"In a Fog" A Demonstration by Joel Popadics for the American Watercolor Society

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6 pm - 8 pm

Joel Popadics will be giving a painting demonstration for the American Watercolor Society at the Salmagundi Club on Wednesday, April 18th from 6 pm - 8 pm. This special event, which is open to the public, is a part of the Society's "Watercolor Evenings 2018."

Inspired by Winslow Homer's watercolor, "Adirondack Lake," Joel Popadics has always been intrigued by mist and fog. A "self-confessed follower of fog" Joel loves to paint haze, mist, and all sorts of atmospheric effects. Having spent a great deal of time painting in Northern New England, he has seen all kinds of weather and moody effects. For this year's demonstration, Joel will share his experience and demonstrate how he is able to capture the elusive feeling of fog. He will paint a coastal scene on a double elephant sized watercolor (28" x 40") using a limited palette of color.

"I love fog. I love to experience it, and I especially enjoy painting when I am engulfed in it. I'm reminded of an old black and white Sherlock Holmes movie in which the action was set in foggy, misty weather. The weather added extra suspense to the moment. Likewise, moody weather makes a great subject for a painting and adds mystery to our work. Fog simplifies and obscures creating simple silhouette shapes."

Joel's watercolors, often described as "tranquil and peaceful" are based upon his plein air sketches. He paints in the grand tradition and employs a layering watercolor technique. When painting mist and fog, he starts with large bold washes that resolve the lightest, largest and distant elements of the picture. Later in the process he often includes a little gum Arabic into his mixtures; which suspends the particles of pigment, giving the paint a "transparent" look. He then progressively paints richer and darker values to depict the closer elements.

For more information visit the American Watercolor Society's website. Please arrive early, as there is limited seating. A small fee of five dollars will be charged.

The American Watercolor Society
Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 206-8986