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Vol.8 - #3 Summer II 2022
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Summer II 2022

I received the Past Presidents Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society 42nd International Exhibition for  this painting, Windowpane No. 72 
I received 2nd Place in the San Diego Watercolor Society Virtual Summer Triannual Exhibition for  this painting, 6.15.2022 

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you're doing well. I'm having a fantastic summer, in part due to an unusual amount of rain for an Arizona summer and only a handful of days over 110 degrees (so far). Of course, along with rain comes higher humidity but I'll take that over 115 degrees any day, dry heat or not. 

My in person workshops are picking up again and I'm sure happy for that. You can see my schedule for the rest of 2022 and 2023 below. I would love to for you to attend one. Chicago is coming up in a couple of weeks.

At the beginning of the pandemic Zoom meetings suddenly became a thing and the technologically impaired floundered, but it's since gotten much better. Most corn-nut crunchers have learned to mute themselves. I'm certain online Zoom workshops and other similar online meeting workshops are here to stay, but I'm still partial to in-person workshops.
 

Online or In-Person Workshops

Two years ago I created my first and only online workshop. It consists of an instructional video on how to use the platform, an introductory video, an intuitive sketching demonstration video, some document downloads and a critique. When a predetermined amount of students register for the workshop I then schedule a group Zoom critique, which is in addition to the critique I give individually. Honestly, I was very reluctant to create this online workshop, but when all but one out of state workshops for 2020 were canceled because of the pandemic I felt some urgency to do something. Many were asking me to do an online workshop. So, I bit the bullet and dove in headfirst with little knowledge of how to go about it. I figured something would be better than nothing. After doing a fair amount of research, I registered and paid for the online LMS (Learning Management System), Thinkific, which has been very beneficial but costs $110 a month. I then proceeded to shoot my first workshop videos with my phone in my dining room with no editing except the addition of title frames and sample painting images. The videos actually turned out ok in spite of my jerry-rigged, duct taped boom apparatus with ring lighting (reflecting nicely on my head). And as a bonus, if you listen carefully you can hear the soothing background sounds of parakeets, a refrigerator and my wife clearing her throat. Haha, one truly focused on learning  won't be distracted by these nuances. They subtly enhance the experience.

I'm not equipped do live Zoom workshops in my studio and figured this would be the quickest and easiest way to get a workshop online for those who want to learn about my intuitive sketchbook techniques, painting process and philosophy. I think it does the job nicely. If you're interested you can check it out here: https://learn.watermediaworkshops.com. This is a workshop you can do at your own pace. It's not live and there is no pressure whatsoever. You can view all the videos in the course player or download them to keep and watch anytime you want. The workshop also includes some useful documents pertaining to the elements and principles of design.
What's up for the future you ask? Well, I'm currently working on another online workshop which will consist of several videos, downloads and a critique. This virtual workshop is Intuitive Painting with Acrylic and Collage. As some of you know, I started work on this a year ago. All I can say is it's getting there. I've added a few tools and I'm getting better with editing. For example, I've learned it's better for me personally to shoot the video, strip the audio and add a voice-over.
What's up for the future you ask? Well, I'm currently working on another online workshop which will consist of several videos, downloads and critique. This new one is Intuitive Painting with Acrylic and Collage. Yes, as some of you know, I started work on this a year ago. All I can say is it's getting there. I've gotten better at production, but I'm still using my phone to shoot the videos. However, now I'm getting better at editing. For example, I've learned it's best to shoot the video, strip the audio and add voice-over. That gets rid of extraneous background noise like truck back-up beeps or dogs barking at imaginary intruders.
            
 
For the record, I'm still heavily in favor of in-person workshops. I know I'm a better teacher and conveyor of my thoughts when in the midst of those I'm interacting with. I can get right down into the work of each student. I see a lot of things I wouldn't if I were looking at a screen image. Often I'll think of a point to be made just seeing up close what a student is doing or a particular problem they may be having. I can turn to the class and relate a lesson to everyone that I wouldn't have caught on Zoom. I don't have to pay attention to a chat channel or worry about technological glitches. There is no Zoom modulation or wi-fi malfunction. Students benefit being close to the entire classroom environment, seeing real color and hearing spontaneous comments or questions without having to use a keyboard. 

