Matlacha Plein Air Watercolor Workshops

 international watercolor artists Roy Fuller

         Big Brush Wet In Wet Workshop In Matlacha Florida

   Roy John Fuller, a local Matlacha Florida watercolor artist, did a 1/2 day wet in wet En Plein Air watercolor workshop for Claire Wiley, Disney's Senior Designer Walt Disney Imagineering and Nick Farrantello, Concept Designer for Universal Studios on location at Galt Island Preserve, one of Southwest Florida's Nature Preserves, near the famous small art village of Matlacha, Florida on Saturday.

   “Roy is an amazing teacher and artist. I really enjoyed his class and learned a lot. I love his painting style. Roy has a lot of knowledge and therefore has a lot to teach. I would love to be able to take more of his classes, especially the week long one. I was impressed by how much I learned in one day.” Claire A. Wiley, Senior Designer Walt Disney Imagineering Orlando  



                    Matlacha Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

   "It was a cool overcast July day and we had to deal with some extreme wind generated by a local storm squall common this time of year. Other than having to temporarily hold down our easels from blowing over and some no-see-ums later in the afternoon, it was a beautiful day for watercolor painting. Since we were doing a Plein Air style watercolor workshop the wind did have a tendency to dry the watercolor paper faster than usual."

    Claire and Nick each painted a beautiful Seascape watercolor painting during the workshop.


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                                                        Claire and Nick painting their first seascape




                                                     Claire and Nick painting their second seascape




                                              Claire Wiley's Beautiful Seascape Watercolor Painting



                                            Nick Farrantello's Beautiful Seascape Watercolor Painting



                                                Workshop Painting Critiques:

   Claire's seascape painting was transparent, loose, fresh and her reflections really popped. Nick's painting demonstrated gradation in the sky, the beach, the ocean and the foliage. Nick's seascape painting was a very interesting and a unique watercolor painting. The use of many of the art design concepts we discussed were obvious in both of their paintings." Roy John Fuller

                                      Roy's Workshop Comments:

   "My love of drawing and watercolors go back to my childhood days in Virginia when I would watch Walt Disney draw his famous cartoon characters on an easel and then they would come to life on the TV screen. I learned how to draw by drawing Disney cartoon characters. I always wanted to be a cartoonist but my parents wanted me to be an engineer. So I was excited about doing this workshop with Claire and Nick. I was very pleased with both of their paintings." Roy John Fuller



                                                      Roy's Workshop Seascape Painting Below


       FREE Art Design Lessons For Seascapes / Seascapes

       * These art design concepts apply to all mediums including oils, pastels, acrylics, mixed mediums, pencil drawings, watercolors and photography.


     1).   You need to select a value pattern group for your watercolor painting. There are several but you only need a couple different value patterns to do hundred's of watercolor paintings. So pick one or two you like and stick with then for a while. Then do a Value Sketch based on your value pattern and determine where the center of interest (COI) and your shapes will be located. Plan for the greatest contrast in this area. The COI is also a great area to plan for your brightest colors and value differences. Determine the shapes and shape values you want in your painting and indicate them on your value sketch. Use interlocking edges, and oblique thrust on your shapes and determine where your mid, dark and light value areas will be.

     2).    Sketch your drawing on your watercolor paper remembering to use proper perspective and a good design composition. Plan your watercolor painting utilizing only three basic values of dark values, medium values and light values. Your medium values need to be dominant and should cover the entire sheet of water color paper from corner to corner.  Plan to save some white areas as there is no transparent white watercolor paints. Make sure your white areas and other shapes have two different dimensions, interlocking edges and an oblique thrust. These white areas are critical to a successful watercolor painting. Wet both sides completely until they are soaked or wet an area such as the sky. Either stretch the paper beforehand or add clamps on the sides of your backboard to hold the paper as it dries and shrinks if you are painting on a full sheet of watercolor paper. This will stretch the paper as you paint. The paper will dry in 12 to 15 minutes.

