Studio brings a lifetime of experience to painting and drawing lessons in the Denver area. He specializes in teaching people how to paint watercolors, and watercolor classes and workshops are available all year long. The instructor also has numerous online tutorials available for purchase for beginners as well as advanced painters, with topics such as how to select watercolors, proper supplies, mixing colors, creating shapes and edges, brush strokes, and various techniques. Individuals interested in scheduling a private lesson or workshop can contact the studio directly on its website, and people can also view some of the teacher’s recent work online as well. Interested students can sign up for his blog on his website and can sign up for a mailing list for classes and workshops by visiting www.dennispendletonstudio.com.”

 

Plein air painting, painting outdoors on location, is one of my favorite things and I did this painting during a workshop in Tuscany Italy.  The weather was perfect for the entire workshop and scenes like this were everywhere.  As a demonstration, I talked about this painting in terms of middle ground, back ground, and foreground.  The gray and blue hills are the background, the area with the house and cyprus trees is the middle ground and the green hills with the garden are the foreground.  In landscape painting the middle ground often contains the most interest with a big value range, more details, warm and cool colors, and different ways to direct the viewers eye.  The large gray hills on the left and the dark values at their base are used to balance the painting so that the house and cyprus trees don’t tip the painting to the right.  I will be posting more plein air paintings on my blog and starting in May I will be teaching an Urban Sketchers Workshop here in Denver where we will be doing lots of plein air painting.  If you would like information on the workshop send me an email to pendletonstudio@gmail.com

I am happy to announce that my blog was just chosen as one of the top 40 watercolor blogs on the Worldwide Web.  This came as a delightful surprise and I even checked with my computer expert to make sure the award is legitimate.  It’s nice to know that people are finding my website and blog.

This painting is one that I had been thinking about for a long time and the title Midnight In The Artists Garden refers to the garden in my mind rather than a specific location.  I had been dreaming about a painting where large sunflowers towered over smaller ones and I actually found a version of this growing in a schoolyard near my studio.  It is 40×60 inches and part of a large floral series that I have been working on for several years.  I painted the two large sunflowers and then let my imagination take over as I completed the rest of the painting.  To counter the hot colors in the sunflowers I used lots of cooler colors in the background and the darkest darks are indigo, one of my favorite rich darks.  At its darkest Indigo is still a rich deep blue that I love to use to offset other colors.  For me this painting has a lot of mysterious symbolism and I hope it stimulates the viewers imagination.

“Midnight In The Artists Garden”
Watercolor, 40×60″, SOLD

Painting on location is one of my favorite things to do.  I came across this scene in the Elk River Valley in Steamboat Springs Colorado.  The ski mountains made an interesting backdrop for this ranch and the new hay bails were perfect.  When I discovered this location it was getting late so I only did my drawing with the idea that I could return the next day to paint.  This is always risky because the weather can be completely different but I was in luck when I returned and the weather and the sunlight were just what I hoped for.  I usually work rather small when painting on location because of the changing light and this painting is 6×8 inches.  Color temperature is a very useful tool when painting landscapes and I used cooler shades of green for the distant mountains and then used warmer greens for the trees in the middle ground where the ranch buildings are located.  The warm hay bails and grasses in the foreground helped that area come forward in the painting.  I will be teaching a painting workshop in Steamboat Springs this summer and I look forward to going home again.  If you would like further information on the workshop send me an email.

 

The west coast of Mexico is a wonderful place to paint with rock formations jutting out of the water and areas where the jungle comes right down to the beach.  I painted the distant hills while the sky color was still wet so that the colors would blend together and the hills would get lost in the mist.  The closer hills were painted with warmer colors and then the rock formations were painted with different violets and earth tones and some of the colors were allowed to mix on the paper.  When I painted the water I decided to not do any drawing but simply went in with brush and paint and worked for a sense of rhythm and movement while leaving white paper to represent the foam.  After adding a few darker blues and greens I stopped.  Learning when to stop is one of the hardest things about watercolor painting and lots of paintings have been ruined because the artist kept going and added to many details.  I had a limited time on this painting because we were headed down the beach to a cafe that serves the most delicious blueberry pancakes.  So far it has been a fairly mild winter in Denver but I am dreaming of the beaches in Mexico and blueberry pancakes.

As I sit here in my studio posting this blog it is 5 degrees outside and I am dreaming of spring when flowers will bloom and the days will be nice and warm.  I painted this in the summer when the hollyhocks were full grown and the days were long and full of warm sunshine.  It is part of an ongoing series of large florals that I have been working on for several years.  It is 40×60 and I included myself in the photo to give a visual image of the size.  Working on a watercolor this size presents special problems like the paper warping and the colors running together so I allow the medium to take over and work with the flowing colors.  By concentrating on colors, values, shapes, and edges and allowing the water and paint to do some of the work I come up with passages that I could not have predicted.  The more I work with what is happening rather than trying to control everything the more exciting the process.  The belief that watercolor cannot be corrected is a myth and there are several areas in this painting that I wiped out and painted over.  I can hardly wait until this summer when I can go to Denver Botanic Gardens and be surrounded by flowers.

 

This is the view from the walking bridge in Paris that connects the left bank with the right bank.  Parisians actually live in these old barges and have made them into wonderful homes right in the middle of Paris.  They have the right to live there as long as the boats remain docked and are not used for traffic on the river.  This is one of my favorite painting spots in Paris, not only for the beautiful view but because there is only foot traffic on the bridge.  It is a favorite hangout for art students and always a lively and fun locale.  This is a studio painting because I wanted to take a long time on the drawing and work in a larger size.  The cast shadows from the trees, movement in the water, all the details in the boats, and the distant bridge and city scape were pretty overwhelming but I did do some small drawings and color studies on location.  When I look at this painting now I can still remember all the details and things I left out to make the painting more readable.  When I start the earliest drawings I am always looking for details which I don’t consider essential for the overall composition so I can eliminate them.

“Barges On The Seine, Paris”
Watercolor SOLD