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5-DAY WORKSHOP: From Sketchbook to Studio with IAIN STEWART, May 2-6, 2016, 10am-4:30pm

Mon-Fri, May 2-6, 2016, 10am-4:30 pm
Phone 206-223-9599 to register.

Iain will preview his rich and in-depth workshop
, Sunday, May 1, 2016
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

We always wish for more time with these artist masters. One day whets our appetite. Two days give us skills and a greater hunger for experience and time to develop real familiarity and competence. Five days--a whole work week! That's a perfect amount of time to move personally to a new level of expertise and personal development--to speak more fluently with the brush and color those stories in our hearts and minds.

Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Award winning watercolorist, Iain Stewart's, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling 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. Iain teaches workshops both en plein air and in a traditional studio setting. In both settings his purpose is to provide you with a repeatable process, involving carefully planned steps that you can use for painting any subject.

In his own words about the 5-days "students will follow Iain in group demonstrations. 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."

Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist / illustrator and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

In 2014 he taught and exhibited in the US, France, Scotland, Canada, Thailand, and Belgium.

Artist’s Statement
I rely on instinct a great deal and endeavor not to imbue any false grandeur to the choices I make when working. The lion’s share of my work is done alla prima as my real struggle in painting is to capture the initial vision for any given piece. I am most often motivated by capturing a definitive lighting condition and how it influences shape and value rather than faithfully representing the subject as witnessed. Watercolor is uniquely suited for this task as “light” is reserved from the first brush strokes and must be protected throughout the painting process.

The underlying narrative in my work is not based on any theme in particular but but quite simply how “place” is inhabited and used daily.

I often use remembered atmospheric and lighting conditions in my work and would say that I paint from life and memory simultaneously. My watercolors are not only a translation of what I see, but more importantly, an expression of how I choose to view the world.

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