Workshops
Don Trout
One of my workshops in progress at VIVA gallery in
Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley
Generally used
A typical packet of #300 Arches
watercolor paper, rice papers, glue
cup, and brush.
WATERCOLOR AND COLLAGED RICE PAPER
Watercolor
underpainting
Rice paper collage
added
A SAMPLING OF MY FINISHED COLLAGE SQUARES
Discover design shapes for larger paintings
Add texture in a traditional painting
EXPERIMENTING WITH COLLAGE IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO PLAY WITH DESIGN AND COLOR
WATERCOLOR & COLLAGED FOUND PAPERS & "APPROPRIATED IMAGES"
Preparing for the workshop using found
papers, I did a few practice pieces to show
and even sold some. If you decide to try
this, I recommend using acrylic matte
medium to glue in the papers. It requires
less water and dries faster than Elmers glue.
In my demonstration wash, I used color, based
on the photos I had clipped, laid in  an angular
pattern to avoid a static alignment with the
frame. I had planned to leave some of the
background texture and color showing. As I got
along in the composition I wound up covering
almost all of it.
I liked to start with a random
colored background wash
although as it turned out on
this one not much showed
in the finished piece. I like a
8 1/2 x 11" piece of #300
Arches Watercolor paper
or illustration board.
I confess, I scanned in
the pieces of scrap in
Photoshop, created the
design,then used that
composition to glue in the
pieces to complete the
finished piece.
Finishing the painting
"Canyon Symbols"
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Shades of Blue"
"Chaos Controlled"
"In Bloom"
"Endangered Species"
"How Much Time Left?
"Toxic Earth"
"What's Up"
FOUND PAPERS ADDED TO A TRADITIONAL PAINTING

Sometimes, a scrap of newspaper text, a clipped cigarette ad, or a
corporate logo, add just the right statement
I included  this basic description of the mixed media technique I have kept in my  
arsenal for a useful textural addition to a painting . I have demonstrated many times
for art clubs and given successful workshops using it as described here.
A SAMPLING OF SOME OF MY FOUND PAPER COLLAGES
When the Valley Artist's Guild asked me to do a workshop, I came up with an idea, why not a found papers workshop. Participants bring in their favorite old magazines,
clip photos and text, and make up their own compositions. I would demonstrate my technique then they could go to work. A good project for all levels of artistic ability.
I look at these collages as a three step process; a
watercolor under-painting, collage tissues added
using white glue or matte medium, and final glazes
of color and accents to finish the painting.  I don't
always adhere to this formula. Re-collaging and
repainting may often be needed to change direction,
texture, or composition.
This selection, Allegro by Joaquin Turina, as well as
all others on this website, is from Darryl Denning's CD:
Classical Guitar Artistry. His website:
www.denningguitarist.com
The composition of this painting is
from my photo of an old service
station in Los Alamos, California.
Gas was outrageously high at the
time and I was making a statement
with the name"Atomic Fuel" and a
variety of ads on the pumps. The
only living thing in the painting, a
forlorn Raven on the "out of gas"
pump!
My favorite mixed media technique