RALEIGH
WATERCOLOR
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Enchanting Nature: Watercolor Painting Meetup Inspired by Foliage

Enchanting Nature: Watercolor Painting Meetup Inspired by Foliage

Saturday 22 June
Ashe Ave - 10am - 2 Hours
Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi
Dive into the captivating world of watercolor with our Foliage and Nature Painting workshop. This immersive session is designed to guide you through the art of portraying the intricate beauty of nature. Explore the vibrant colors and varied textures of foliage and plants, while mastering watercolor techniques to achieve breathtaking effects. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to enhance your skills and bring your creative visions to life. Secure your spot today and start your journey towards creating mesmerizing pieces of art inspired by the natural world.
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Dusk Horizons: Watercolor Landscapes Meetup

Dusk Horizons: Watercolor Landscapes Meetup

Saturday 29 June
Duraleigh Rd - 10am - 2 Hours
Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi
Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of twilight vistas at our Dusk Horizons: Watercolor Landscapes Meetup. Join us for an enriching experience where you'll learn to paint stunning skies and experimental landscapes, delve into color theory, and master various techniques for creating mesmerizing nightscapes. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned artist, this class offers the perfect opportunity to refine your skills and unleash your creativity against the backdrop of twilight's splendor. Don't miss out on this chance to explore the art of watercolor painting while capturing the magic of dusk's horizons!
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$43      
Fluttering Colors: Watercolor Butterfly Painting Meetup

Fluttering Colors: Watercolor Butterfly Painting Meetup

Saturday 06 July
Blue Ridge Rd - 10am - 2 Hours
Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi
Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of butterflies with our "Fluttering Colors: Watercolor Butterfly Painting Meetup." Join us as we embark on a journey to capture the exquisite hues and delicate patterns of these magnificent creatures on canvas. In this class, we'll delve into the mesmerizing spectacle of real butterflies fluttering around us, providing inspiration and insight into their vibrant colors and intricate details. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to hone your watercolor skills while connecting with the beauty of nature. Don't miss out on this chance to unleash your creativity and bring the magic of butterflies to life on paper.
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$47      

Artistic Waters: Embracing the Flow - A Watercolor Exploration for All Levels

Artistic Waters: Embracing the Flow - A Watercolor Exploration for All Levels

Saturday 13 July
Lead Mine Rd - 10am - 2 Hours
Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi
Dive into the world of watercolor painting with our inclusive meetup, welcoming artists of all levels from beginners to experts. Experience a supportive environment where beginners can grasp fundamental techniques, unlock creativity, and cultivate a deep appreciation for the beauty of watercolor art. Under the guidance of seasoned instructors, participants will explore color blending, refine brushstrokes, and translate their visions onto paper. Beyond skill development, our meetup fosters personal growth, relaxation, and connections with fellow art enthusiasts. Whether you seek therapeutic release, a new hobby, or wish to explore your artistic potential, our Beginner's Watercolor meetup offers inspiration, encouragement, and community. Join us and let your creativity flow!

In this class, our instructor will assist each student in creating a personal masterpiece of their choosing, this means the instructor will help you out with a theme or subject you already have in mind in order to give creative liberty to each individual.
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$47      
Blossoms in Bloom: Watercolor Painting Plants and Flowers Meetup

Blossoms in Bloom: Watercolor Painting Plants and Flowers Meetup

Saturday 20 July
Beryl Rd - 10am - 2 Hours
Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi
Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of botanical art with our "Blossoms in Bloom: Watercolor Painting Plants and Flowers Meetup." Join us as we gather to appreciate the intricate beauty of foliage that surrounds us. In this class, we'll take inspiration from the diverse array of plants and flowers in our surroundings, transforming them into stunning watercolor illustrations. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a budding enthusiast, this meetup offers a wonderful opportunity to refine your skills while capturing the essence of nature on paper. Come join us as we celebrate the artistry of flora and unleash our creativity amidst the blossoms in bloom!
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$47      
Watercolor Zine Crafting Meetup

Watercolor Zine Crafting Meetup

Saturday 27 July
University Park - 10am - 2 Hours
Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi
Dive into creativity with our Watercolor Zine Crafting Meetup! Explore the art of zine-making—a unique form of expression combining text, images, and artwork into a personalized pamphlet. In this session, each participant will craft their own zine, akin to a mini book, using watercolor as our primary medium. Unleash your storytelling prowess and bring your narratives to life on paper, creating charming keepsakes infused with your artistic vision. Join us for an inspiring journey of self-expression and creative exploration!
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$47      

ABOUT RALEIGH
WATERCOLOR
GROUP
Come along to our meetups to improve your art in a relaxed and social atmosphere and under the guidance of a professional instructor. Complete beginners to experienced artists all welcome.

Our 2 hour meetups are held in a different location each time, usually outdoors.

Bring your own materials. If you are a complete beginner all you need to start is a set of watercolour paints, brushes, and water container.

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists. The instructor is there to help everyone.

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

Join the Raleigh Watercolor Group on Facebook to share your art and enjoy the art of other locals.
REVIEWS
It was a fun event Majo was knowledgeable about color theory and I learned some new techniques. Can't wait for future events.
5/5
Rosemary
2024-03-24
I enjoyed the beginners class. Especially learning all the techniques and seeing the various effect each can have within a picture. Marie is a good instructor! Her instructions are clear and then she demonstrated. If I was struggling she recognized and came right to my side to show me to accomplish that step. She incorporated shadows and light in our still life exercise. I learned how to mix colors to achieve the shade I was looking for. Overall I learned a lot and had fun in the process
5/5
Judith
2024-03-04
ARTISTS
Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi
Maria is a Sessions College of Art and Design graduate who enjoys painting simple moments that life offers like the sun's rays going through the foliage in the early morning or little droplets of dew in the grass. She enjoys painting anything related to nature or with a nostalgic feeling since she finds a lot of inspiration in nostalgia.

