Watercolor techniques with Michael Reardon

concord art association michael reardon watercolor demo

We thoroughly enjoyed watching Michael paint at our November meeting. His paintings have a lovely, washed-back mistiness that draw you into the scene and highlight the transparent beauty of watercolor on textured paper. Michael walked us through his process of starting with a sketch, laying down background colors with designated white space, then painting each area (foreground, middle ground, focal point) with colors that he often blends right on the paper with constant flicking of his brush. He also showed us how he paints on a tilted easel to create controlled washes of color with the watercolor bead. We got lots of great tips from him - it was fascinating!