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VIRTUAL: Brienne Brown "Dynamic Watercolors" Bringing the Everyday to Life

  • 12 Apr 2021
  • 10:00 AM
  • 16 Apr 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • Virtual
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"Dynamic Watercolors"

Bringing the Everyday to Life

Brienne Brown

April 12th-13th 2021 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

off April 14th 2021

April 15th-16th 2021 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.



Members:  February 27th 2021.........10:00 a.m. $300

Non-Members: March 13th 2021.......10:00 a.m. $350

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Registration ends April 3rd 2021 or when the event is full


Due to the high demand for workshops, all registrations have to be paid within 5 days of registering. No exceptions please.

The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature internationally respected watercolor artist Brienne Brown in a 4 day virtual workshop to begin Monday, April 12th-13th  and continue Thursday, April 15th-16th.


Creating Dynamic Watercolors

Bringing the Everyday to Life with

Brienne M Brown

Painting in watercolor is very exciting, but can also be challenging.  During this 4-Day workshop, Brienne will demonstrate and explain her process in watercolor.  While sharing her love for the medium, she will put particular emphasis on getting your values correct and connecting shapes in order to create strong and dynamic watercolor paintings.  During the first couple of days, Brienne will teach you how to use interesting value patterns to compose strong paintings.  She will then discuss how she uses color to unify and set the mood of a painting.  Throughout the workshop, Brienne will share useful training tools and tips to help you take your paintings to the next level.  For the final day, Brienne will demonstrate methods for framing watercolors without glass.  No experience with watercolor painting is necessary, but some drawing experience is recommended. Time permitting, brushstrokes

You will have access to recorded video of the LIVE Zoom Sessions so you can review the instruction, demonstrations, and feedback for 30-days after the workshop.

 About Brienne Brown

Much to her mother's indignation, Brienne owned little clothing that was not covered in Paint. From a very young age, Brienne showed talent in art and music, but wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. She started her education at the University of Utah as a double major (Art and Chemistry), eventually receiving a BS in Chemistry and finishing with a Master's degree in 2004. After graduation, Brienne worked in Toxicology lab. Though she painted some by taking an occasional class, as the years wore on, she realized she wanted more art in her life than a career in science would allow. She was surprised and delighted to find great fulfillment in painting. In fact, it became a necessity.

After leaving her job as a toxicologist to raise her first child in 2008, Brienne had the opportunity to paint more consistently. Prioritizing painting and taking workshops from artists she admired paid off. Soon she was not only exhibiting and entering shows regularly, but also winning awards. Brienne holds signature membership status for the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and Utah Watercolor Society. Since 2015, Brienne has been an invited faculty member at the annual Plein Air Convention. Also, every year, she participates in several national juried plein air events and teaches workshop all over the country. Her work has been published in Splash 17 Best of Watercolor: Inspired Subjects, PleinAir Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazin.

Brienne's passion is watercolor and plein air painting. She has won several top awards in many plein air competitions. "I find beauty in everyday life, the so called 'mundane'. Ordinary people going about their everyday lives inspire me. I especially enjoy painting en plein air, where each painting reminds me of where I was, of the experiences I had, the sounds, smells, and the people I met. As I try and capture the essence of a scene, my paintings are always more about the moment in time than about a particular location. I enjoy sharing how I see the world".

All levels are welcome but students should have an understanding of the watercolor medium.

Supply List

Watercolor Tubes

The following are my favorite colors for watercolor painting, you don't need these exact colors, and something similar will work. DON'T BUY ALL OF THE COLORS! If you already have some watercolor paint, bring what you've got. I just wanted to give you an idea of my favorites. I do suggest professional grade watercolor tubes, as they will blend better and give us a better range of opacity.  

* If you are just starting out and don't have any watercolor paints, I have put an asterisk * by the colors I recommend you can start with for this workshop. You can definitely get by with these.

