If you are close to New Orleans or you can travel there, you have the last chance to be part of this Workshop by the known artist Alvaro Castagnet.
These are the details
These are the details
Workshop Dates: 11/4/2013 – 11/6/2013
Where?: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Place: Bethlehem United Church at 423 S. Fourth Avenue, Downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan
Hours: 9am – 4pm
You can find full details at her Website
If you have not used a MOP brush in the past, try one, your life will change and you will be asking how have you been painting without one of these…
The image shows a Raphaël Pure Squirrel Mop, crafted using pure Kazan squirrel hair. The secret is that the mop brush holds a great amount of water and pigment while it maintains a fine point. You can make large washes without reloading the brush, or, you can paint the details using that wonderful point.
Try one, you will be delighted using it.
Kristi Grussendorf remembers having drawn all her life and she was singled out because of her drawing skills and became accustomed to being identified as an artist. She graduated with a BFA (painting and drawing emphasis) from the University of Utah.
In her learning she was especially influenced by Diana Gardner, Paul Davis, Dave Dornan, Doug Snow and George Dibble. She also was selected on scholarship to attend Ed Maryon’s Monterey Bay watercolor workshop. Kristi has been honored to have her work included in two separate issues of “Watercolor Artist” magazine (February issues, 2012 & 2013).
“Although I enjoy painting in oils, I have focused on watercolors for the last few years. The transparency of watercolor produces a freshness & purity of color unequaled in other mediums & I appreciate artists who are able to preserve the white & paint in a truly purist way. On that note, I am pleased to share that “Totnes” has been juried into the TWSA 37th National Exhibition (Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, Wisconsin, May4-Aug4, 2013) Watercolor truly keeps me humble. I have to keep reminding myself that I have a relationship WITH watercolor & refrain from trying to control it.”
I have spent an incredible amount of time in the studio drawing from the live model & many of the landscapes were done ”en plein air”. Being able to draw is essential & I continue to practice on a regular basis.
“I must admit to a bit of stubbornness in also shaping my desire to paint with watercolor. I have known many fine artists who have switched to oils in order to make a living. For whatever reason, oils have more credibility in the art market. I am committed to being a student of watercolor for the time being and am an active signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society. (I have also earned signature status in the Wyoming Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies & the National Watercolor Society.) The UWS provides wonderful workshop opportunities, bringing in the “big names” from all over the world & I try to take advantage whenever possible. I have also been given the opportunity to teach workshops, do some public speaking & judge art shows. As a lifelong learner, my passionate relationship with watercolor continues to grow & change. If I’m lucky, this challenging & rich medium will continue to surprise, delight (& frustrate) me for a very long time!”
- 2013 – FAV (Feb) “OUTSTANDING WATERCOLOR” for “Totnes”
- 2013 UWS Spring Exhiibition – “Q” & “Chasing The Light”
- 2013 TWSA 37th National Exhibition – “Totnes”
- 2013 Sears Invitational – 2nd Place (watercolor) for “Stone Stories” & honorable mention for ”Polperro”
- 2013 UWS-CVC – “Polperro” (BEST OF SHOW)
You will find complete information visiting her Website
Graham Berry studied Graphic Design at Blackpool College of Art, and later studied Illustration at Wimbledon College of Art. After graduating in 1971 he was employed as the Illustrator at a small design studio in Soho, London and has gone on to have a very successful illustration career.
He’s had to move with the times and all his commercial illustration is now done digitally. It was this fact and the downturn in the economy that has allowed him time to concentrate on water colour painting.
Graham says ’I've only recently began to consider myself a painter, although I’ve drawn and painted most days for the past 30+ years it was as an illustrator, any painting I did in my spare time was done to promote my illustration career. It as only been since my illustration work is now 100% digital that I can separate myself as a painter. So I only consider I started my career as a painter 2 years ago. My digital illustration is done in my downstairs office and my paintings are done in my studio upstairs, totally separate physically and mentally which is very important to me.’
About the inspiration for his work, Graham says ‘My paintings are inspired by the effect of light and shadow on our environment, creating dynamic shapes and colours, I especially enjoy painting people going about their everyday lives.
My experience working as an Illustrator has refined my drawing ability that is the foundation to my work, I believe the ability to draw is fundamental to painting.
I attend a ‘Life Drawing‘ class every week to sharpen my drawing and observation skills. I’m always on the look out for images that will make interesting paintings, I try to take my camera with me at all times just in case I see something that appeals. At other times I will go to a specific place or event with the intention of getting material for painting, usually I will do a number of paintings from those photos or sketches, at the moment most of my paintings are studio based.‘
After years working as an illustrator, with the restrictions of working to a brief, it feels great to be painting for myself and when a painting is not going as I would like I now have the freedom to rip it up and start afresh. Somedays you feel you’ll never paint anything decent but you’ve just got to work through it, every painting you produce adds to your knowledge of what works or doesn’t work.
Painting with watercolour is never easy and every painting provides a fresh challenge, it’s a very exciting medium to work with and when a painting turns out as you would like it’s very satisfying.
I’ve had work selected for the latest edition of North Light Books’ Best of Watercolor contest, Splash 14: Light and Color and Splash 15: Creative Solutions.
To see more of Graham Berry work visit his web site: grahamberrystudio.com
Javier Zorrilla, Born in Madrid (Spain) studied painting in the workshops of the painters José Luis Ferrer and Teresa Muniz. Talleres del Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (Workshops of the Fine Arts in Madrid).
Javier Zorrilla is a member of the Association of Painters and Sculptors, Agrupación Española de Acuarelistas (Spanish Association of watercolorists) and Agrupación de Acuarelistas Vascos (Association of Basque watercolorists).
