On November 28 and 29, eighth grade students at The Willow School studied watercolor with an accomplished local artist, Joan Brady. Brady taught the students to paint a still life of flowers using a number of watercolor techniques. Students learned about the importance of working from light to dark, leaving white space, and not overworking a piece–stop before you think it’s finished, she advised.
Brady also emphasized observing before creating. “You want to really look at what you are painting. Paint what you see,” Brady advised. “Nothing can improve nature.”
Joan Brady resides in Far Hills and has been painting for over fifty years. She has shown in a number of prominent galleries, including Tatistcheff & Co. in New York City, as well as local spaces, such as Riverside Studio in Pottersville, NJ. For more on Brady, visit her website.