Virtual Watercolor Workshop May 17, 18 & 19

Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshops


with French Escapade and Evelyn Dunphy

“Paint Live from your home with Evelyn and fellow artists”

White Peonies in a Swedish Vase

May 17, 18 & 19th

9:00 am – 12:00 noon PDT

12 noon – 3:00 pm EDT

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Atlantic ST

Three sessions 3 hours each

with follow up with Evelyn as wished

How many flower paintings are there in the world! We must dream up a personal interpretation, with our choice of flowers, the arrangement and lighting – what is included, what is omitted. In my imagination, it is the light that makes a subject worthy of a painting.

I cut peonies every summer and carry them around looking for good spots to take photos. This time I found it in the kitchen window where the afternoon light was streaming in. I brought the little blue table in and put the flowers on it. I watched as the light changed, and eventually, the reflections appeared. Voila! So exciting!

Here is our reference photo.

To sign up for the class, just go to “Book A View”

Composition is the first and most important consideration., Backlighting makes the image more dramatic. The dark values down the right hand side and along the base are a good example of “repoussoir”, the classic design principle in which a subject can be “framed” within the picture plane. Squint to see this more clearly.

How do you paint a white peony in the shadow? What is the “right” color for the shadowed areas of the white peonies.

Above is an example of a painting of peonies with very strong backlighting.

In this workshop I will be painting on paper which I have stretched over wooden stretchers, as used for canvas. Here are the reasons that I enjoy this surface so much. If you would like to try this, instructions and a short video will be sent to show you how to stretch the paper. However, if you prefer, you are welcome to use unstretched paper instead.

If you have any questions, please send me an email at I will hope to see you in this workshop!

To sign up, just go to “Book A View”

I’m very happy to include this review from an artist who has taken several workshops with me.

Thank you for another spectacular class. I’ve learned more from the workshops I’ve attended with you than I have in the collocation of books I’ve acquired over the past year or so and all the videos I’ve watched online combined. I’m grateful for your steady guidance at every step.

Annemarie Fowler

Happy Painting!


Evelyn Dunphy Studio

596 Fosters Point Road

West Bath, ME 04530

207-443-5045 (home)

207-449-7057 (cell)