An intensive brush with watercolor

by OFA Staff

Painter, printmaker and public artist Jane Goldman will teach "Watercolor: Spontaneity and Control" January 18-21, one of several January Arts Intensives sponsored by the Office for the Arts. OFA Program Director Cathy McCormick spoke to Goldman about the workshop and her very challenging choice of visual expression.

You work in various media. How do you think of watercolor in your work? In relation to how you work in other media?

Watercolor is central to my creative process. It is my go-to medium, the one I think in; paradoxically, due to my long term practice of watercolor I don't need to think about the medium as I work. Watercolor is my starting point for prints and public art installations; I also make watercolor paintings as an end in themselves.

What are you currently focusing on in your own work?

I am making abstract watercolors based on a grid that explore color relationships. They vary in size from 12" x 12" to 100" x 60."

What will be your approach with the Harvard students for the workshop in January?

I'm planning a thorough grounding in the medium for the students. We will examine the tools of the medium (pigment, paper, brushes, water) and explore how to manipulate the unique elements of watercolor (translucency, working with water and gravity, layering). Students familiar with the medium will be given assignments appropriate to their skill level. We will have a creative blast.

[Caption: Photo courtesy Jane Goldman]

[Caption: "Audubon White Heron" (30"x40", watercolor, 2009), by Jane Goldman]

[Caption: "Augury II" 8.5" x 11", watercolor monotype, 2007, by Jane Goldman]