Demo by Ted Nuttall

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00p.m.
Rose Room, Roseville Skating Center, 2661 Civic Center Drive,
 Roseville, MN

Ted NuttallTed Nuttall is a natioanally recognized painter who will be a workshop leader for NorthStar the same week. Nuttall is a graduate of Colorado Institute of Art. He is a figurative artist whose painting expression was born out of his observation of people. Ted is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and enjoys Master Status with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. His work has been featured in numerous national and international art publications. For additional information and to see his work, please visit Ted’s website at: .



LAST MEETING: March 15, 2018

Demo by Nels Femrite:

“Painting Watercolor On a Gessoed Surface”


Nels demo 1Returning from a recent visit to the island of Kauai, Hawaiii, Nels Femrite worked from a plein air sketch he had made of a scene near Lost Lake. Nels was drawn to this scene because of the red dirt which is typical of the area. He had spread gesso with a roller over an old full-sheet painting on 140 pound Arches paper – “a good way to make use of those paintings that just didn’t work!”   This approach provides a smooth surface that is not absorbent. He first painted shadows under the clouds with neutral tint, then brushed in the sky with two different blues, defining the cloud shapes. Then he worked his way from top to bottom, painting mountains and canyons with local color.

Nels demo 4Asked why he chose to paint on a gessoed surface, Nels said that it was “just a different route. I’ve studied art all my life and I still don’t know what it’s all about. I just like to try different things. That’s what makes it interesting and I’m having too much fun!”

After letting the painting dry over the break, Nels put in some dark areas and defined the shapes. The completed painting had a lot of texture because of the gessoed surface.

As a founder and faithful NorthStar member, Nels Femrite continues to share his enthusiasm and talent.

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