AUGUST WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP
I believe that having the right atmosphere is really important for a painting class. Before we found this great loft studio space, I always painted from home. Natural lighting wasn't as readily available and I definitely didn't have the kind of space that I do now to spread out and not worry about making a mess while painting! I have found that there really is a difference between a space with limited interior lighting versus one with a generous amount of natural lighting. With the latter, the colors are brighter and the atmosphere is more relaxed. This helps set the right tone for our workshops, especially for folks who might feel intimated by painting or with watercolor.
There's no magic trick to painting, nor is it a form of expression meant exclusively for those who are "skilled". Honestly, the point of painting for me has always been about how I felt during and afterwards. If I genuinely enjoyed the experience or felt happier after I've created something, that's all I need to call what I made "art". Gone are the traditional expectations that your work must be fitting for a gallery space in order to be taken seriously as fine art (at least, this is my point of view). Creating art is more about finding your inner confidence, much like cooking. I love this analogy because both experiences are a personal and intimate. It's you with your ingredients, or you with your brush and paint. After all, the process of creating a home-cooked meal should be just as important as how it tastes, right? And doesn't a pasta dish taste better when you think back on the hours spent making the pasta? The same is true of watercolor and painting in general. I value the process of searching, learning new techniques, and watching the instantaneous blends happen right in front of me. Who's to say what a painting looks like in the end? It's all subjective and the only opinion that really matters is your own, because if you really love what you made, then you will feel compelled to paint again and again. When you continue to practice this art form, you will gain more confidence about how to say what you want. Then, before you know it, you will start to create paintings that are not only truly your own, but are also stronger artworks that can stand alone as finished pieces!
This class is about learning something new, without necessarily the expectation of coming out with a masterpiece. I will be there throughout the whole workshop to help you as I teach the different aspects of watercolor. You will be able to ask lots of questions as you think of them while painting that perhaps you didn't get a chance to ask before. I find that one-on-one time is really crucial because that's where a lot of improvements actually happen. It's one thing to watch someone paint and entirely another to try it for yourself. "Why did that leaf not turn out the way she just painted it? It looked so easy!" The frustration that follows is very common, and when you are here in person, I can help you correct or improve on certain areas. I am actually much better at demonstrating than simply talking about it. In each workshop, I sit with students to correct their strokes, and it is one of the key elements to learning how to paint watercolor the way that I do!
So sign up for our October 14th Intermediate Floral or our November 18th Beginner's Workshop today and receive a complimentary painting kit! And a huge thanks to the talented Christa Kimble for capturing that workshop and for Devlin Thomas for creating the fantastic video!
I look forward meeting you!