He teaches watercolor workshops at the Cultural Center of Guadalajara IberCaja. He also teaches at the gallery Becuadro of Madrid. He has given numerous workshops fairs in various places in Spain.
Javier has received a long list of awards among which we mention the first prize painting Timanfaya National Park, First prize Juan Fontanal watercolor, Watercolor Award of Caja Madrid “Madrid Threads,” First Prize “Villa de Mijas” , Tisa Award Tormo in Watercolor, Watercolor award pimer MAP and MAGRAMA etc
His work has been acquired by institutions like Ferrandiz Foundation, Municipalities, National Museums of Watercolor or National Heritage.
He has been selected to represent the Spanish Association Biennial Watercolor on watercolor Spain, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Colombia, Canada and Korea.
A characteristic of his painting is light achieved in every scene he paints. With a loose style, he does simplify complex scenes allowing the viewer to complete the picture in his mind.
You can find more information on the activities of Javier Zorrilla and new paintings by accessing your blog, enjoy it.
Iain Stewart is an award winning watercolor artist and a signature member of the National
Watercolor Society (NWS).
His work has received numerous awards in international competition. Most recently his watercolor “Thurlow Dam, Tallassee Alabama” was honored with a Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, his work “5th Avenue in Rain” was selected for inclusion in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition, and his watercolor Grace.
Church will be on exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York for the American Watercolor Society’s 146th Annual International Exhibition in April 2013.
Iain will be featured in the March 2013 issue of the international publication The Art of Watercolour.
His paintings have been published in Southern Living, Cottage Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Robb Report, Watercolor Artist Magazine and the French publication Practique des Arts.
Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama, and in addition to gallery work, is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and teaches watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.
This is his Artist 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 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.
You can find additional information visiting his Website
Painting with watercolour is for me an exciting adventure!!! says Gerard Hendriks with enthusiasm
Gerard Hendriks was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
He is married, lives in Beek en Donk a small village near Eindhoven. He wanted to become an artist at the early age of ten. Gerard says “From the very moment that I could hold a pencil, I started to draw. After a while I also began to use the brush and I have never stopped painting since. „Through the years, I have taught myself all the techniques, from abstract to figurative and combinations of both.”
Sport, dancing and still-lives are themes that Hendriks has painted for years. Nowadays it is wildlife and flowers that inspires him. “For years I have made realistic oil paintings of still-lives and animals, however, after a while this way of painting became less and less satisfactory. Everything was there, true to reality, but to my mind the painting lacked something. I could not put my heart into my work and the results did not surprise me anymore.”
Hendriks decided to start working with Watercolor in a “less strict and more relaxed” way. “I really enjoy the free and more abstract style, because I can put my heart into it. Birds, animals, people, still-lives and other objects remain recognisable, but the colour does not have to be necessarily realistic.”
The artist puts his subjects down in a flashing and colourful way in watercolour paint, “The way I use the paint, makes it a regular surprise as to how it will look in the end. I also feel free to scribble, sketch and splashing. Only the artistic end-result counts. It is my intention that the spectator is involved in giving his or her own meaning to the painting. For me it’s an exciting adventure, a kind of safari from behind the easel.” I paint every day, partly because I have pleasure in it makes me happy and partly to learn ( an athlete must also work to get better ). I regularly give Workshops en Demonstrations.
Please visit his website for more information www.gerardhendriks.net
Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 and 95. In the ’80s and ’90s Frank worked as a professional illustrator on video cover sleeves and as a portrait artist by commission.
His love of travel has given him prime opportunities to paint: he lived for three years in the south of France, and has painted on location in Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
Frank is an award-winning artist and Signature member of the National Watercolor Society. He currently serves as the 2nd Vice President (Traveling Exhibit). He is also a member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
Frank conducts workshops and demonstrations locally and at the national level. His painting ‘Through the very heart of it’ is included in the 146th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in New York City April 2 – 22, 2013.
He currently teaches at Graphaids, Westchester and at the Palos Verdes Art Center. In October, 2011 Frank sold out 3 all-day classes and a showroom floor demonstration at the Learning & Product Expo: Art! held at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Frank was recently accepted as an artist’s member by the prestigious California Art Club
He is married and lives in Redondo Beach, California.
Frank tells us about his work and vision
I paint what I see, but from an emotional angle.
Atmosphere and light are just the first steps. I see a ‘version’ of what is there. Rather than painting an accurate picture, I am more interested in capturing the underlying energy.
‘What makes this place’ and ‘how does it feel to be here’ are questions I ask myself. Only by working on location (en plein air) is it possible to be a student of Nature and her laws.
As shapes dissolve in patterns of value and light, the painting becomes more of a poetic statement rather than a literal representation. Ultimately, I am jotting down simple marks hoping to tell the story, heavily relying on the magic of the medium to help me. It doesn’t always work, which only deepens my addiction to it.
There is an undeniable connection to everything in life. As human beings we are all connected. While I am painting, I try to be mindful of that and also have those connections in my work.
Painting is my meditation, my refuge. It is in that timeless state, in those fleeting moments you cannot possible hold on to, that I feel whole and as though life actually makes sense. Just for a little while..
You can visit his WEBSITE for more information on works and workshops
Robert Simmons brushes use a unique blend of filaments that perform like pure red sable, hence the name of White Sable.
The One Stroke is a flat series and come in several sizes, 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″ and 1 1/2″.
One of the characteristics of these filaments is that when you wet the brush, the fibers become extremely soft. These brushes are suitable for Watercolor and Acrylic.
The handle is thick and very confortable to use