Special Report to Blowing Rock News. July 30, 2016. BOONE, NC — Watauga County native, Edwina May, will be the guest demo and workshop artist for the High Country Watermedia Society meeting on Saturday, August 13, at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone, NC. The meeting begins at 9:30am with the demo beginning around 10:30 and the workshop is scheduled from 1—4pm.
In the morning demo, Edwina will share her unique technique for painting lifelike animal fur, in watercolor. The subject/reference for the demo and afternoon workshop will be a cat, but the techniques learned will apply to most breeds of dogs, cats or other animals that have fur.
In the afternoon workshop, Edwina will teach a step-by-step process for painting fur, including the basics of choosing colors, layering, different types and direction of hair, softening & blending, and adding details such as whiskers, etc. The students will complete several small practice pieces before beginning their painting of a cat. To best utilize the afternoon painting time, the class will work on the same subject and size (under 9”x12”), although they will be learning techniques that will apply to their own personal paintings of different subjects and sizes, afterward.
Edwina is a self-taught watercolor artist, specializing in painting animals and “Pet Pawtraits” on commission, in addition to her employment as the Workshop Coordinator for Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone, NC, where she has worked for the past 15 years. She has over 150 original paintings in private art collections across the US. Edwina graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Art Education and K-12 teaching certification from ASU.
In 2000, she was chosen to be the official artist for the NC Public Library system’s annual statewide summer reading program for children and teens. In addition to her animal and landscape paintings, she has painted signs, saw blades, and murals. Her largest undertaking has been painstakingly hand-painting the entire fleet of 30 carousel horses on 2 different occasions, as well as painting the life size detailed mural of a steam locomotive (visible from HWY 321), and the black light mural in the “Mouse Mine” ride at Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park in Plowing Rock. Edwina will also be teaching a 5-day watercolor workshop on painting Pets and Animals at Cheap Joe’s in September.