Vol. 3 - #1 Winter 2017
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Stan Kurth, NWS

GCWS Workshop Day 3 during the critique
One of Marlene's paintings cropped

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you're doing well this new year. The year got off to a very good start for me with the teaching of a three day workshop in Fort Lauderdale for Gold Coast Watercolor Society. I made a lot of new friends and without a doubt this was one of the best experiences I've ever had teaching a workshop because the students were so good as was their work. I tried something new by having everyone in class (self included) crop one of their paintings to a square format on the last day as an exercise in seeing a different way and I think the results were a surprise to all.

During my stay I enjoyed an excellent night out at Bokamper's with Nancy and her brother Andre, and the last evening there two very good friends came up from Miami and we enjoyed a stroll along Las Olas Blvd, dinner, wine, espresso and Cuban Montecristo #2s. Probably shouldn't have had the espresso because I tossed and turned for most of the night and finally got about an hour and a half of sleep. That's alright I thought, I'll just sleep on the flight back to Phoenix. Wrong! The youngster in the seat in front of me kept slamming his window shade open and shut the entire flight. Later that evening attending my favorite critique group (22 X 30) I nodded off several times. Glad I went though.

I would very much like to thank Teresa Kirk and Susan Hanssen of Gold Coast Watercolor Society for getting me there and making it such a good time with a super group of artists. I certainly enjoyed myself in Florida and I owe that to the energy and passion generated by all in attendance.

Unsure of all the photo credits but think they were taken by Teresa, Dee, Marlene and Jen. I just can't keep track of these things. Thanks to all in case I missed anyone!
GCWS Workshop Day 3 critique
Jen's painting
Day 1, Marks and Watercolor Phase
Yes that's my Bob Ross shirt, a Christmas gift from my daughter Briana. Love it!
Day 2, Gesso and Acrylic Phase
And coffee!
Dinner, wine, espresso and cigars with Mare and Pete
(Mare did not have a cigar!)
I knew there would be plenty of time to read on the flight to Florida so I packed a recent Christmas gift in my carry-on, Clear Seeing Place by Brian Rutenberg. In the past I've recommended one book to all students in my workshops. That book was "Art and Fear" by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Now I will recommend two books. I couldn't put Clear Seeing Place down the entire flight from Phoenix to Fort Lauderdale. I dog-eared numerous pages and that first night at the hotel underlined many passages and quoted from the book on more than one occasion during the workshop over the next 3 days. This book is the best book I have ever read on the subject of becoming and/or being an artist. If you are serious about painting, BUY IT AND READ IT!!! The book was designed to compliment his popular YouTube "Studio Visits", so you'll want to check those out too.
Clear Seeing Place
by Brian Rutenberg 

Recent Work

Coastal Anxiety #17
36 X 36 inches
Graphite, Charcoal, Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas
Coastal Anxiety #18
14 X 14 inches
Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
Windowpane #7
14 X 14 inches
Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper

Windowpane #8
21 X 14 inches
Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
(demo for Gold Coast Watercolor Society)
Coastal Anxiety #16
14 X 14 inches
Charcoal, Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
Windopane #6
14 X 14 inches
Charcoal, Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
Windopane #9
22 X 16 inches
Charcoal, Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper

Loner #13
21 X 14 inches
Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
Loner #12
21 X 14 inches
Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper

Freedom in Watermedia

This workshop is designed to teach students to paint in an intuitive manner starting with no preconceived notion or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Emotions and feelings will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement color, texture, line, shape and value. Instruction will start with arbitrary mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque building layers using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between shape, texture, line, color and value. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is a painting that is aesthetically pleasing, unique and reflective of the artist's mind. 

AWA Meeting Presentation/Demo - March 9, 2017
Arizona Artists Guild Building, 18411 N. 7th Ave.,  Phoenix AZ 
7:00 PM to 9:00PM

Arizona Watercolor Association - March 11, 2017
Arizona Artists Guild Building, 18411 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 
9:00 AM to 4:00PM
Registration & Information
Call or email Candice Diaz at 602-510-6810,

Arizona Art Supply - April 29, 2017
Watermedia Techniques on Paper (Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso) 
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM with half an hour lunch
Arizona Art Supply - Phoenix is located at 4025 North 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
Contact Stan Kurth

If you or your group are interested in sponsoring a workshop in your area and would like more information about my workshops please reply to this email or inquire through my website.

The following are blog posts published by artists who have taken my workshop and written about the experience.
An artist whose work I admire:
The art of Brian Rutenberg

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