Oct 30 – Nov 2 / 2023


3 days of workshop instruction at a Columbia Gorge Retreat Center


Our path to discovery is intentional play, as we craft unique textural substrates for our watercolor paintings. Texture inherently encourages loose, vibrant paintings and gives you fresh, new starts. Next we’ll focus on composition, value and interpreting subjects to create our experimental works of art. Beginning with your textured paper or panel, you’ll paint on the surface with watercolor paint, first drippy, then controlled (or vice versa) to convey your subject.


Rene will show you step-by-step her process for creating textured watercolor paper or wood panels to make a nest painting. Applying watercolor paint over the grass-like and leaf-like acrylic texture allows the paint to settle in the depressions or spaces in between, almost painting itself! Following a value pattern sets you up for success.

Making a textural substrate is the first place in the creative process where the marks of the artist are laid down, enhancing and supporting your concept behind the work.

Breathe new life into unresolved paintings while enhancing the concept behind your work with texture and patterning. Adding acrylic mediums and opaques to your watercolor technique opens up whole new worlds of possibilities! Learn to re-evaluate and reinvent your work when it isn’t working to your satisfaction. Any painting can be “fixed” with the right combination of acrylic grounds and liftable opaques. Build your skills and your imagination in this lively, supportive workshop, designed to promote “out of the box” thinking!

This close-up shows the effectiveness of the applied texture.


The textured gesso under this 8×8 painting on wood panel adds a tapestry for the image to flow within.


This painting is on watercolor paper with heavy gesso texture applied first and the result is compelling. American Easel has made prints of this on wood panel. Viewers sometimes walk up to touch the flat surface because the texture looks so realistic!