Sterling Edwards
Abstract and Landscape
Dec 1-5, 2014
10:00-4:00 P.M.

Sterling Edwards Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watercolor master born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1951. In 1985 he began studying transparent watercolors and was captivated by the freshness and luminosity of the medium. Influenced by watercolor master and friend Zoltan Szabo, Sterling spent several years developing his own unique style of painting with watercolors.

A blaze of gloryPrimarily using large flat brushes, Sterling focuses on the design of the subject and the patterns of light and dark as the foundation for his paintings. Then he begins a process of conveying his thoughts and impressions with stylized shapes, bold lights and darks, and dramatic color rhythms. The result is an expressive painting that is often a balance of abstract and representational design capturing the mood and dynamics of the subject while presenting an individual and personal interpretation.

An Oregon Morning Sterling was a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic Magazine in an article titled, “Ones to watch” and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles throughout the US and Canada. In 2007, he was elected as a signature member of the renowned Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, an international organization that recognizes those who have mastered transparent watercolors.

Books and BottlesAlso in 2007 Sterling designed and introduced a signature set of watercolor brushes and a watercolor palette that are marketed internationally. He is the author of the book “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”, published by F&W Publications and is a featured artist in the book “Best of Watermedia in America, Volume II”, published by Kennedy Publishing Company.

Cantonese FarmIn October 2008, Sterling became a founding member of “The Rusty Nail Painters”, an international invitational group of professional artists that meets every other year a week of plein air painting, critiques, and discussions on art. Sterling was awarded a signature membership in the revered Transparent Watercolor Society of America in May, 2010 and was a featured artist in the June, 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine.

Fog in the BogMany of Sterling’s original paintings reside in private and corporate collections worldwide and he is represented by several galleries in the U.S and Canada. He works from his home studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Pueblos in the Moon Light

Artists Statement
“As a visual artist, I am constantly stimulated by the never ending variety of shapes and colors that surround us. It’s not enough just to replicate what I see but rather to interpret. Combining form with color relationships and bold values, I feel compelled to express my thoughts and emotions with strong, and often stylized, shapes. What I feel about the subject draws me to the brush. I have painted the monumental to the insignificant, each with equal passion. It all begins with an idea and a burning passion to create and express. That is the true artist. Everything else is merely technique.”

Sterling Edwards

Sterling Edwards' Material List

PAPER: Good cold pressed watercolor paper. Sterling uses 140# and 300# cold pressed Fabriano Artistico Traditional White and Arches 300# cold pressed paper.

BRUSHES: Recommended brushes are: a #4, #5, #8 round watercolor brush, and a liner or rigger brush. Flat brushes should include a l/2", 1" and large wetting brush, possibly a 2-1/2" or 3" inexpensive flat brush. One or two flat bristle brushes such as oil painting brushes should also be brought to the workshop. They are excellent for lifting shapes and blending edges. Sterling uses the brushes that he designed, the Sterling Edwards Blending and Glazing brushes.

PAINT: Professional grade watercolor paints are recommended. Select a wide variety of at least 12 to 14 transparent colors. NOTE: For best results with Sterling’s techniques, make sure the paints are transparent. Sterling’s palette has the following Maimeri Blu colors:

  • Permanent Yellow Lemon
  • Indian Yellow
  • Orange lake
  • Avignon Orange
  • Primary Red Magenta
  • Payne's Gray
  • Green Blue
  • Cupric Green Deep
  • Golden Lake
  • Brown Still de Grain
  • Permanent Red Deep
  • Primary Blue Cyan
  • Permanent Green Deep
  • Cupric Green Deep

PALETTE: Good watercolor palette with a lid. There are many styles to choose from. Sterling uses the palette that he designed, The Sterling Edwards Big Brush Palette.

  • Drawing pad
  • Drawing pencil
  • Roll of toilet tissue
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Box of facial tissue
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Reference photos
  • Two containers for water
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Mounting board for your paper
  • Camera for photographing demos (Video recording cameras are strictly prohibited.)
  • Anything else you think you will need

If you have other questions about this workshop, please contact:
Judy Campbell