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Kate Lagaly Workshop

Enhancing Your Art with Backgrounds

For those of us who paint and draw our subjects close-up, backgrounds can sometimes elude us. Does this need a background? What do we put there?  Kate has some ideas on this subject and some really fun techniques for you to try.  She will discuss her process using a slide show of examples.  She will also demonstrate adding a background to an existing subject (in watercolor) and we will make textures together in various mediums that can be used in your backgrounds (and on your subjects as well).

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Texture slideshow, link:


Backgrounds slideshow, link:


Photos of the demo textures, link:


Painting a background video, link:

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Enhancing Your Art with Backgrounds

For the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators- Carolinas Chapter via Zoom
February 20th, 2022

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