The 'study' frees us from expectation. We can dive in and have fun! Studies in watercolour media quickly identify the essence and energy of the image and give us opportunities to experiment with composition and tonal range.
Dianne's approach is guaranteed to enhance your watercolour painting skills, reduce visual clutter and give your paintings an energetic boost! In a vigorous atmosphere of demos and hands-on, create quick, loose studies to see colour as tonal value, plan creative compositions and use large shapes to give watercolour its freedom. With humour and positive feedback, Dianne shows how to select elements to build strong watercolour paintings and, above all, how to have fun and feel good about the process! Working outside (en plein air) weather permitting or indoors from still life sets, this is an ideal workshop for the artist who wants to loosen up and feel more confident with watercolour.
Some watercolour experience is recommended, but artists of all skill levels will find this workshop beneficial.
Suggested Materials List:
- Sketch book, coil bound 9 x 12 or 11 x 14", good quality paper suitable for some degree of water media
- Pencils, 2B - 6B
- Watercolor crayons
- Watercolor pencils.
Palette and 6 colors (watercolor or acrylic):
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cad red medium
- Warm blue (green shade) or Windsor Blue or Thalo Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Lemon Yellow (or Windsor Yellow or cool yellow)
- Cad yellow medium.
- Brushes: personal choice, but suggest a selection of larger flats, rounds (and mops for watercolorists)
- Sit upon (a small folding chair or stool, or simplicity itself - towel in a plastic bag)
- Easel (there are a few here you can use)
- Masking tape, boards for mounting watercolor or sketching paper, watercolor crayons (supplied).
Dianne brings to all her work the knowledge and discipline of careers in graphic design, fine art, natural history illustration, and, exhibit design for Canada’s national parks. She is also an accomplished watercolor painter and workshop presenter. Dianne inspires students with her unabashed enthusiasm, humor and knowledge of the creative process. She lives and works on Cortes Island in B.C.’s northern Gulf Islands.
Kayaking, canoing, wild-life viewing by land or by sea, hiking-we have several trails nearby, fishing and boating - let us know, we can help arrange a charter, shopping-gift shops, artists and craftspeople, quadra Island Studio Tour, Quadra Island Garden Tour, skateboarding-we have a state-of-the-art park, rock climbing - we have a new climbing wall in the community center, cultural events - theater, music, first Nations events and museum, relaxation, a pub for rock n' roll and jazz.
Surrounded by woodland acreage and deer near beaches and ferry, the island workshop studio is very comfortable. Eight people can work in the studio and the workshops have been great for all concerned. Time in the studio is available to artists that want to come and work when they stay in the accommodation for a small fee. A bright and comfortable bed and breakfast retreat with a 2-bedroom cottage available too.
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.
- Bag lunches
-unlimited studio time
10% discount on your room at Firesign if available
Joined InfoHub: May 2008
Client Request Served: 15
We offer good quality accommodations and 5-day and weekend painting workshops with visiting guest artist instructors. Tourism BC approved, members of the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild, the Discovery Islands Chamber of Commerce, the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Canadian Artists, and the BC Art...
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