I am looking forward to spending a few days with Mary Whyte again after almost 25 years. This workshop will be in Greensboro, NC, October, 2017, in concert with the North Carolina Annual Watercolor Society Exhibit for which she is the juror.
A wonderful five day workshop in April, 2016, with a master, Albert Handell. The workshop focused on oils and pastel. With a demo in the morning, we enjoyed painting "en plein air" in a park in the wonderful city of Greensboro. Albert paid close attention to each participant and painted along outdoors. It was a pleasure to meet Albert and converse a bit in French with a new friend. I recommend this workshop for those who want to sharpen plein air skills.
Spending several days in Charleston is always a pleasure, but to spend it with Alain Picard in the wonderful Cecil Byne Gallery made it evern better. During these days in January, 2017, Alain focused on underpainting and painterly markings with pastel. His demonstrations were very helpful and the time he spent in the studio with each of us was equally special. Alain is a master in making the right marks with pastels with control and efficiency. Find a workshop of his and go!
Wilmington Art Association sponsored a great workshop with Chad Smith in April, 2016 and I was able to participate. The workshop focused on plein air painting along the waterfront. Composition, shapes, value, and other concepts were emphasized. Chad spent a lot of time with each artist and everyone came away with renewed inspiration. Concepts taught apply to both oil an pastls.
Please look at his work at: http://www.chadsmithpaintings.com/
I had the privilege of taking a workshop with Dawn Emerson in Matthews, NC, in October 2015. This was one of the most inspirational workshops taking the participants “out of the box”, thinking about composition and using pastels in a totally different manner. Images emerge from a shapes and color of the background, patterns and shapes. I am taking another workshop in January 2017. Take time to look at her work at:
During a rainy two days at the Art Loft in Dahlonega, GA, I had a wonderful pastel workshop with Barbara Jaenicke in March of 2015. Barbara shared invaluable experience in pastels and also in oils. If you have the opportunity to connect with her in a workshop sometime, I would highly recommend it. Her home base is now in Oregon. For Barbara’s work see: http://barbarajaenicke.com
I was reading an article in Artist Magazine and ran across the beautiful watercolors of Karin Isenburg, a Canadian artist. I emailed her with a question about underlaying with yellow to create more vibrancy and she responded immediately. From that point on, she has taken her time to give me critiques and pointers, all of which have been a great help to me. I want to direct you to her website and hope you equally enjoy her work. An example of her work is shown. See www.karinisenburg.com
One of the most enjoyable weeks of my life was in 1995 or so at Seabrook Island, SC. I set up my tent at a local campsite, took tennis lessons in the early morning and spent the rest of the day in a workshop with Mary Whyte focusing on portraits.
Mary is one of most well-known and respected artists in the country and her work and publications are amazing.
You can see more of her work at www.marywhyte.com
Many years ago, perhaps in 1994 or so, I had the privilege of taking a short workshop with Betty Brown in Wilmington. It was perhaps the first watercolor experience I had and it was very inspirational. Since then, I have had watercolors on my mind and only sporadically had the time to experiment due to responsibilities with a full-time architectural firm. You can see Betty’s work at bettybrownartist.com
During a 10 year period my wife and I owned a small island in North Eleuthera . During visits there we discovered an artist Bill Ternes, who frequented the area and offered workshops. I had the privilege of taking a week of “plein air” painting on Harbour Island with Bill and was enamored with his quick and loose style of watercolors. Unfortunately Bill passed away in early 2014. but his work can be seen at http://harbourislandgallery.com/artists/ternes.htm