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Watercolor Memory Lane: Jerry Ford Golf Invitational Part I

An Experience to Remember...

In early 1982 the promoters of The Jerry Ford Golf Invitational contacted me to inquire if I was interested in creating a commemorative watercolor painting of the golf tournament.  They insisted, because I was known for my numerous paintings and prints of Colorado, that I was the certain nominee to create the painting.  One problem…  all, and I do mean all of my paintings were snow scenes and I didn’t even own a tube of green paint!  With trepidation I agreed to do the painting and immediately purchased a few tubes of various greens with which to experiment.  I always use Winsor & Newton watercolor tubes and I settled on Sap Green*  and Hooker’s green** for the golf course greens (I sometimes use Winsor Green mixed with a little Brown Madder to create an evergreen color.  I never seem to use any color straight out of the tube, always altering it a little, or a lot, to create a warmer or cooler color.)

 Jerry Ford

Jerry Ford

I painted a nice watercolor for the 1982 Tournament and it was reproduced in a limited edition.  Twenty five (I think) of the prints were hand signed by numerous celebrities and golf participants.  It was so much fun sitting with these famous people and asking them to sign the prints!  My son Kevin recalls Clint Eastwood even challenged him to a fun game of Pack Man after signing the prints!  The original and celebrity signed prints were all auctioned off with the proceeds going to charity.

 Jerry Ford Golf Invitational Watercolor by Linda Roberts

Jerry Ford Golf Invitational Watercolor by Linda Roberts

What an amazing experience. However, there is more...stay tuned  for Part II!