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Vol.8 - #1 Almost Spring 2022
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Almost Spring

Janet and Briana  -  1985

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you're doing well. With Spring coming shortly, I can hardly wait for the allergens. After a dismal two years of isolation, social distancing, warble laden Zoom modulation and way too much smelling of mask trapped breath, I think we're finally seeing some light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. In the last two years I've taught only two out of state workshops, but have seven scheduled this year. 

The picture above is from 1985, the year my daughter Briana (pictured with my wife, Janet) was born. You can see a painting of a cat hanging high on the wall. The photo was taken in the fall of 1985 and about this time I would have been getting ready to enter the Glendale Arts Commission annual exhibition, which at the time was in downtown Glendale, Arizona. It's now held in the fruit barn at Saguaro Ranch Park in Glendale. My entry was this pastel painting and it was purchased by the Commission. In the years since I had no idea what they did with it. A decade ago I found a catalog of all the art in the Glendale collection, and my painting was included but its location was listed as unknown. That all changed when I received an email from Lisa Amos via my website contact form. Lisa works for the City of Glendale in the Engineering Department on the 3rd floor of Glendale City Hall. She was interested in a painting hanging in the counter area of the department and even inquired whether it could be purchased. When they told her it couldn't, she proceeded to do some research and landed on my website. She contacted me and wanted to know if I had something similar or could paint another one like it. I plan on visiting it there in the engineering department sometime in the near future and maybe chat a bit with Lisa, but I turned down the commission opportunity. Not doing commissions is another story for another newsletter in a galaxy far far away. I do them every once in awhile, but only for someone I'm very close to.
Glendale City Hall
White Cat and Stripe - 1985 - Pastel
Engineering Department, 3rd floor - Glendale City Hall
Briana 36 years later

Recent Paintings

Coastal Anxiety No.41 -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Coastal Anxiety No.40 -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Loner No.28  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane No.69  -  24 X 24 inches  -  Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas
Windowpane No.70  -  24 X 24 inches  -  Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas
Windowpane No.71  -  24 X 24 inches  -  Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas

Current Exhibitions

San Diego Watercolor Society
Member Triennial Show (virtual)
Online February 15 to March 15, 2022

Intuitive Sketches

These sketches are created with 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 or 90 lb. Mixed Media sketchbook, signed and dated right below the square as depicted in the image below. If you would like one please contact me at stan.kurth@gmail.com or reply to this newsletter. At the time this newsletter was sent all of those shown here were available. ($60 shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.) 

If you're interested in learning the intuitive process I use to create these sketches my only online workshop to date 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. You can enroll in the workshop here: https://learn.watermediaworkshops.com

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Workshops

"Like a researcher in his laboratory, I am the first spectator of the suggestions drawn from the materials. I unleash their expressive possibilities, even if I do not have a very clear idea of what I am going to do. As I go along with my work I formulate my thought, and from this struggle between what I want and the reality of the material - from this tension - is born an equilibrium."   -  Antoni Tapies
 
Art Center Sarasota  -  March 14 - 16, 2022
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Sarasota, Florida
Registration

Kanuga Watemedia Workshops  -  March 26 - April 1, 2022
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Kanuga Conference Center, North Carolina
Registration

Arizona Art Supply  -  April 22, 2022
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Arizona Art Supply
16th Street and Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Registration & Supply List

Arizona Art Supply  - May 13th, 2022
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Arizona Art Supply
16th Street and Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
Registration & Supply List

Franciscan Life Process Center  -  July 13 - 16, 2022
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Lowell, Michigan
Registration

Chicago Workshop  -  September 26 - 25, 2022
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
INGRID ORIGINALS INC. Studio
Chicago, Illinois 
Registration

Alabama Art Colony  -  September 30 - October 4, 2022
Intuitive Painting
Children's Harbor, Lake Martin, Alabama
Registration

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society  -  October 18 - 22, 2022
Watercolor and Gouache
Buffalo, New York 
Registration


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.


Ink, Watercolor and Gouache

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 ink, watercolor 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.
 
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.
Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov
Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov (Russian: Дмитрий Андреевич Муратов; born 29 October 1961) is a Russian journalist, television presenter and the editor-in-chief of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.[1] He was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Maria Ressa for "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."

Read this New Yorker article: How Russia’s Nobel-Winning Newspaper Is Covering Ukraine
 
Stay safe out there!



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