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Vol.6 - #1 Late Winter 2020
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Desert Wall  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Hope you are doing well and enjoying the new year doing whatever it is you like to do.

I'm having fun in my 71st trip around the sun. I recently conducted a workshop in Sedona at Carol and Rick Gandolfo's studio. Back in November I did a demonstration for Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and one of the members (Marti) asked me if I'd be interested in doing a workshop in Sedona sometime in the future. Well, it all came together. Marti and Wendy made it happen. There were eight talented painters on board and most had never painted in the manner which I was teaching. We all had a great time painting, and how could we not? Just looking out the arcadia studio doors was awesome. Sedona has changed a lot since the sixties when I attended college at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and we frequented the Red Rocks for numerous reasons (excuses). The painting above is one I started in the workshop and finished in the studio shortly after my return to Phoenix.

If you have time and are so inclined, take a listen to my interview with Learn to Paint Podcast. There's a link a little further down the page.

Lisa, Wendy, Marti, Betsy, Lorie, Keith, Karen, Stan and Rafael
on The Gandolfo Studio patio
 View from Studio Patio Arcadia Door
While I was in the midst of teaching the Workshop in Sedona I received the following email from the Assistant to the Director at Fallbrook Art Center in California. It made my day:

< Dear Stan:
 
Congratulations, Mark Mehaffey juror for this year’s Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition has awarded your painting ‘Windowpane #36’ a $500 cash award.  You will be receiving your award certificate and check in the mail in the next few weeks.    
 
Sincerely,
 
Kimber
Kimber Petralito
Assistant to the Director >

Here's the painting:
Windowpane #36  -  15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper


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 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
1.21.2020
1.23.2020
1.15.2020
10.15.2017
12.27.2018
1.17.2019
10.23.2018
7.9.2019
5.6.2019
12.16.2019
7.9.2019
5.20.2019
12.5.2019
11.18.2019
7.26.2019

Recent Paintings

Windowpane #44  - 15 X 15 inches  -  Ink, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper
Windowpane #43  -  24 X 24 inches  -  Mixed Media on Canvas
Demo done during the Sedona Workshop

Current Exhibitions


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

Workshops


Fanciscan Life Process Center - May 12-14, 2020
The Franciscan Life Process Center is a serene and peaceful environment in which to learn and paint, so good for the head. The word is, Michigan residents Kathleen Mooney, Kathleen Conover and Donna Zagotta will be attending this workshop. The class was half full at the time this newsletter was published so you might want to avoid the waiting list blues and register today. Just sayin'. 
 
You can learn more about the Franciscan Life Process Center hereor register for the workshop hereScroll down for additional registration information.
 
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:

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

Fanciscan Life Process Center - May 12-14, 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
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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