VIEW with Mark Mehaffey, AWS

This is a sample of Mark’s abstract painting. It would be similar but not exactly the same for the class.

Create your own abstract on YUPO paper

(in your own watercolor design)

Join Mark Mehaffey AWS-DF, NWS for an exciting class in abstract design. We will use Yupo paper to experiment and explore our way to multiple solutions for your paintings. Adding representational imagery to your abstract design will also be covered. “In this class we will work from YOUR photo references or your imagination to design YOUR vision from value plan to finished painting.”

Class Information

The class is live and interactive on ZOOM

Dates: June 12 & 13 from 9am-noon PDT 

Level: High Beginners to Intermediate

Participants: Max 20

Price: $178 for 6 hours

Medium: Watercolor on YUPO paper

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.
  • Mark 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 Mark.
  • You will be able to show your work to Mark 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

You will love the forgiveness and workability of YUPO paper.

Made of Polypropylene, this surface is non absorbent and offers exciting textural possibilities.

Gravity works in mysterious ways creating unusual textures and the smooth surface allows the artist to also create many stamped, imprinted and applied textures of their own.

Because all the paints sits up on the surface of YUPO it is also easily manipulated and removed. There are no mistakes that can not be corrected or altered…which leads to brave painting!

The elements and principals of design are constant. Those we choose to use and how we use them determine our success. We will play with shapes, textures, color and value to create…..visual entertainment. Visual Entertainment is how I think of my abstract work. The viewer who is most important in this process is the artist. It is helpful to let go of producing a great painting (that will come after much hard work) and just enjoying the process of painting and learning.

Mark will cover both compositional and technical applications in the abstract format.

  1. I will show you my process from start to finish but I will encourage a deviation at anytime.
  2. This will be a creative exploration. I will give multiple avenues of pursuit based on a similar beginning.
  3. You can practice what you learn over and over since you can keep the recordings of the class forever.

Biography-Mark Mehaffey, AWS

About Mark Mehaffey:

Internationally recognized artist Mark E Mehaffey is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member – and Distinguished Master, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters among others.

Mehaffey has won major awards in juried exhibitions internationally including the Silver Medal of Honor (twice) and the Arches Paper Co Award from the American Watercolor Society, the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America, the Skyledge Award from TWSA, Biennial Award from the 2010 Shanghai Zhoujiajiao International Biennial Watercolor Exhibition, Best of Show from the San Diego Watercolor Society and guest artist for the Salon De L’Aquarelle 2015, Antwerp, Belgium. In 2016 Mark was honored with the new designation of ‘Distinguished Master’ by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America for having over 20 total paintings accepted.

He wrote “Creative Watercolor Workshop”, published in 2005 and it was rereleased as “Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop” in 2013 published by Northlight Publishing. Mark’s latest book, ‘En Plein Air Acrylic’, Walter Foster Publisher was released in 2019. Mark has also created twelve instructional videos. He has appeared in many publications. He was featured in “Masters of Watercolor” written by Konstantin Sterkhov and “Inspirations & Technical Breakthroughs: Secrets from the Contemporary International Watercolor Masters Volume 1” written by Zhou Tianya & Ruan Hoe.

Mehaffey’s paintings are included in corporate public and private collections including Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Arches Paper Co., USA. In 2018 Mark was invited to participate in the International Watercolor Masters Exhibition in Weston Park England. His work is included in the permanent collections of transparent watercolors at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, the National Watercolor Museum of Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico, Quanhua Watercolor Art Gallery, Zhoujiajiao, China and the Dachong Art Gallery, Zhongshan, China.

Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor and lecturer.

Samples of Mark Mehaffey's Art

Testimonials from our VIEWers

“Love, love love your online classes! I’ve done two so far and have really enjoyed both. I feel my work has improved a lot thanks to your online workshops.
You do the BEST job of these workshops. I love the pace, and the instructors are all so willing to stop and help students! ”

Arlette T.

“Jackie, kudos to you for moving back and forth between screens and our artwork, as we asked a myriad of questions. It was fun and informative seeing everyone’s work along the way. Your gentle encouragement for us all to show what we were working on was much appreciated. Your calm manner and clear command of the vagaries of zoom made it a wonderful experience.
I will absolutely take more classes.”

Linda T.

“Jackie, the courses and quality of instructors you have cultivated through French Escapade V.I.E.W. is world-class. Jackie, you do such a great job hosting the program — you are on top of your game with production quality, responsiveness with quick replay links, and also announcing upcoming events to students. A side benefit is your fun, wickedly sharp and entertaining sense of humor. Keep up the great work. I’m not surprised that V.I.E.W. is expanding and doing so well.”

Sandy G.

The Price of US $178 for 6 hours includes:

  • The supply list and drawing from Mark ahead of time
  • Personal feedback during the class
  • 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.
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