Workshop in Watercolors (sponsored by VWS)
June 10th thru 13th
$500 per person (member VWS) $550 (non-member)
Andy began painting watercolors in the mid 1990’s, is largely self-taught, and has studied with such well-known watercolorists as Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic.
His watercolors first gained recognition after winning an international competition through American Artist magazine in 2005. His paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor magazine and in International Artist, Watercolor Artist, Plein Air and American Art Collector magazines. His award-winning paintings are in collections on 4 continents and he has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally.
There seems to be a never-endinq quest to loosen up in watercolor. I hear it from my students all the time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important.
Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen', it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However, there are techniques that can speed up this process.
My workshop will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene. These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in watercolor, which is essential if we are to take full advantage of the medium. Too often the 'found edges', or details, take over the painter's thinking process, and the result is a tight watercolor.
We will move on toward color paintings with a lot of individual help, and complete a color painting lesson together. Demonstration paintings will be done by Andy every day to reinforce the day’s lessons.
In order to loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly. This class will give you the tools and confidence to do just that.
Fog in the Valley, A. Evansen
Frontenac Farm, A. Evansen