Hillsbery to offer free watercolor demonstration


Once a year, nationally known watercolor artist Carole Hillsbery invites the community to her Florence Creekside Studio to learn about the magical art of watercolor.

For those who have wondered what it would like to play with watercolor but don’t know the first thing about it or what materials to buy, this informative demonstration will help.

The class will be held Monday, June 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Hillsbery has a passion for bright beautiful color and loves to splash, splatter, scrape, pour and move paint on her paper or canvas and those who choose to sit in front might even wear a splash or two of her paints by the end of the demo.

Such jubilation is at the core of Hillsbery’s artistry and she loves nothing better than to infect and share this joy with her students.

During this free demonstration and class, Hillsbery will paint a fun loose watercolor showing the various techniques and bright colors she uses.

She will also discuss the basics of getting started: what materials to purchase and where, what watercolor is all about, terminology, color washes, color mixing and more.

This is an informal time and geared for those in attendance to ask questions as she is painting.

Hillsbery has helped multiple students conquer their fear of making mistakes by painting wet on wet, or wet on dry, with a lot of splattering and flinging of paint. The technique adds color without the decision of just where to place your brush.

The demo will provide a glimpse into the life of an artist and what you can do with your newfound excitement through this medium. This demo is not geared for more experienced artists.

Future beginner classes will be held in July and August on Thursdays, from 1 to 4 p.m.

To sign up, visit www.carolehills bery.com. Pre-registration is required as there are limited spaces available.

For more information, email Charlene Wilson at [email protected] or call 541-997-8676.

There are also Beginner-Intermediate classes being offered beginning June 8.

Hillsbery is a national award winning artist and signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Arizona Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Her paintings hang in many private collections as well as at the Backstreet Gallery, in Florence; Artists Co-Op in Lincoln City, and Earthworks Gallery in Yachats.