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You can download a full copy of the book to your desktop. Mac users Option+click to download, Windows PC right click to download. Be patient, big file: The Flowershop (PDF 11MB)
Originals all watercolor and gouache on 17 by 14 in. paper.
PDF contains 28 pages, organized by thumbnails.
All images copyright Emilia Kallock
On Thursday at Burning Man, after already consuming art on a turbo level - taking in the massive art sculptures and installations on the playa as well as lending a hand to our camp’s decorating committee, I taught a watercolor class to about 30 people. Advertised in the BM events calender and assisted by camp member Scott, we decided to stay out of the scorching desert sun and set up class in the breezy lounge/pedicure tent. I started off by going over some of the ways I did the plein air paintings I finished earlier in the week. Then I showed them some of basic tricks when painting with watercolor, like painting on wet/dry paper, making colors run together, blending, and removing strokes of color with towlettes. I encouraged them to douse the paint cakes with water before they started in order to facilitate pigment uptake in the brushes. I told them that by nature watercolor is free and flowey and simple brush strokes could cover large areas effortlessly. Then come back and worry about the details. I tiptoed around the carpet covered with students, paper, paints and water cups and made small demonstrations to individual groups. “Watercolor is splashy! Splash it around!” After about two compositions each, some students clipped their paintings on the string of blue christmas lights that decorated the lounge and some took them home for mementos. Thank you guys for creating a space where something like this could take place.