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Vol.5 - #6 Winter 2019/2020
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Watching my daughters take a group selfie Thanksgiving day.

Season's Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Wishing you a peaceful yet festive holiday season.

It's been a busy fall for me; one that included a two person show at the Eric Fischl Gallery with Valerie McMullen; several local and national exhibitions; a demonstration in Sedona; co-jury and judging of the Arizona Artists Guild member show; an article published in Watercolor Artist Magazine written by John A. Parks; an interview with Kelly Powers of Learn to Paint Podcast for an upcoming podcast to be released first quarter 2020; workshops in Mississippi, Michigan and two workshops at Arizona Art Supply; my 70th birthday on November 15th; cooking a turkey for thanksgiving and clumsily dropping half of it on the floor (worked out well for the dogs); Christmas shopping; and of course what I like to do most, painting. Some recent paintings are posted below.
 

Site of Artensity Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan
View from Artensity Workshop Studio Window
Artensity Workshop Studio
More Artensity Workshop Studio
Artensity Workshop Demo
Windowpane #33
Artensity Workshop Demo
Windowpane #32
What do you do on a cold rainy night in Michigan? Well, you have a Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 and a Laphroaig 10 year single malt Scotch Whisky. Thank you Debra Zamperla for finding this excellent cigar lounge.

On the flight back from Michigan I snapped the picture below shortly before landing at Sky Harbor International. I was facing southeast looking out at the Superstition mountain range, which is one of my favorite places to hike and backpack in Arizona, and this site appeared. This silhouette is one of the most recognized landmarks in the Superstitions, which some call Superstition Mountain. I've done this ridgeline hike 5 times. It is by far the most difficult day hike I have ever done, even more difficult than the Grand Canyon rim to rim. The hike is only 12 miles, but there's some scrambling and steep ups and downs. I've done it both ways, east to west and west to east. Here's more info: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/superstition-ridgeline-trail


Patrons

I 'm always pleased when I see my work hanging in its proper place. Proper place would be whatever wall it's hanging on, of course. Recently two patrons  posted pics of my work on the walls in their homes. I am very appreciate those who purchase my work and I feel honored when they show me where they put it. Here are those two works in their proper place. One was purchased by Dr. Elliot Maness, the other by Rick Anderson. Rick is an excellent painter. You can see his work here.

Collection of Dr. Elliot Maness
Collection of Rick Anderson


Demo

This painting started as a demo in a workshop in early November and was finished in the studio. It will be exhibited in the Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition at the Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook, California, February 9th through April 19th. Juror of acceptance and judge of awards for the exhibition was/is Mark Mehaffey

Photo by Liz Nicklus
Photo by Liz Nicklus
Windowpane #36
15 X 15 inches
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

Sketchbook

These color sketches are watercolor, gouache and ink. They are roughly 8 X 8 inches square on a 12 X 9 inch sheet in a Canson Mixed Media or Watercolor sketchbook, signed and dated right below the square. All of those posted here were available when this newsletter was sent. If you would like to purchase one 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
12.11.2019
12.5.2019
12.4.2019
12.3.2019
11.19.2019
11.18.2019
11.12.2019
10.28.2019
7.26.2019
7.9.2019
7.19.2019

Recent Paintings

Windowpane #38
15 X 15 inches
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane #37
15 X 15 inches
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane #35
15 X 15 inches
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane #34
15 X 15 inches
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane #31
15 X 15 inches
Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

Exhibitions


11th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition
Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook, CA
Feb. 9, 2020 - Apr. 19, 2020
Opening Reception on Sat, Feb 8 from 5-7p
Open Daily Feb 10 through Apr 21
Mon - Sat 10 am - 4 pm & Sun Noon - 3 pm
 

Workshops

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 It Up 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 Workshops:

Arizona Art Supply -  Jan 17, 2020
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
16th Street and Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona
Registration
 
Terravita Art League  -  Jan 23rd & 30th, 2020

Mix It Up On Canvas Workshop
Scottsdale, Arizona
Registration

WHAM  -  February 7, 2020
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
Surprise, Arizona
Registration

Arizona Art Supply -  February 21, 2020
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
16th Street and Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona
Registration

Arizona Watercolor Association  -  March 12, 2020
Demonstration/Presentation
Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ 
7:00 PM

Arizona Watercolor Association  -  March 14, 2020
Intuitive Studies in Watercolor, Gouache and Ink
Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, AZ
Registration

Arizona Art Supply -  April 3, 2020
Intuitive Painting with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache
16th Street and Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona
Registration

Fanciscan Life Process Center - May 12-14, 2020
Mix it up 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, 2020
Ann Arbor, MI
Registration information will be available soon

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

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 through my website.
 
photo by Jen Jovan Walls



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