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Vol.6 - #2 Spring 2020
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Windowpane No.45  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Ink, Charcoal, Graphite and Gouache on Paper (predominantly gouache)

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you are doing well and staying safe during this crazy pandemic. I've been thinking, as I'm sure you have, about what it means to be in the presence of family and friends. Of course I realize now the importance of those greetings and meetings and how it never entered my mind it would ever be any different. ...life goes on, bra. La-la, how the life goes on!

A very enjoyable part of life and income for me is teaching workshops here in Arizona and nationally. I taught a local workshop on March 12th at the Arizona Artists Guild studio for the Arizona Watercolor Association. It was the last event of any sort there. I've lost two out-of-state workshops to this virus already and can't plan any local workshops for the summer. I've been asked by a few if I'm planning on doing any online workshops like many other instructors. My answer to that question for now is no. In my opinion there's something about person to person hands-on instruction that can't be replaced with online teaching. I think some of my best teaching happens when I'm simply walking about in a workshop observing student work when maybe I see something or a question is asked, which leads to a relevant point to be made, expounded on or demonstrated to the class. Perhaps I will consider online courses in the future but for now I'll wait and hope the covid curve takes a dive. One thing is for sure though, what once was normal will never be again. 

As in the past , I'm offering my small daily paintings from the watercolor sketchbooks for $60, shipped anywhere in the United States. See the "Sketchbook" paintings and details below.

Also, just in case you missed it, I've included 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.

Stay safe!

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 (just now reading this but feel confident it belongs here)

Recent Paintings

Windowpane No.48  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Mixed Media/Collage on Paper
Folly of Man  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Coastal Anxiety No.37  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Coastal Anxiety No.37  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Covid-19 Anxiety  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Sye Bales My Ban  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Ink, Charcoal, Graphite and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane No.46  -  14 X 14 inches  -  Ink, Charcoal, Graphite and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane No.47  -  36 X 36 inches  - Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas


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
2.4.2020
2.27.2020
2.29.2020
3.4.2020
3.8.2020
3.10.2020
3.10.2020A
3.12.2020 (demo for Arizona Watercolor Association)
3.13.2020
3.17.2020
3.18.2020
3.19.2020
3.20.2020
3.25.2020
3.27.2020
3.28.2020
3.29.2020
3.30.2020
3.31.2020
4.17.2020
4.18.2020
4.20.2020
4.21.2020
4.22.2020
4.24.2020
4.26.2020
4.27.2020
5.1.2020
5.5.2020
5.8.2020
5.7.2020

Workshops


Franciscan Life Process Center - September 15-17, 2020
 
The Franciscan Life Process Center is a serene and peaceful environment in which to learn and paint. This workshop was scheduled for mid May but was rescheduled for September due to the spread of Covid-19 virus and the social precautions taken as a consequence. Hopefully by September the new normal will be upon us and we'll do whatever is needed to be safe. The class was full back in April. I believe there are three spots open at this time, so if you're interested you might want to get on board now. You can learn more about the Franciscan Life Process Center hereor register for the workshop here
 
Mixed Media on Canvas Workshop Coming in May
Franciscan Life Process Center  -  Lowell, Michigan
Franciscan Life Process Center  -  Lowell, Michigan
Franciscan Life Process Center  -  Lowell, Michigan
Franciscan Life Process Center  -  Lowell, Michigan
Franciscan Life Process Center  -  Lowell, Michigan
Franciscan Life Process Center  -  Lowell, Michigan
Franciscan Life Process Center  -  Lowell, Michigan

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
Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas Workshop
11650 Downes Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Registration

Alabama Art Colony - October 2-7, 2020
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.

 
photo by Jen Jovan Walls



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