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Vol.6 - #3 Summer 2020
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Stan Kurth, NWS

My brother, Stephen Alden Kurth, April 3, 1951 -  June 17, 2020

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you are doing well and staying safe as we continue to endure this pandemic. 

The picture above is of my brother, Steve. He took his last breath on Wednesday, June 17th. I'm having some struggles, but knowing we had a good relationship throughout our lives, resplendent with fond memories, makes it a tad less difficult. I'm dedicating this newsletter to the memory of Steve.

I've started something new. I recently ran out of my usual sketch books (Canson Watercolor 140 lb. spiral bound) which I use for color sketches using ink, watercolor and gouache. I was looking through a three year old black and white sketch book (ink only) when I suddenly had the desire to color one of the sketches using watercolor and gouache. I was very pleased with the result and enjoyed doing it so much I decided to color the entire book. I'm not all the way through yet. Some are altered a great deal and some not too much. The images below are from what I'm calling the "Revised" series. They're all titled with the original black and white date and then the revised color date. I hope you enjoy them. They are also for sale, same price and size as the small daily paintings I've been doing for several years. These small daily paintings from the watercolor sketchbooks are $60, shipped anywhere in the United States. See details below under "Sketchbook Paintings".

I'm still including the "Good Reading" list and a link to my interview with Kelly Anne Powers at Learn to Paint Podcast. If you want some insight into my process and a little of my painting philosophy, take a listen. Also, further down you'll find something new I'm working on. 

Stay safe out there!
 

5.26.2017-revised-5.30.2020
5.27.2017A-revised-5.30.2020
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5.28.2017-revised-5.30.2020
5.29.2017-revised-5.31.2020
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5.31.2017-revised-6.1.2020
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6.3.2017A-revised-6.4.2020
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6.7.2017-revised-6.9.2020
6.10.2017-revised-6.9.2020.
6.11.2017-revised-6.10.2020
6.15.2017-revised-6.10.2020
6.17.2017-revised-6.13.2020
6.18.2017-revised-6.14.2020
6.22.2017-revised-6.14.2020
6.23.2017-revised-6.16.2020
6.25.2017-revised-6.18.2020
6.28.2017-revised-6.18.2020

Good Reading

The following are books which I like a lot, influenced my thinking or were instrumental in clearing a path on my journey as a painter.
  1. Clear Seeing Place, by Brian Rutenberg
  2. Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking,  by David Bayles and Ted Orland
  3. Learn Watercolor the Edgar Whitney Way, by Ron Ranson
  4. Watercolor Masters and Legends, by Betsy Dillard Stroud
  5. Universal Principles of Art, by John A. Parks
  6. Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, by Austin Kleon
  7. Master Class in Watercolor, by Edward Betts
  8. The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

Recent Paintings

Coastal Anxiety No.38  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Acrylic and Ink on Paper
Windowpane No.49  -  14 X 14 inches  - Acrylic and Ink on Paper
Couple  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Acrylic and Ink on Paper
Coastal Anxiety No.39 -  14 X 14 inches  -  Acrylic and Ink on Paper
Stir-Crazy -  14 X 14 inches  -  Watercolor, Gouache and Ink on Paper


Learn to Paint Podcast


Sketchbook

These color 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. All of those posted here were available when this newsletter was sent. If you're interested in making a purchase please contact me here. ($60 shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.)
 
8 X 8 inches square on a 12 X 9 inch Canson Watercolor Sketchbook page
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5.16.2020
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5.20.2020
5.21.2020
5.22.2020
5.24.2020

Workshops
 

Something New on the Horizon

After losing one after another workshops to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, I'm looking into teaching online. I so enjoy teaching in person, but I'm not too sure that will happen any time soon. I'm planning an online introductory class on intuitive sketching with ink, watercolor and gouache. I'm still in the process of getting acquainted with the platform so stay tuned for further information. When I'm ready I'll post details on my website and social media. Please give me your thoughts on online courses, if you've taken any, taught any or are thinking about taking or teaching one in the future.

 

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:

Fanciscan Life Process Center - September 15-17, 2020
Still on the schedule - I'm hoping it will be a go - 3 spots left
Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas Workshop
11650 Downes Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Registration

Alabama Art Colony - October 2-7, 2020 - CANCELED
Children's Harbor, Lake Martin, Alabama
Registration

Artensity Art Workshops - November 11-13, 2020 (tentatively on hold)
Freedom in Watermedia and Collage
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Registration

Kanuga Watermedia Workshops - April 10-16, 2021
Intuitive Painting with Watercolor, Gouache and Ink
Kanuga Conference Center, North Carolina
Registration

Waterloo Watercolor Group - May 3-6, 2021
Intuitive Painting with Watercolor, Gouache and Ink
Austin, Texas
Registration information coming soon

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society  -  October 18-22, 2021
Freedom in Watermedia
Buffalo, New York 
Registration

Northwest Watercolor Society - October 2022
Seattle, WA
Registration information will be available early 2020 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.

 
Aardvark circa 1965/66
Lead guitar: Steve Kurth
Drummer (lead vocals): Jerry Lane
Keyboard: Stan Kurth
Bass: Owen Peterson



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