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Loosen Up Your Paintings and/or Your Figure Scape Paintings by Lois Wolford

  • 29 Apr 2017
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Loosen Up Your Paintings and/or Your Figure Scape Paintings
One Day Workshop 
Lois Wolford

Saturday, April 29 2017

from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM

We are pleased to have nationally recognized artist Lois Wolford, a prize winning artist, teacher of workshops, demonstrator, juror and signature member of the National Watercolor Society.  

Her paintings have been published in L’ Art De L’ Aquarelle Magazine and can be seen in the December issues of 2011 and 2016 and in  Watercolor Artists December issue of 2016.  She is a past Workshop Chairman, Board Member, Mid – Atlantic Exhibition Chairman and life member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. She currently serves as Vice president for BWS.

Lois is a painter of watercolors and acrylics.  She has works in both private and corporate collections in the US and abroad.  Her paintings have received many awards and have been in National and International Exhibitions including the National Watercolor Society- California, the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Adirondack Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, the USA Watercolor Society-Missouri, the Mid- Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition  and the North American Miniature Show- Maryland. 

 Lois is known for her use of color to create mood in her paintings.  She paints figures, still life, landscapes, and interiors.  Her figure paintings are of people involved in conversation and suggest a voyeuristic point of view.  Lois’ still life, landscape and interior paintings aim at capturing a moment in time and tell a story. 

What will be taught: 

Loosen Up Your Paintings or Loosen Up Your Figure Scape Paintings

In this workshop we will explore the virtues of painting on a wet page with large brushes in order to loosen up the painting. The wet page keeps the painting from becoming too precious too early. In the beginning you will find this method helps achieve a variety of soft edges. The paint to water ratio changes as the painting progresses. As the paper begins to dry, edges can be sharpened, while  still keeping your shapes simplified. When you paint, think shapes not objects. 

Come to class with both a black and white and color photo reference. It can be a cityscape, landscape or still life. The drawing  should be completed on your 140lb. watercolor paper. Simplify and draw the major shapes. 


  • pencil 
  • gum eraser
  • sketch paper
  • spay bottle
  • clean sponge
  • Tissue and paper towels
  • palette - colors you always use 
  • brushes - large flats and rounds- one small #4 or #6 round
  • board (non-absorbent)
  • half sheet or full sheet watercolor paper
  • Clips for attaching paper to board

Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available                                   

Check out Lois work on line at

Contact  Lois at:


MICA (MD Institute College of Art)   1965-67

Towson University BS of Science 1967-69

Towson University Masters in Art Ed  1979


Taught for Baltimore Co.  Schools       1972-2002

Plaza Art Workshops                2008-present

BWS Workshop                        2010  

BWS Talk on Watercolor           2010

Annapolis Watercolor Club-

Talk and Demonstration            2010

Private Lessons                         2008-present                  

Baltimore Watercolor Society 1984-present

Served as Workshop Chairman-   2004 -2006

Served as Mid Atlantic Chairman 2003 2004

Committee                                    2004- present

Serving as Vice President             2016

Organizations and Galleries

Signature member of NWS          2009-present

Signature member of BWS           1984- present

Towson Art Collective                   2012-present

Art Gallery in Fells Point               2003- 2016 

Diddywopps and Keeffers Gallery  2006-2010 

Grand Style Gallery                      2002-2005

Juried the NJ Watercolor Exhibition  2014

Wrote a grant for artist Skip Lawrence to spend three days at Kingsville Elementary school to teach watercolor to both Teachers and Students. 1992


Art of Watercolor Magazine:  December 2011

Art of Watercolor Magazine:  December 2016

Watercolor Artists Magazine: December 2016

NWS International Exhibition "Green Chairs" 2016

Upcoming Events

A joint show with Members of the "Complimentary Colors Art Group" at the Hoffberger Art Gallery in March 2017



2016   Busy Day in Paris - WB Romeling Memorial 

2013    Cold Day in the big Apple - Forrest Runes 

2012    Day Tripper - Rivet and Evans Realty Award

National Watercolor Society

2010     Party of Three -  Cheap Joe Award 

2009    Waiting for the Check - Potomac Valley Award

Mid Atlantic Watercolor Exhibition

2016   No Loitering - Gold Medal Award

2014   Cold Day in the Big Apple - Jack Richeson Award

2009  Overlook - Jack Richeson Award 

2007  Rocket Riders - HK Holbein Award

2006 Beatin' the Baltimore Heat - Silver Medal

2002  Watching and Waiting - Strathmore Artist     Award

1997  Gargoyle on Linden Street -Da Vinci paint company Award

1990  Back Cove -  Mary Thatcher Award                                                                     

North American Miniature Exhibition

2015   Country Church - 3rd Place

2012   Shade Seekers - 3rd Place

2011   The Huddle - 2nd place

2009  His and Hers - Mixed Media 

2008  Awakening - Watercolor 

2006  Wallace the Stone Mason - Gold Medal 


From the Baltimore Beltway (I 695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

BWS Member Registration Opens: 

February 25th, 2017

Member Fee: $60

Non-Member Registration Opens: 

March 25th, 2017

Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

Non-Member Fee: $65

Registration Deadline: April 22nd unless the program is full prior to this date. 

Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than April 22nd 2017 

Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair

Sabine Yeager at

or by phone at 410-774-4212

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