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Watercolor: A New Beginning

A Holistic Approach to Painting

July 27, 2014 – August 01, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Ann Kristin Lindsay
SM14-3405-736Ann Kristin Lindsay,

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

Our yearning to connect with our world and express its beauty is natural and vital. Painting in watercolor offers us a way to experience that connection.

By focusing on the creative process as an adventure in playful exploration, rather than focusing on a final product that has to be perfect, we transform our trepidation into excitement and are free to enjoy the journey and marvel at the beautiful things that happen along the way.

Award-winning artist Ann Kristin Lindsay, author of Watercolor: A New Beginning, helps students of all experience levels who want to feel bolder, more adventurous, and more relaxed painting in watercolor. As we become comfortable with the unknowns of the creative process, we gain confidence that serves us in all aspects of life.

In an atmosphere of fun and exploration, we tap into and strengthen our artistic selves and understand the creative process more deeply as we explore various techniques, gain a solid foundation in color mixing, and draw and paint from life.

When we enjoy painting without the judgments of our inner critic, it becomes a meditation and a prayer of gratitude, reminding us, once again, it’s about the journey.


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Limited enrollment; register early.

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Things to Bring:

If you have painted before and have materials that are comparable, bring what you have - No need to buy new. I will have Academy Watercolors ($5/tube), Arches paper ($7.50 per sheet) folding plastic palettes ($8), brushes  and other supplies available at the workshop.

WATERCOLORS: Tube colors, professional grade.   

  • 1 red - Permanent Rose or Red Rose Deep etc
  • 2 yellows - Cadmium Yellow Light or Pale and Quinacridone Gold
  • 2 blues - Ultramarine and  Thalo Blue (or  Winsor Blue Green Shade)

Note: Academy and Van Gogh are pretty good quality student grade watercolors that are widely available. Cotman are not recommended.  All “professional” and “artist”grade paints are fine. They can all be used together. Academy Paints will be available at the workshop for $5/tube


  • 140# Cold-Pressed 100% rag watercolor paper. Arches Recommended
  • 2 full sheets (22”x 30”) torn or cut into halves or quarters (for ease of transportation) or 9 x 12” Arches Pad

Note: If you have painted before and have good watercolor paper that you’ve painted on one side-but don’t want to keep it, this is a good time to use the other side. Also, cheaper paper can be used for the color mixing explorations.

BRUSH:  Watercolor Brushes (Need not be expensive, synthetic is fine)

  • Size 10 or 12 Round 
  •  ¾ ” FlatWash  


A white covered watercolor palette with a large mixing area. A small folding palette is fine. So is a white plate with a plastic bag to cover. 

(If you want to buy a palette, get a folding watercolor palette or a covered watercolor palette with a large mixing area. Ann uses a folding palette (for traveling) and the “John Pike-Regular” palette (in the studio.)   


  • Water containers (2) (deli tubs are good)
  • Small Misting Spray Bottle 
  • Old tooth brush
  • Sponge  
  • Support board max size 12” x 16” (corrugated, masonite, plexi, plywood, foamcore covered w/ clear contact paper etc) 
  • Eraser: White Plastic and/or “Kneaded”
  • Sketchbook or notebook
  • Hair dryer (optional)
  • 2B pencil  
  • 6-12 reference photographs from your vacations or magazines                  
  • Paper Towel, Tissues & Masking Tape will be provided

If you are purchasing things for the first time, may I recommend Cheap Joe's Art Stuff in Boone, North Carolina: 800-227-2788 

Kits can be purchased in advance from Ann for $70 and include:

  • (4) 5ml tubes of Grumbacher
  • Academy watercolors
  • 2 full sheets of Arches 100% rag cold-press watercolor paper
  • 4 synthetic watercolor brushes: (3/4” flat, #6 & #14 rounds 1 script liner)
  • 1 folding watercolor palette
  • A sponge, pencil, eraser
  • Support board

You will need to bring 2 water containers, an old toothbrush, a small misting spray bottle and a sketchbook or notebook.

Kits may be rented (in advance) for $25. 

To purchase a kit or if you have any questions call or e-mail Ann 518-658-2960 /

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Ann Kristin Lindsay

Ann Kristin Lindsay, author of Watercolor: A New Beginning: A Holistic Approach to Painting, teaches us that watercolor is a medium that likes to be played with, and that art is the voice of the soul, a personal and individual expression that is not to be judged. Her aim is to help us rediscover the unfettered creative spirit of our childhood.