Philadelphia Water Color Society
This is a preview of a recording from an online event, Painting Challenging Subjects and Being an Artist-in-Residence, that was hosted by the Philadelphia Water Color Society on May 17, 2022. This one and a half hour event features Jessica L Bryant, a landscape watercolor artist who lives in Idaho.
The first part of the program presents Bryant's extensive experience as an Artist-in-Residence with the National Park Service and other organizations. The locales varied from the desert landscape of Joshua Tree, dramatic vistas of Rocky Mountain, moonscapes in the Badlands, wild rivers in Idaho, and the empty wilderness in Alaska where she and a ranger were the only people for hundreds of miles. Not that they were completely alone; there was the occasional grizzly.
Bryant demos how she tackles challenging subjects in her detailed, realist landscapes. It this case. the subject is a mountain stream in her home state. The main focus of the demo is how she deals with a multitude of submerged bed of rocks. She details how to analyze the image for patterns and transitions of values, shapes and colors, how to achieve the gist of a scene rather than painting "every single rock." Along the way, she presents tidbits on topics ranging from composition, brushes, plein air painting, and color.