THE TAO OF WATERCOLOR: FINDING FOCUS and SELECTION USING PHOTOGRAPHS
With Shari Windom
Wednesdays, October 3rd through November 7th
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM OR 2:00 to 4:30 PM, in Social Hall
$135 in Advance or $23 per Class Meeting
One secret to watercolor success is to place the character of the painting over the appearance or likeness to the subject. That is—the painting must be admired for itself, standing alone from its inspiration. Learning to interpret your subject with a painter’s eye, and to render the painting expressively, requires the ‘art of seeing.’ In this session, we will work from photographs and learn to create successful compositions from this reference material. Using photos as reference material is a boon for busy painters, yet the problem is that a form of selection has already been done for you. The artist must decide what to leave in, what to leave out and what is missing. Some paintings can be composed by combining several photographs to create a more cohesive composition. Essentially, watercolor medium is so beautiful in itself, independent of any subject it portrays, that we have the option to keep compositions simple to draw attention to iridescent washes, vibrant brushstrokes, the wet-in-set blends and the overlaying of tints. We will engage our painter’s eye and skill to turn photos into original works of art. Students are encouraged to bring their own photographs, and the instructor will provide photos for class studies. Guidance is provided to us by the philosophical framework of the Tao Te Ching, along with inspiration from other artists who share their creative journeys. Pre-registration is required. For additional information, contact the instructor at email@example.com or at 530-691-9115. Download the flyer.