Workshops set to begin at Blackbird Studio and Gallery, North Berwick, Maine

"The Cobweb", watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

“The Cobweb”, watercolor on paper (c)Daryl-Ann Hurst

Painting Realism in Watercolor, I

Daryl-Ann Hurst, instructor, at Blackbird Studio and Gallery


Every realist painter I have ever known who has not been given instruction on how to make watercolors behave “the way they want them to” has become frustrated  with the “mind-of-its-own” quality of the medium. The paint runs and puddles, and leaves weird marks that its opaque cousins don’t.  It behaves very differently when you work on a wet surface or a dry surface.

I can’t teach patience, but I can give you the fundamentals of how to control the medium. Most of the two sessions of these workshops  will involve layering thin paint over thin paint, on a wet surface. I will teach techniques for correcting mistakes, developing highlights, and creating deep, rich large expanses of flat color. We will work from a very simple still life.

All supplies will be provided. The class will meet on two consecutive Tuesdays, September 23 and September 30, from 6-8 pm. The price for both classes is $45 per person, and is due at on the first night. The class size is limited, so please sign up early!

I have been showing my work for nearly 40 years nationally, and was recently asked to contribute an oil painting to the Rochester Museum of Fine Art. I was also given the Artistic Achievement Award in the Visual Arts for my 2014 show at the Rochester Library, in Rochester, NH. I am primarily an abstract painter, but I am classically trained and can work in a realistic style, as well. My “Woven Tribute” is on display at Blackbird this month.

Let’s make some art!! The Blackbird Studio and Gallery is located at 387  Somersworth Road, North Berwick-right across the road from Noble High School.

We are also planning other workshops, so please stay tuned. Also please like our Facebook page:

For further information: and type “Blackbird class info” in the subject box. The class is almost full!

About artinsmallplaces

I am Daryl-Ann Hurst, (also using Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst), an artist and writer, who is also interested in antiques, travel and the outdoors. I am hoping to use this blog to meld all of the interests. I was born and raised in California, have a BA in art, have been published in the New England Antiques Journal and have photography on the Gulf of Maine's website. I have shown paintings and prints nationally since 1978.

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