Tag Archives: Alvaro Castagnet

2014 Georgia Watercolor Society XXXV National Exhibition

My 1/2 sheet painting “Kathmandu Street” was accepted in the 2014 Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition. This painting is an example of “poured watercolor”.   I masked the whitest whites of the piece and  poured watered-down solutions of reds,yellows, and blues on top of the surface.  Tilting the paper allows the colors to blend and flow in certain areas.  A spray… (more…)

Watercolor demonstration- Big Ben painted on YUPO synthetic paper

Months ago I began a series of watercolor paintings on YUPO synthetic paper.  “Synthetic” meaning plastic. Painting on a plastic surface with watercolor is tough.  The surface takes a long time to dry.  You can layer but with difficulty.  Oil from finger prints creates a resist for paint (run a cloth with a light application of rubbing alcohol over the… (more…)

Aqueous 2013- Pittsburgh Watercolor Society

My modest goal for 2013 was to exceed the # of juried watercolor shows I was in last year. 2012 was the first year I entered watercolor exhibitions.  I was accepted in 3 competitions-  The Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolor, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, and The Watercolor Society of North Carolina shows. I accomplished my goal this year when my… (more…)

Watercolor Society of North Carolina 68th Annual Exhibition- Blowing Rock, NC

My goal for 2013 was to get 3 paintings accepted into national watercolor society shows.  Juried shows. The first part of my goal was met with the news that my painting of Duke Chapel was accepted by juror Mary Ann Beckwith. Here is a slideshow from last years WSNC Show: http://ncwatercolor.com/slideshows/2012-AnnualExhib/2012-AnnualExhib.html The watercolor exhibition will run September 8th- November 2nd… (more…)

En Plein Air Paint-Off in Fuquay-Varina

Actually, it should be called: Pain-Air Paint-Off. I signed up for this event three weeks ago.  En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn‿ɛʁ]) is a French expression which means “in the open air,” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. I have never painted en plein air. My first attempt, during a painting session at Lassiter Mills… (more…)