Light and Loose Watercolor with Pamela Harnois

Light and Loose Watercolor with Pamela Harnois


Join award winning watercolor artist Pamela Harnois and build your skills while having fun! Learn spontaneous and loose watercolor techniques while enhancing your own intuitive approach to painting. 

For all levels.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015 (10:30-4:30) - $140

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We will be painting flowers from photos and real life setups. Pamela will be doing two to three demonstrations in the studio. You will have plenty of personal assistance, and a short class critique will be done at the end.

You will learn:

  • Wet-into-wet and dry-on-wet watercolor techniques
  • Working from light to dark, enhancing shadows
  • How to let your painting breathe by letting the white paper show
  • How to create pleasing compositions
  • How to establish your point of interest
  • How to control the only medium that moves itself


  • Watercolor paper: French Arches 140 lb. COLD press watercolor paper block
  • Watercolor paints: Holbein, Winsor & Newton, or Sennelier watercolor paints in tubes
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Turquoise
    • Cadmium Red Medium
    • Alizarin Red
    • Permanent Rose or Opera Rose
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Veridian
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Chinese White
    • Payne's Grey or Ivory Black
  • Watercolor brushes
    • #12 round
    • 1" flat brush
    • rigger brush (detail brush)
  • #2 pencil and kneaded eraser
  • 1 small natural sponge
  • 2 plastic containers to hold water
  • 1 small spray bottle to hold water
  • Masking tape
  • Paper towels (Viva recommended)

Do the best you can to find these supplies. If you can't find everything, do not worry. There are also some pre-packaged paint sets you can buy at Blick's or Aaron Bros.

The most important thing is to get the French Arches paper. I have some students that show up with Strathmore or Canson and they are never happy.

Paper and paints will also be available for purchase.

Hope you can join us on this one special day!

Pamela Harnois' joy in transparent watercolor and contemporary realism are apparent as are her influences from the California impressionists. After graduating with a degree in fine art, Pamela worked as a creative director in the food packaging industry and for design firms in Boston and Los Angeles. Her mother was an early influence, passing along painting techniques from her studies in Ed Whitney workshops.

Pamela loves to teach and give live demonstrations, private lessons and artist workshops. She is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and is an exhibiting member of Ten Women Gallery on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, California.