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Vol.7 - #2 Spring 2021
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Windowpane No.46  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you are doing well and staying safe.

For a year now I've practiced social distancing and followed the guidelines set forth by the CDC. I'm thinking back on this New Year's Day and how great it felt to bid farewell to 2020 and all of its drama. Remember how hard it was to get flour, beans, rice, hand sanitizer, paper towels and toilet paper? Now hand sanitizer is crowding displays and shelves everywhere. Then there was the election with all of its ramifications. So how did 2021 get started? It got started with an  unprecedented storming of the United States Capitol on the 6th of January and a virus spreading at an alarming rate. I began to wonder if 2021 was going to be another year of, separation, virtual openings, online exhibitions and blathering Zoom modulation and distortion? One evening in the middle of January I made spaghetti and set down for dinner with my wife. Something was terribly wrong. I couldn't taste it. There was only the texture of spaghetti and sausage as I chewed desperately trying to stimulate the palate. I stuck my nose in it and couldn't smell it either. This could only mean one thing. So I went and got tested the next morning and yes, I was positive for COVID-19, both the nose swab and saliva test. The nasal swab came back positive that day and the other came back positive a couple days later. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones because the ensuing symptoms were comparatively mild. I had some sinus issues, mild aches and pains, a tightening of the diaphragm and the loss of smell and taste, but fortunately I never had any breathing issues. After testing positive my major concern was for my wife. She has underlying conditions putting her at high risk of hospitalization. We did all we could to separate ourselves within the house but a week later she tested positive. Knowing her risk we went to the hospital where she received the monoclonal antibody infusion. She ended up having no symptoms other than the initial sore throat which went away in a couple of days. I received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine on March 3rd and will get the second dose on April 1st. My wife has to wait until the end of April because it is recommended by the CDC you wait 90 days to be vaccinated if you've had the monoclonal antibody infusion.
All of this virus activity put somewhat of a damper on my painting in February but I'm gaining new momentum, working on a commission and getting back to my daily painting and sketching routines. The commission is for a couple I attended college with at Northern Arizona University in the late sixties.
Thanks to Sarah Yeoman for including the painting above, Windowpane No.46, in the 46th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition, May 6th - June 23rd. The exhibition will be virtual due to the pandemic and can be seen here:

https://utahwatercolor.org/2021/02/19/2021-wfws-exhibition-to-be-virtual/

 Also, I received an email from the sponsor organization Utah Watercolor Society stating I won an award but it won't be disclosed until the virtual opening on May 5th. I suppose it's fitting the 46th painting in the "Windowpane" series would be juried into the 46th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition. Maybe there's numerological significance.
I received an email the Assistant Director of Communications at the Phoenix Art Museum. The email was as follows:

"I’m so pleased to let you know you’ve been nominated to be featured in Phoenix Art Museum’s PhxArtist Spotlight series. A little background on the program – every two weeks, the Museum highlights Valley-based artists and their work on social media and our bilingual blog, where we post a Q&A and images of the artists’ work. We also blast an email to our subscriber list of 60,000+ people, highlighting featured artists from the month...

If you’re interested in taking part in this opportunity, please let me know and I’ll be happy to forward you some initial questions to get the process started. We are currently scheduling for July through September 2021, and I’d love to get you in the queue."
 
Out for a hike.


My Studio

I've never been described as anal retentive. I suppose my paintings are a reflection of my studio, which is a reflection of my personality, which is a reflection of my life. I'm not a slob and I'm not lazy, but f I spend too much time keeping the studio tidy the right brain shuts down. It's hard to keep my studio clean but I'm not complaining. Every now and then I do some cleaning.
 

Recent Paintings

Windowpane No.55  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane No.56  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

Intuitive Sketchbook

I haven't been doing as many intuitive sketches since the middle of January due to a flurry of life-happens incidents. So, I've picked some of my favorites from last year which are still available. These intuitive sketches are ink, watercolor and gouache. They are roughly 8 X 8 inches square on a 12 X 9 inch sheet in a Canson 140 lb. Watercolor sketchbook, signed and dated right below the square as depicted in the image below. If you would like one please contact me here or reply to this newsletter. ($60 shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.) 

Also, if you're interested in the intuitive process I use to create these small paintings, my only online workshop is available. In the workshop there is a start-to-finish painting demonstration of my intuitive process for these sketches. You can also download the supply list and two documents with descriptions of the elements and principles of design. The workshop shouldn't take more than a day to complete, but you can take as much time as you like. Unless you don't want one, I will critique your work when you are ready. You can enroll in the workshop here:

https://learn.watermediaworkshops.com

It's been a slow process but I'm starting to put together another online workshop. This one will be Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas. It will most likely be summer before I have it up. I've lost two workshops this year so far including Kanuga, which I was so much looking forward to.

 
8 X 8 inches square on a 12 X 9 inch Canson Watercolor Sketchbook page
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Workshops


Freedom in Watermedia
 
The Freedom in Watermedia Workshop is designed to help all levels of students paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with random mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque creating a library of design elements 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 elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 

Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas

Participants in the Mix It Up on Canvas workshop will create mixed media/collage paintings on canvas using an intuitive process, starting with no preconceived notions or outcome. Process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with semi-arbitrary application of collage materials in combination with acrylic, gesso, acrylic mediums and assorted mark-making tools. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.


Watercolor, Gouache and Ink

This workshop is designed to help all levels of students paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Process will dictate direction as students use watercolor, ink and gouache to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with random ink marks, then color using a mixture of watercolor, gouache and titanium white gouache to create a library of design elements. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 

Upcoming Presentations/Workshops:

The Intuitive Sketch with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache 
Online
Registration

Franciscan Life Process Center - September 16-18, 2021
Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas Workshop
11650 Downes Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Registration

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society  -  October 18-22, 2021
Watercolor and Gouache
Buffalo, New York 
Registration

Northwest Watercolor Society - October 2022
Seattle, WA
Registration information will be available early 2021 at nwws.org 
 
If you or your group would like to sponsor a workshop in your area and would like more information about workshop costs, please reply to this email or inquire here.



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