VIEW-Evelyn Dunphy-Silent Night

VIEW with Evelyn Dunphy: ``Silent Night`` (watercolor on stretched paper)

“On the first day of a January week-long painting trip to this wilderness lake, I left my tiny log cabin, strapped on my snowshoes and backpack and started off on the snow-covered lake. I was headed to a large boggy area about a mile down the lake that was very difficult to get to at other times of the year. I hoped for a direct view of the two peaks of the mountain.

Try to imagine the silence. Six thousand acres of wilderness with just one other person at the camp. All I could hear was the crunch of my snowshoes on the crusty snow. I was totally, completely happy, in the beauty, the “aloneness” – and also very aware that I was completely alone. This is a precious, scary feeling that I have always loved about being in wilderness by myself. 

Then – I heard a sound, a soft, high-pitched cry.  An eagle high overhead. I was thrilled to see her, expecting her to disappear into the distance in a moment. But she stayed with me the entire way, flying ahead, and then back around. I came to the open bog area and found a place to set up my easel, braced on the snow covered outspread branches of a tamarack tree. In summer, I would have been over my head in water. 

When I looked up again, the eagle was a far-away dot in the sky. She accompanied me all the way to my chosen place, and then flew away. I think of it now and then”.

A painting from my imagination of a mountain that I have painted over one hundred times. It has a distinctly Japanese feeling, perhaps influenced by my having climbed Mt. Fuji. The two mountains, Katahdin and Fuji have a striking similarity from one particular viewpoint. 

We will focus on:

– the design of negative and positive spaces

– a cool, limited palette to create a mood

– glowing light spaces that add to the feeling of deep space and even spirituality

– arrangement of mid tones and dark values for quiet drama

– the eagle soaring overhead has an important meaning for me. 

Class Information

The class is live and interactive on ZOOM

Dates: Dec 13, 14 & 15 from 9am-noon Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Level: High Beginners to Intermediate

Participants: Max 20

Medium: Watercolor

Price: $249 for 9 hours. If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only. Book the class and email us to let us know you won’t attend.

We will be using stretched paper but you are welcome to use your usual watercolor paper. All techniques that we will use will apply to 140# or 300# cold press paper.

Why I love stretched paper:

The value of the pigment that you put on the paper will dry just about exactly the value you put down.

Your loaded brush strokes go on the paper just like “cream”.

With values of a mid tone and higher, you will be able to create beautiful texture.

Lifting is a cinch, (if you like to lift edges or secondary lights in your painting).

No rippling or buckling of the paper during the painting. When the painting is done, you just remove it, trim the edges and you have a perfectly flat painting ready to frame.

Class Format

  • A host from the VIEW Academy will facilitate the meeting, admitting you if you connect late, helping you with technical problems, etc…
  • The V.I.E.W. workshop is live, interactive and hands-on
  • Evelyn will demonstrate step by step,  breaking up the process in manageable steps, giving you time to paint during the live session
  • You will be able to ask questions directly to Evelyn
  • You will be able to show your work to Evelyn to get personal feedback and critique
  • You will enjoy interactivity with fellow participants
  • You can keep the recordings of the class forever.

What you will learn in this Class

  1. To arrange shapes within a scene to design a strong composition and support the story
  2. To plan a palette of colors that evoke the mood of the scene.
  3. To maintain a variety of edges for creating aerial perspective within the painting.
  4. To paint controlled graded washes to create light and shadow.
  5. To put down flowing washes of various warm and cool colors.

Biography-Evelyn Dunphy

Evelyn Dunphy’s work has been exhibited in juried exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada and the UK, including the Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary Art Exhibit, London, UK, American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club , New York, National Arts Club, New York, Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors, “Portraits, Interior And Exterior”, Arts Club of Washington, DC and toured with the International Guild of Realism’s Masterworks Museum Tour.

Two of Dunphy’s paintings were included among artists from 83 countries in the “World Watercolour Competition” sponsored by The Art of Watercolour magazine published in France. Her work was a finalist in the Artist’s Magazine annual competition out of 6800 entries and has been included in several “SPLASH” publications and “Pratique des Arts”.

Dunphy is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, member of the International Guild of Realism, and American Society of Marine Artists.

Evelyn Dunphy has taught many workshops nationally and internationally. Dunphy is a sought-after watercolor instructor whose workshops always sell out fast.

We are sure you will enjoy and appreciate Evelyn’s unique ability to convey her easy to understand instruction and genuine sincerity in assisting students like yourself in reaching your goals as a watercolor artist.

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Samples of Evelyn Dunphy's Art

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Testimonials from our VIEWers

“Evelyn, you are an extraordinary teacher — gifted with an ability to provide clear instruction, generous with your time and praise, clearly passionate about sharing your hard-earned expertise, and, even better, driven to ensure your students succeed. I’ve learned more from the workshops I’ve attended with you than I have in the collocation of books I’ve acquired over the past year or so and all the videos I’ve watched online combined. Finding a teacher like you is akin to discovering gold.” 

Anne-Marie F.

“This was an excellent workshop: Evelyn Dunphy is such a calm, organized, & effective instructor. I greatly appreciated how she managed to keep everyone moving forward, yet allowed people to work at their own pace. In particular I appreciated & benefited from her frequent individualized feedback & critique during the sessions”.

Rosemary T.

“This workshop encouraged and enabled a huge step in my painting in terms of subject, attention to detail, palette, planning, and patience.  The format allowed a lot of teacher-student time because everyone got a front-row seat to everyone else’s questions and consultations with Evelyn.  Technically, the computer contacts were really well managed.  Practically seamless!  Thank you.”

Lew I.

The Price of US $ 249 for 9 hours includes:

  • Documents to help prepare for the class
  • Personal feedback during the class and in between sessions via email or phone with Evelyn
  • The recording of all sessions for you to keep forever
  • The access to our VIEW Facebook page so you can share and communciate with the VIEW Academy community of artists and teachers.
  • If you can’t attend, you can buy the recording only.
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