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Keiko Tanabe-"Keep it Simple and Strong"

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 9:00 AM


All levels (basic knowledge & some previous experiences strongly recommended to benefit from this workshop) This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong.  The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere.  The process of simplification begins with visualization.  In representational art, this ability to see the end result of a painting, through the mind’s eye, is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision.  The ability to do so and quickly is especially useful when painting en plein air.  Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior, which will be demonstrated in a manner that is more representational and impressionistic rather than abstract. The introduction focuses on the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye. The areas of topic covered in this workshop include: the importance of tonal value studies, how to do a preliminary drawing, how to edit a complex subject, what makes a good design, understanding of relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling. We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting (for an outdoor workshop).  Each day there will be a small exercise which will then be applied to a painting later in the day. Keiko will do two demonstrations a day.  There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis.  A class critique will be conducted at the end of each day.  An amount of time spent indoors and outdoors will be determined by the organizer and the instructor. Any questions please call Kathy at (616) 897-7842, ext. 352.

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11650 Downes Street NE
Lowell, MI 49331

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