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Vol. 4 - #5 Fall 2018 #2
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Stan Kurth, NWS

98th National Watercolor Society Open International Exhibition
Jean Pederson, Yours Truly, Renee Hawk
photo by Mahlon Hawk

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

October was a busy month with trips to Lake Martin, Alabama for the 2018 Alabama Art Colony and later in the month a drive to Los Angeles (San Pedro) for the 98th National Watercolor Society Open International Exhibition, which included a meet and greet Friday night, sponsor tables, a special presentation by Derek Robertson of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, NWS annual board meeting, recognition luncheon and the opening reception. I got to see some of the best watermedia work in the world. It's funny, every time I'm in the presence of so much good work at one of these NWS events I just want to look at the imagery for long periods of time, but alas I always end up talking more than looking. That's fine because it's really good to meaningful conversation with other artists.
 
Mikhail Starchenko (Russia), Derek Robertson (Scotland), Me, Geoff McCormack
Outside the National Watercolor Society Gallery
Photo by Karen Heidler
National Watercolor Society Gallery, San Pedro, California
Photo by Mathew Bird
The wrath and path of Michael
The trip to Alabama was not without a little added excitement as hurricane Michael bore down on the coast and finally hit land right at the same time I was scheduled to depart from Montgomery. There was quite a bit of wind and rain but nothing too severe. In the image above Montgomery is right there where the yellow turns to green in the middle of Alabama. The flight back to Phoenix was cancelled and I was lucky to get the last room at a Holiday Inn in Montgomery. Hotels were full because people from the evacuation areas were moving inland and Montgomery was a close enough area to get to quickly and out of the core path of the hurricane. So I spent an extra day in Montgomery.

Alabama Art Colony takes place on the shores of Lake Martin at Children's Harbor. It's a perfect setting for a workshop with delicious meals served three times a day, comfortable cabins, beautiful views of the lake, super friendly/helpful staff and enthusiastic students. Every year for a week this event happens at Children's Harbor on Lake Martin. There are many repeat students and I can see why. Students can pick from three instructors, each with a different classroom. The mixed media group is up on the hill in the Activity Center (pictured below). That's where I taught. These were students who didn't mind stepping out of the box and venturing out into new realms. In the mornings and/or evenings I enjoyed a cigar down by the lake. Breakfast was at 7:30 every morning and classes started a 9. Then there was a lunch break at noon and class would resume at 2. That seems like a long lunch but that left plenty of time to fraternize with the other instructors and students. Classes would wind down at 5 and dinner was at 5:30. I think all but one night there was some type of activity to participate in around 7:00. If you wanted you could go back to the class and paint. In fact you could paint all night if you wanted. the activity center was lit up all night most of the time. Several of my students worked late into the night.

I would like to thank my assistants who volunteered to help me during the critique. Catie Radney took closeup photos of the images alone. Barbara Simpson took the photos you see below of each student with images they selected for the critique and Joan Givens was in charge of matting the images for each round in the critique.

There are quite a few images below but If you're like me you like seeing other artists' work. There were no beginners in the class.

 
Relaxing view where I enjoyed a cigar in the morning or evening.
The Activity Center 
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson
photo by Barbara Simpson's camera
photo by Barbara Simpson


From My Sketchbook

More of the daily paintings. They're roughly 8 X 8 inches square on a 12 X 9 inch sheet in a Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook, signed and dated right below the square. You can find more here and here on my website. If you're interested in purchasing one or two or a dozen, please contact me here. ($60 shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.)
 
10.26.2018
10.25.2018
10.23.2018
10.21.2018
10.17.2018
10.15.2018
10.12.2018
9.23.2018
9.2.2018
9.24.2018
9.17.2018
9.12.2018

Recent Painting

Windowpane #18  -  21 X 14 inches  -  Charcoal, Crayon, Oil Pastel, Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on paper.
 

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

National Watercolor Society 98th International Exhibition
October 4th - December 16th, 2018
Opening Reception October 20th
NWS Gallery
915 South Pacific Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90731

Terravita Art League Instructors' Art Exhibit
September 15th - November 11th, 2018
Terravita Desert Pavilion Community Center
Scottsdale, AZ

 

Freedom in Watermedia Workshops


Freedom in Watermedia Workshops will help students paint intuitively, starting with no preconceived notion or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. The process 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 which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic. 
 
Mixed it up on Canvas Workshops

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 or elaborate planning. The process will dictate direction as students use a variety of collage materials and techniques to implement color, texture (real and implied), line, shape and value. 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 as work progresses concerning relationships between design elements and principles. The goal is a mixed media/collage painting which is visually pleasing and aligned with the artist’s personal aesthetic.

Upcoming Workshops:

Arizona Art Supply - November 3rd, 2018
Freedom in Watermedia Workshop
4025 North 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
Registration

Terravita Art League (2 days) - January 23rd & 30th, 2019
Mix it up on Canvas Workshop
Terravita Desert Pavilion Community Center
Scottsdale, AZ
Registration

San Diego Watercolor Society  -  February 11-14, 2019
Freedom in Watermedia Workshop
SDWS Gallery, San Diego, CA
Registration

Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona - March 6-8, 2019
Freedom in Watermedia Workshop
Saint Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church
4625 E. River Road
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Registration

Oregon Society of Artists  -  August 12-15, 2019
Freedom in Watermedia Workshop
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon   97205
Registration

Artensity Art Workshops - October 28-30, 2019
Freedom in Watermedia Workshop
Ann Arbor, MI
Registration

Fanciscan Life Process Center - June 11-13, 2020
Mix it up on Canvas Workshop
11650 Downes Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Registration

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.

 
Testimonials
 
 



An artist whose work I admire:
Melinda Cootsona
Pink Light  -   20” x 20” Oil on Panel

In parting I would like to extend my wishes to all of you for a wonderful holiday season. Stay safe out there! 



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