Andy Evansen from Minnesota taught the workshop. I was so lucky to find out about it and get one of the last spots. I knew of Andy's beautiful watercolors from his postings on Facebook so when I heard about the class in my area I signed up.
I'll share one of the paintings I did in the class. It's from a photo of mine shot at Lotusland in Montecito, CA. A year later, I would paint this differently I think. Andy taught us to paint a value study (using Payne's Gray) as a first step before starting a painting, and he did the same before each of his demos. Must say, a value painting or sketch really helps with planning the values, and I don't consistently do that. I'll share a couple photos of Andy, one with his really nice value study. Since the workshop was in Long Beach, one day after class we walked to a nearby marina so we could watch Andy paint a plein air piece. Even though the sun was going down quickly he took the time to paint a value study. I hope I can take another class from Andy sometime.