Two and a half years ago no one knew what Zoom was. Now it's household vocabulary. Zoom and other similar applications are here to stay. that is a good thing. Teaching via Zoom definitely has its advantages. It's convenient. In most cases it costs less. You don't have to travel or pay for lodging. I've been conducting group Zoom critiques for a couple of years and they're terrific. Zoom is a much needed communication tool.

In-person and virtual workshops have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Having been a graphic artist starting back in 1975, I experienced the transition from analog to digital and all of the ramifications that came with it. The truth is, if you didn't get on board with the technology, you were pretty much out of a job. When it comes to painting and drawing I'm still taking a brush or a stick or whatever implement fits my purpose and dipping it in pigment and applying it to a substrate. It's the process I love, personally applying a liquid or gooey substance using my gesture, my feelings, my touch, to a surface I can feel. There is no way that translates to a digital painting application on a screen. I am an intuitive painter and I feel the same way when it comes to sharing that process with others. It's so much better when I'm amongst my students.

National Watercolor Society

International Open Exhibition Juror Nominations
 

This is the third time I've been nominated to be juror on the selection committee for the National Watercolor Society's International Open Exhibition. Each year the nominating committee selects six candidates and each associate and signature member can vote for their three favorites. The top three vote getters will serve on the committee as jurors for the chosen year. In both of the previous two times I've been nominated, I've come in last in the voting. Maybe three is the charm. No matter what the members decide, I'm honored just to appear on the slate with this super talented group of painters.

Franciscan Life Process
Center Workshop

Workshop participants at the FLPC in Lowell, Michigan
Don't judge me! Click on the cigar.

Recent Paintings

Windowpane No.79  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane No.77  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

Exhibitions

102nd National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition
NWS Gallery, San Pedro, California
September 1 - November 6, 2022

42nd San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition
SDWS Gallery, San Diego, California
October 2 - October 31, 2022

San Diego Watercolor Society Summer Trannual Exhibition
SDWS website virtual exhibition
August 15 - September 15, 2022

Small Intuitive Paintings

These paintings 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 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 paintings 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

8 X 8 inches square on a 12 X 9 inch Canson Watercolor Sketchbook page
6.11.2022
6.13.2022
6.13.2022A
6.20.2022
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6.22.2022
6.23.2022
6.28.2022
6.29.2022
7.6.2022
7.9.2022
7.10.2022
7.28.2022
7.31.2022
8.1.2022
8.2.2022
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8.9.2022
8.10.2022
8.18.2022
8.19.2022
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8.21.2022
8.23.2022

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
 

Chicago -  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

Scottsdale Artists School -  December 1 - 3, 2022
Intuitive Painting
Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration (looks like they haven't posted it yet)

Tubac School of Fine Art  -  January 13 - 15, 2023
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Tubac, Arizona
Registration

Coachella Watercolor Society  -  January 24 - 27, 2023
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Palm Desert, California
Registration

Gold Coast Watercolor Society  -  March 21 - 23, 2023
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Palm Desert, California
Registration

Franciscan Life Process Center  -  July 6 - 8, 2023
Intuitive Painting with Watemedia and Collage on Paper
Lowell, Michigan 
Registration

Cheap Joe's Art Supplies  -  August 21 - 24, 2023
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Boone, North Carolina 
Registration information coming January 2023

Northwest Watercolor Society  -  October 22 - 26, 2023
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Seattle, WA 
Registration

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society  -  October 11-14, 2023
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Buffalo, New York 
Registration

Ongoing Workshop Online
https://learn.watermediaworkshops.com

 
Intuitive Painting with
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.

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.

 
 
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.
Stay safe out there!



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