     3).    Paint the sky area using variety and gradation and start adding foliage to your middle ground. Use fresh paint each time you pick up paint from the pallet to keep the colors glowing as they mix. Also do your mixing on the paper. Put one color say yellow on the wet paper and then add blue and watch the green colors explode on the wet paper. This is a very exciting painting method.

     4).   Change the color often to add variety in color. Doesn't matter what color, just something different.

     5).    Now paint your large dark shape using symbols for trees, rocks, buildings, etc. Use interlocking edges, an oblique thrust and two different dimensions on the large dark shape. Never paint what you see, unless it's a landmark and needs to be painted that way for recognition. Discard 90 % of what you see and only paint 10%. A watercolor paintings needs to have an abstract quality. Develop your own set of symbols for things. This will make you unique as an artist. Be sure to vary the size, color and value of your shapes and symbols. Use three sizes of shapes such as small, medium and large for variety when paint trees, rocks, buildings. You don't need a dozen trees, just three. One large, one medium and one small. vary the sizes, heights, color, value, widths and spacing between the three trees.

     6).    Now paint the ocean with a minimum number of brush strokes incorporating cooler colors in the distance and warmer colors in the foreground. The water should be done in the fewest number of brush strokes possible. Three to five strokes for an ocean!  

     7).    By now the paper is dry and all you need to do is add the foreground foliage, the palm fronds and you are finished.

      Roy's watercolors are created using the basic principles and elements of design in art. Principles such alternation, balance, contrast, dominanceharmony, unity, gradation. Elements such as color, line, action or direction, shape, size, texture and value. Using pattern groups, perspective, varietycomposition, value sketches and symbols will help you paint better looking and more interesting watercolors.

     These design elements and principles apply to all art mediums such as oils, acrylics, pencil, pastels, and mixed mediums, not just watercolors. Beginners and experienced artists will benefit by adopting these principles and elements of design.

    For more details on the Principles & Elements of art design visit Roy's: Principles Of Art Design & Elements Of Art Design. Below is an example of using these Principles and elements of design in your paintings.

                      Transparent, Translucent, Fresh & Spontaneous Watercolors




              Wet In Wet Watercolor Workshops By Roy John Fuller

    international watercolor artists Roy Fuller

                  Roy offers 1/2 day to 5 day watercolor workshops internationally.

   Roy is the founder of showcasing articles on many of today's top international watercolor artists. He is a native of Virginia and has lived in the Matlacha, Florida area for the past 28 years. Roy's watercolor workshops are focused on the principles and elements of design. Principles like alternation, balance, contrast, dominanceharmony, unity, gradation. Elements like color, line, action or direction, shape, size, texture and value. Using pattern groups, perspective, composition, value sketches and symbols will help you paint better looking and more interesting watercolors. These design concepts also apply to oils, acrylics and mixed mediums.





"Students are often surprised at the small details visible using this watercolor painting method especially considering they are completed entirely with big 2 inch & 3 inch paint brushes, but it's the method of watercolor painting that creates all the little details that doesn't seem possible with big brushes." Roy John Fuller

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                                                                         Roy's Wet In Wet Watercolor workshops

                                        Roy offers 1/2 day, Full day, 3 day & 5 day Watercolor Workshops Internationally.

                                                              * Corporate and Private Workshops Available Also!

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          Artist's Comments On Roy John Fuller's Method Of "Watercolor Painting:

 Frank Webb - "Roy Fuller's watercolor works exude a freshness born of great speed. This fleetness of touch can only be made when the painter's mark is sure and with a conviction of the shape to be made with a minimum of adjustments."

 Sterling Edwards - "Roy's work is very nice...loose, fresh, and clean!"

 Leslie Ruth - "Your work is wonderful and "refreshing". You capture the true essence of the medium."

 Judy Champion - ".....Very impressive!"

 Ron Bigony - "Really like your watercolors, the colors are so pure and transparent."

 William Maurer  -  “Good extemporaneous use of color and wet technique…..” 

Lynda Simonetti - "Love the Colors! Great work. I have always drawn and oil painted and never thought I would like watercolor because to me it is not a controllable medium. I was wrong :) I LOVE watercolor because it IS uncontrollable and I can just ‘let it go’."



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