The first dolor listed is what I use, including the brand I like (DS = Daniel Smith, HOL = Holbein; I mostly buy my paint at ""). If I don't indicate brand, I don't have a preference. The second color listed is an acceptable substitute. The 14 colors listed are my stock colors, thou I am constantly trying new ones. The "accent" colors are my opaque watercolors that I love to use sparingly. You don't need all three; just get one to play with. Or, you could make any color opaque by adding white gouache.

Brienne's Favorite Colors:

*Carmine or Alizarine Crimson (I use either)

Quinacridone Rose (DS)

*Transparent Red Oxcide (DS) or Burnt Sienna

*Transparent Yellow Oxide (DS) or Yellow Ochre

*Transparent Yellow Lemon (DS) or Cadmium Yellow Light

*Transparent Orange (DS) or Cadmium Orange

*Cadmium Red Medium or bright semi-opaque red

*Ultramarine Blue

*Cobalt Turquoise (DS)

Sap Green (DS)

*Carbazole Violet (DS) or Dioxazine Violet

Neutral Tint

*Chinese White or White Gouache

Accent Colors

Cobalt Teal Blue (DS)

Lavender (HOL) - This is my absolute favorite accent color!

Horizon Blue (HOL)

Anything that is a more opaque (white tint of anything can be used as an accent color)

Watercolor Palette: Whatever you are used to using. I like palettes with plenty of area for mixing. If you don't have a watercolor palette, plastic white plates will work just fine.

Watercolor Brushes:

I mostly use a mop for washes and some synthetic brushes with good points! My favorite synthetic brushes are the Escoda (Perla) synthetic round brushes, #16,#12, and #8. I also use a Cheap Joe's Scroggy's Loose Goose Dagger Striper for calligraphy. However, bring what you have; you don't need these exact brushes! I thing the most important aspect about the brushes I use is having a brush that can hold a lot of water for washes (like a mop or a good flat brush} and some brushes with good points (the Escoda brushes do this for me). However, there are a lot of different brushes out there that can give you the same thing.

Watercolor paper:

watercolor block, or watercolor pad (I prefer rough or cold press and at least 140 lbs). I like Arches and Sanders Waterford paper. We will be working with 1/4 of a full sheet. During the workshop we will probably be going through 2 full sheets (22 x 30") of paper or 8 quarter sheets (11 x 15"). Don't get cheap student grade paper. You will just frustrate yourself.

Other Supplies:

Bring a board for supporting your paper and tape or staples. This is important because I work on an angled surface, not flat.

Pencil for sketching (I prefer lead grade 2B or 4B)

3-4 Markers for making value sketches. I have found Copic or Prismacolor to work well. Get 3-4 values spread evenly. For example, #2, #5, #7, and #10 or something similar. they usually come with 2 tip shapes on each end.

Sketchbook! Don't forget your sketchbook!

Container for water

Spray bottle of water (I bought a small one at Michael's)

Paper towels

Sponge - just a regular sponge

I will provide the subjects for painting

Think about a main topic you want to take away from this workshop. I will ask you this question on the first day and I will attempt to answer everyone's questions throughout the course of the workshop. 

Come ready to work hard, learn a lot, and have fun!

  • The price for the workshop is $300 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $350 for non-BWS members.
  • The class size is limited to 20 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.
  • Please pay online if possible; The payment system allows the use of your Credit Cards. Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Sabine Yeager at the address below. Please enter the name of the workshop on your check.
The workshop will be virtual 

  • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your checks or online payment. Checks must be received within 5 days of registration to be considered as registered 

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Remember that these workshops fill up very quickly. When filled, you can register on the waiting list.

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  • Paid registrants who cancel on or before April 3rd will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled no refund will be given
  • Paid registrants who cancel after April 3rd will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
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Day 1 and 2


Day 3: off

Day 4 and 5


Mail check made out to BWS and reference Brienne Brown Workshop to:

Sabine Yeager 
Workshop Chair
11315 Maplewood Dr.
Ridgely, MD 21660

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