Creating lively, dynamic portraits using the core potentials of watercolor: transparency, lightness, and spontaneity.
The first “Workshops International” (online) mini workshop will be taught by artist Michael Solovyev from Montreal, Canada. Michael is often called a “sunny watercolorist” – his airy, transparent paintings look as though they emit sunlight. His traditional academic art education, extensive experience as a theater stage designer, and his career as an oil painter have informed his current priority as a watercolor artist – the depiction of light.
Michael will introduce you to the project construction technique that he uses most often – step-by-step and layer-by-layer image construction, using both dry brush technique and soft transitions. Where to start? How to structure the work correctly? Together, incrementally, you will make a complex, detailed portrait project.
Michael Solovyev Workshop Supplies List
If you have some favorite brand of watercolor paper, by all means, use it.
Hot Pressed paper is NOT recommended.
100% cotton 140 pound Rough (Grain Torchon) paper - Saunders or Arches,
size from 11 x 15 to 15 x 22 inches, depending on your preference.
My recommendation : Saunders Waterford Rough 300 gsm.
• Round paintbrush (or mop) squirrel, goat, or equivalent
• Round sharp paintbrush (or rigger, liner) (approximately #4)
• Flat strong brush for watercolor, approximately 1 1/2 inch width (3.5 cm) or
If you have any favorite brush set, feel free to use it.
Asian calligraphy brushes are very welcome (goat, rat, etc.)
In case if you prefer to use the same brushes as me,
I recommend you to check my signature set:
And Escoda Michael Solovyev’s Master Set.
In addition, I will bring with me some of my materials, which will be available for
purchase during the master class.
I highly recommend Daniel Smith watercolor in tubes.
In case of impossibility, you can use any other professional brand.
Small sets for travel are NOT recommended.
We need a basic color set.
It is highly recommended to have the following set (we will use it a lot):
• Quinacridone Sienna
• Quinacridone Deep Gold
• Alizarin Crimson
• Perylene Violet
• Cobalt Blue
• Phthalo Green BS
• Phthalo Blue GS
Masking tape, any board to stretch paper on,
pencil, eraser, and paper towels.
Please care about easel, you can use anyone.
You can get my 10 colors Daniel Smith Master
Set in art stores around the world.
Or ordered it online.