Maria was born in Mexico City and lived there most of her life, she then moved to Argentina for a few years and recently moved to the US. Her art is highly inspired by Mexican Prehispanic Cultures like the Aztecs and Mayans. She has four beautiful cats who accompany her during her creative process so don't be scared to ask her for pictures of them!

Maria Jose Nunez Bonequi is available for private bookings

Available most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm (Private tutoring, portraits, and events!),

PHOTOS
Raleigh Watercolor Group
2024-03-20
Title or Location: Cars of My Youth
I am a retired Ford Motor Co Zone Sales Manager. I have loved cars since I was very small. About two or three years ago I set out to paint a watercolor painting of cars that were part of my family in some way or the other. The middle car, a 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air 4 door was a drawing of my first car which I bought used in 1960. All of the others belonged either to me or a family member except the Red and white 1958 Pontiac Bonneville and the upper right aqua and white 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air Conv
Credit: Frank Leonard

Raleigh Watercolor Group
2024-03-17
Title or Location: Doorway, Castelmuzio, Tuscany
Arches 140 cold pressed watercolor paperDaniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolorsThis was a lovely, quiet spot in a deserted medieval Italian walled town. I?ve been teaching myself to paint with watercolors for the past 12 months. I finally felt I?d learned enough to do this scene justice.
Credit: Kate Tracton
Instagram: Kate_tracton_designs
Raleigh Watercolor Group
2024-03-05
Title or Location: Jeremiah
I'm a novice watercolorist and am learning about color mixing using only red, yellow, and blue, so I chose this reference photo in order to experiment with mixing only red, yellow, and blue to get the greens, blacks, and browns. I also experimented with using the white in a watercolor set to help mute the colors in the water around the frog. If I hadn't needed the set for a recent beginner watercolor class, it wouldn't have occurred to me to use white watercolor. I downloaded the referen
Credit: Darcy Van Heuveln
Facebook: Darcy Van H

Raleigh Watercolor Group
2024-02-27
Title or Location: The Valley Beyond
I almost threw this away. Sometimes I have a hard time "pushing through" a painting that I am doing. I'm tempted to stop and say "this is not good, I won't finish it, it's awful". I painted the sky background a year ago and the painting just sat in a corner. One day I decided to just "play" with this piece of paper and I loved what happened! Quite often I find that I need to let my artwork just cook in a corner. Every once in a while I surprise myself!
Credit: Kathy Butts

Raleigh Watercolor Group
2024-02-27
Title or Location: Lone Oak
After I had joint replacement surgery on my left thumb, my dominant hand, I still wanted to paint. I thought that I'd just play with color using my right hand to wield the brush. To my amazement, I painted with more spontaneity and with a looseness I've been trying to achieve before. Maybe I'm ambidextrous and have only just discovered it (I'm 76).
Credit: Linda R Bahai
Raleigh Watercolor Group
2023-09-04
Title or Location: Cape cod
This is a Facebook tutorial by artist Chris Petri. chrispetri.com
Credit: Bonita McMorris
Facebook: Bonita McMorris
Instagram: Bo.nita527

Sydney Watercolour Group
2024-06-18
Title or Location: Glaciers
This is an image from my imagination. I wanted to create an atmospheric mood.
Credit: David Johnson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.johnson2
Instagram: Communicating Creatively. Also, Light Inspired.
Winston Salem Watercolor Group
2024-06-17
Title or Location: Peacock Feather
I have always been fascinated by the beauty and iridescence of peacock feathers. I painted this small, 5x7, piece as a bit of practice and appreciation.
Credit: Amanda Goins
Facebook: Amanda Goins Art/ https://www.facebook.com/amandagoins44
Instagram: @amandagoins_44/ https://www.instagram.com/amandagoins_44/
Atlanta Watercolor Group
2024-06-17
Title or Location: Tulsa Oklahoma
Deva the cat!
Credit: Patricia Chambers

Portsmouth Watercolour Group
2024-06-17
Title or Location: Watercolour Rhino
I am a self taught artist. I have recently started using watercolour and I?m loving it so far.
Credit: Carole Tambling
Auckland Watercolour Group
2024-06-17
Title or Location: The photo which is referenced in this watercolor was taken at Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park by Kavan Chay which made the cut for the 2024 Milky Way Photographer of the Year international competition.
I have always loved watching the milky way, its the brightest out at sea. I have never been able to capture it with a camera. I had this idea in my head about painting a red house on a lonely hill with the milky way above it showing how small we are compared to the universe. Then I came across this shot taken out at Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park by Kavan Chay and it was like the universe had heard me and given me a reference photo. the watercolor looks nothing like the original photo but I love
Credit: Parizad Dantra
Facebook: Parizad Dantra
Instagram: herc_odie
Bridgeport Watercolor Group
2024-06-13
Title or Location: Flower with Pink and White Petals
Watercolor on Arches 300lb weight 9?x12? Sennelier watercolor paints
Credit: Diana Wendy

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