Iain Stewart's plein aire workshop in October focused on sketchbook drawing and painting (rather than finished studio paintings) with the goal of capturing the essence of a scene by emphasizing main silhouettes and shapes, moving around the details to form a good composition.
After a chilly first morning on the river bank painting the Dillingham Bridge, we enjoyed warmer weather walking downtown to capture street scenes and interesting architecture.
Iain's workshop was very informative and challenging........and great fun!
Some of Pat Christian's Paintings
from the Workshop:
(Stewart's Approach to Teaching:)
Iain Stewart: Recording the City
An architectural approach to sketching in watercolor
(Intermediate to Advanced)
Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment.
Award winning watercolorist and architectural illustrator, lain Stewart, has designed a 2-day architectural sketchbook workshop to show you the techniques he uses while painting on location in the urban environment. He will demonstrate how to edit seemingly complex city scenes to get at the heart of your subject and paint only what is necessary. Students should possess a basic understanding of the fundamentals of perspective drawing and be comfortable walking and drawing in the city.
Through demonstration, careful critique, and sharing of lessons learned over a long painting career, lain will help you understand how to prepare for, anticipate, and respond to the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. He will guide you through his process of simplifying a subject through sketching, creating graphite value studies, and expanding those value studies into preliminary color studies. In this manner, you will learn how to create a road map that, if followed, will greatly improve your painting and offer more consistent results. This road map will increase your understanding of how to paint in watercolor, help you avoid common mistakes, and works for any subject you choose to paint.
The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating. We will meet from 9:00 a.m. to noon, take an hour for lunch, and then resume from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be a walking tour with long stops for painting and critique.
"It is my absolute joy to watch students make those tiny breakthroughs that begin to build confidence and leave a lasting desire to continue their exploration. Far too often the background exploration of a painting is left undone, leaving the "soul" of the image a mystery. It is my hope that by understanding and repeating my process, you will find that your watercolors develop according to a plan rather than as the result of unanticipated reactions and compromises. Watercolor, if treated correctly, can be much easier than its reputation might suggest. I can think of no other form of expression that I delight in more than painting and it is my sincere wish to share that pleasure with others."
Ian Stewart is a signaturemember of the National Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Alabama. He is also President-Elect of the Watercolor Society of Alabama. His work has received top awards in international competition. In addition to being a fine artist and instructor, Iain is an architectural illustrator in watercolor with an international clientele and is also an Adjunct Professor at the Auburn University School of Architecture.
"Harry Chong Laundry" by Iain Stewart
"South Railroad Avenue in Snow, Opelika, Alabama" by Iain Stewart
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