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2-DAY WORKSHOP: From Sketchbook to Studio - Painting Light in Watercolor with IAIN STEWART.Aug 1-2, 2018. 10:30am-4:30pm


Wed-Thurs, Aug 1-2, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Iain Stewart's sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and helping you dispel the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched for its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression.

Through demonstration, thoughtful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting.His purpose is to provide you with a repeatable process involving carefully planned steps that you can use for painting any subject.

Students will follow Iain's group demonstrations from photographs provided by him - more experienced painters are encouraged to work from their own photography. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all quite often with a broad mix of experience and skill levels represented. Most importantly, Iain allows as much time as possible for one on one instruction and critique. After all, a workshop should focus on the student and not how well the instructor can paint. In the end it's about you and your experience and whether it will help you to continue on your artistic journey.

“Behind all good paintings there is the initial spark of inspiration and excitement. Every artist has a different approach to working from that idea to something tangible. At times that vision is realized and, sadly, quite often it is not. Not to fear. Our mistakes teach us more about where that vision was lost and how to fix it than any piece that is successful. There is a simple tool, that if used with regularity, will begin habits that will change the way you approach your work and see the world in ways you cannot imagine. It’s often overlooked and underused. In short your sketchbook. There is no other tool at your disposal better suited to allow you to explore your ideas with abandon and a carefree attitude than a sketch.

Iain Stewart is a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies amongst many others. His work has received top awards in international competition. In addition to working as a fine artist and workshop instructor, Iain is an architectural illustrator with an international clientele and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture at Auburn University.

 * A sketchbook. I use a Stillman & Birn Alpha Series 9" x 11" hardbound sketchbook. If you already have a sketchbook it will be suitable as long as the paper is 100% cotton rag and is at least 70lb.
 * I use Arches or Saunders Waterford 140lb Cold Press or rough paper in addition to loose sheets of Stillman & Birn Beta series papers. Bring twice as much paper as you expect to use. We will typically work at 1/4 sheet and do at least one demo a day.
 * A stretching board. I use masonite, or gator board and (Scotch brand) masking tape to affix the paper to the board.
 * Drafting or masking tape 1” size
 * A water holder and small spray bottle.
 * A watercolor palette. I use a folding metal travel palette by Craig Young or the Shy Artist Palette
 * Paper towels- I use Viva, it’s extremely absorbent and works well. Do not use dyed or patterned towels
 * Brushes- you will need a small, medium, and large watercolor brush. I recommend the Escoda Perla and Versatil series short handled rounds No's 14 and a Versatil 3/4" flat. A squirrel or synthetic mop brush is a very useful tool as well. I also have a small Perla No 4 that I occasionally use. Be sure not to purchase low quality brushes at discount retailers. I also, at times, use an Escoda Ultimo mop No.14. I also use a palette knife on occasion. a brush carrier. I use a japanese bamboo carrier but anything that protects your brushes while in a bag will work.
 * Paint- I use primarily Daniel Smith Artist's watercolors. I do not suggest using student grade paint. The only difference is the amount of pigment used and your work will look much more washed out than mine.There are many manufacturers out there and I have tried most of them. Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, Rembrandt, are all suitable. Do not buy cake or block colors.
   * Full Palette (only as a suggestion- we can typically make your colors work. I do use the Quinachridone Orange and Cobalt blue quite a bit)
      ** New Gamboge
      ** Lemon Yellow
      ** Raw Sienna
      ** Quinachridone Burnt Orange
      ** Quinachridone Burnt Scarlet
      ** Sedona- or another terra cotta red
      ** Permanent Alizarin Crimson
      ** Cadmium Red Scarlet Hue
      ** Imperial Purple
      ** Neutral Tint
      ** Cobalt Blue
      ** French Ultramarine Blue
      ** Undersea Green
      ** Greenish Yellow- Holbein
      ** Zinc White (gouache)
      ** Naples Yellow (gouache)
      ** additional colors-
          *** Cobalt Turquoise
          *** Phthalo Turquoise
          *** Raw Umber
          *** Burnt Umber
Any other watercolor materials you generally use. In most cases the materials you already own will work. I would, however, suggest that you have at least one large wash brush and use artists' quality pigments and 100% cotton rag paper.

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