Gary Friedman works mostly in watercolors but has experience in oils, pastels, pen and ink and gouache. His landscapes and street scenes, done in impressionistic style, use negative and positive shapes, a warm color palette and techniques that push the limits of traditional watercolor.
He received a B.A. degree in instrumental music from Cal. Univ. of Northridge and a Master’s degree in Education from LaVerne Univ. He’s taught art, ceramics, band and orchestral music for 36 years in public schools. His summers found him traveling to painting workshops all over the world. He’s a member of several art organizations including Santa Clarita Artist’s Association (program chair), Valley Watercolor Society, Westlake Village Art Guild, Simi Valley Art Association, Mid Val Art Association, Thousand Oaks Art Association, Watercolor Society of West Texas, California Art Club, National Watercolor Society, North West Watercolor Association and American Art Association. His YouTube channel “Crazy Brushstrokes”, features short tutorials on painting, design and composition.
In his demo, he painted another version of his friend Tony the crepe maker from his recent trip to France. Gary also teaches a weekly art class via Zoom. His website is garyfriedmanart.com and Instagram account is prolific_gary. e has created several “movie-ettes’ of his painting process and have geared these demos specifically for MVAL. He discussed composition techniques and the principles of design as he workedand included tips I’ve used from my many years studying with watercolor masters. Shown here are pure gouache, one on cardboard and one on watercolor paper. H