Vol. 3 - #5 Fall 2017
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Season's Greetings!

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving and you're entering the the Christmas season with joy in your heart. It's the most wonderful time of the year! It'll certainly be a busy one for me. One daughter is getting married and another is graduating from college (requires travel to Thousand Oaks, California, whoopee!).

While the merry bells keep ringing
May your every wish come true
Happy holiday, happy holiday
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy holidays to you

I recently received an email from the nominating committee for the National Watercolor Society International Exhibition jury stating I was one of six nominated to be on the jury committee for the 2020 NWS Open International Exhibition and of course I accepted that nomination. The top 3 vote getters this spring will constitute the jury committee for 2020. The other 3 will be alternates in the order of vote count.

I've replaced my routine of making black and white drawings with black and color, trying to do at least one a day. I'm using a Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball black ink pen in conjunction with Chinese white and transparent watercolor, which makes it sort of like gouache but I have the option/luxury of leaving those wonderfully contrasted areas of luminous transparent color. Here are a few examples of the latest.

Recent Painting

Coastal Anxiety #23  -  14 X 18 inches  -  Watercolor, Acrylic and Gesso on Paper

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

2017 National Watercolor Society Open International Exhibition 
Oct 21 – Dec 17, 2017

NWS Gallery, 915 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro CA 90731
Oct 21– Opening reception and awards ceremony from 2:00-4:00 PM

California Watercolor Association 48th National Exhibition
January 3 – January 31, 2018
Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 1515 3rd Street, San Rafael, CA
Artists’ and Awards Reception, January 6, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona
December 14 – January 26, 2018
The Holland Gallery of Fine Art, 34250 N 60th St, Scottsdale, AZ
Artists’ and Awards Reception, January 13, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 pm

H2OMG Watercolors Gone Wild...
February 1 – April 8, 2018
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton, CA

Alabama Art Colony

Next year in October I will be one of three instructors at the Sarah Carlisle Towery Alabama Art Colony at Children's Harbor on Lake Martin. It's going to be a lot of fun. It might be a good time for you to start thinking about an excellent painting getaway. 

"Children’s Harbor is a picture-perfect place for painters. Reminiscent of a New England seaside village, this inspiring setting welcomes visitors with its signature wooden lighthouse and charming Early-American style church known as Children’s Chapel. The grounds only get better from there!
Located on beautiful Lake Martin, 15 miles south of Alexander City, Alabama, on Highway 63, Children’s Harbor has long been home to the Art Colony workshops. The wooded campus features large, rustic-style lodges where artists gather to set up the studio spaces they will use throughout their stay. These spacious venues let artists spread out easels and supplies and give instructors plenty of room for class demonstrations. A major bonus is that inspiring views of the lake and woods are everywhere!
Just a stroll away from the studio venues are the dining and lodging facilities. Artists stay in modern, air-conditioned cabins with decks overlooking the lake. Meals are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the nearby Harbor Lodge Conference Center, where evenings are highlighted by special activities and lively conversation among artists and instructors."

Freedom in Watermedia Workshops

My workshops are designed to teach students to 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. 

Upcoming Workshops:

Terravita Art League (2 days) - January 17 & 24, 2018

Miami Watercolor Society - March 12-15, 2018

Fanciscan Life Process Center - Sep 6-8, 2018
11650 Downes Street, Lowell, MI 49331

Alabama Art Colony - October 5-10, 2018

San Diego Watercolor Society  -  February 11-14 2019

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.

An artist whose work I admire:
Karen Darling
Arcenio Martin Campos

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