This hour-and-a-half class for the Nature Journal Club will be repeated over three days at 7 different locations around the Bay Area. (See locations below.) These events are free, but I encourage you to support this work by putting $20 in the donation bucket.

What kind of blues are in that sky, and what kind of grays are in those clouds? What’s the one color you never want to put in your sky, not even in the most lurid sunset? How can you show the sun breaking through the clouds, when it’s so much brighter than the white of your paper? What happens where the sky touches the land, and how can you give a sense of sunlight spilling over a landscape? When do you want to precisely indicate what kind of clouds you’re seeing, and when do you need to alter reality to make a better painting?

As she did in her class for the Nature Journal Club last year, "Reflections and Other Tricky Things About Water", Laurie will attempt to answer those and many other questions with a grab bag of painting techniques, science, field observations, solutions from other artists, and random tips she has accumulated in her 7 years of organizing the SF Sketchers Meetup Group, teaching watercolor, and painting skies wherever she sees them. In addition to "Reflections", Laurie's previous classes for the Nature Journal Club were "Splash & Scribble" and "How to Make Your Nature Journal Sketches Come Alive.

Graphite pencil and sketchbook to take notes in (cheap paper OK)
Your current field watercolor setup, including:​​​​​​​
• Paint palette
• Waterbrush or other small brush with a compact water container. (Doesn’t need to be sable: synthetic brushes are fine.)
• rag or paper towel
• A few scraps of good quality watercolor paper to try out special effects

There will be art supplies you can borrow if you don’t have any of the above.

Open to all ages and skill levels. Free, with suggested donation of $20.

TUESDAY March 12
• Tiburon: 10-11:30 AM, Richardson Bay Audubon, 376 Greenwood Beach Road.
• San Francisco: 12:30-2 PM, Crissy Field Center (the East Beach end, not the Warming Hut end)

• Lafayette: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM,Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
• Oakland: 1-2:30 PM, Junior Center of Art and Science, 558 Bellevue Ave.

FRIDAY March 15
• Saratoga: 10-11:30 AM, West Vally College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave
• Cupertino: 12:00-1:30 PM, McClellan Ranch, Santa Clara Valley Audubon, 22221 McLellan Road
• Palo Alto: 2:30-4:00 PM, Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road.

More information: It's a good idea to check all times and locations on the Nature Journal Club Facebook page or John Muir Laws' Events page before the event.

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