Missoula Public Library | 301 East Main Missoula MT 59802 | (406) 721-2665 | M-W 10am-9pm | Th-Sa 10am-6pm | Su 1-5pm

During this weekly ONLINE class, local artist Robert Peltzer will help you practice and develop the skills and techniques necessary to enjoy and succeed at watercolor painting. New painting lessons and assignments are posted every Friday. As assignments are submitted via the internet, feedback and support is provided. This class is open to adults ages 18 and older. For questions, e-mail Robert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  





MYRT WESTPHAL: Watercolor painting classes longest attending member, has been working hard with a local doctor friend to help him prepare an application to the FDA. The application is to get approval to test this doctors protocol for reducing the seriousness of the response to COVID-19 by the most severely affected patients. She says the vocabulary words are like alphabet soup and the way of writing an FDA application is unique. 

TECHNICAL DIFICULTIES: You should know that there have been occasions in the past when I thought I might not be able to upload the next class in time because of computer, internet and software problems. If there are ever any delays in communications or if the class is ever late, please know that technical problems are the likely cause and that I am doing my best to remedy and remove the hurdles. I mention this because I had considerable difficulty this week with computer gear and the internet. 

DIANNE2's ART STUDIO: I thought you would like to see a proper art studio, the following studio belongs to Dianne2 -wow! laughing


HOMEWORK REVIEW:  Last weeks homework assignment was to paint a favorite nook plein-air style. Dori (class President) could you please have Karen whistle real loud it's time to begin laughing


Dianne reference photo


 Dianne2 reference photo (side of her art studio)




Dori reference photo 


 Dot reference photo


Genie reference photo 


Ingrid reference photo


 Janice reference photo







Myrt reference photo







It's summer time in Missoula, it's hot and some painters are hosting out of town company, while others are traveling to distant places. Thank you for continuing your painting practice during this active time of year. That was a fun show! thank you everybody! (clap!-clap!-clap!)   


EYE TRAINING SKETCH: I am featuring Karen and Genies' sketch from last week because they did such a good job of attracting the viewers eyes to the mouth area and making the mouth area the focal point of their eye training sketches. Also, I though they did a great job of capturing the ferociousness expression -Good eye Karen and Genie! (-clap! -clap! -clap!) 


Today's eye training sketch involves noticing and creating very subtle shading with your pencils. As you sketch, the following robotic face, notice and copy the subtle shading involved when sketching a white face on white paper. Don't forget that you can use your finger or a tissue to smudge and create smooth even shading and that you can use and eraser to easily remove any smudging over-runs.

Send a photo of your completed sketch to my email address above -some time before Thursday.



THEORY: 'Key and Analogous Colors' The key color is the main color you choose for a typical painting. It could be a primary, secondary, or tertiary color, but it is the one that you want to accent or focus on throughout your piece. Examples might include a blue sky, a green forest, or an orangey cliff side. Analogous colors are located on either side of the 'key color' along the color wheel. They tend to represent color schemes that are found in nature, and are visually calming and serene. Be careful however, because the overuse of analogous colors can make your painting seem dull and uninteresting. So avoid relying on them too much unless that is the feel you are aiming for.


PRACTICE PAINTING:  This week I am featuring Kathleen's practice painting because she made some sound and interesting artistic choices when choosing what to add and what to leave out of her painting -Good editing and simplifying Kathleen!  (clap!-clap!-clap!) 



Today we are going to practice painting the delicate cotton flower. There are many styles and approaches to painting cotton flowers. Most styles use light watery colors for the cotton itself and gradual color layering and building for the darker pods and stems. Watch and follow the linked 5 minute video -you may wish to use fast forwarding (CLICK HERE)  

Send a photo of your completed practice painting to my email address above -some time before Thursday.  


HOMEWORK FOR JULY 3rd (send before Thursday)   This weeks assignment is to paint the following Texas cotton farmer alongside his combine harvester. This painting will require considerable careful preliminary sketching. The addition of color will be simpler because it is mostly wet on dry and layering (lots of hard edges - very little color blending) First, pay particular attention to accurate sketching. Second, to the direction of the light as you lay in your colors and third, don't forget to include his BIC pen.  laughing -Robert