Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

Wrapping Up the Two-Day Star Harbor Workshop

June 14, 2013
Second Day of Star Harbor Watercolor Workshop

Second Day of Star Harbor Watercolor Workshop

I’m exhausted but very fulfilled by what I experienced the past two days in Star Harbor, Texas.  The Watercolor Society there hosted me for a two-day still-life workshop.  Here they are, finishing up their paintings from yesterday and preparing to begin anew today.  We visited the historic Flagg House in Malakoff early this morning, and found plenty of inspiration in the antiques on view there as well.  Below is a quick demo sketch I did of a portion of  the Flagg House:

Quick Demo Sketch of a Portion of the Flagg House

Quick Demo Sketch of a Portion of the Flagg House

Several of the participants wanted some guidance on sketching architecture in watercolor, particularly brick facades.  

Thanks for reading.  Eureka Springs School of the Arts is next.  I’ll be doing a five-day watercolor plein air workshop there, my fourth year in a row.  I absolutely love that Victorian mountain town and all that is has to offer to the willing painter.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel that I am alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

Day One of the Star Harbor Watercolor Workshop

June 13, 2013
Star Harbor Watercolor Workshop painting Still Life

Star Harbor Watercolor Workshop painting Still Life

I think the real artists are too busy with just being and growing and acting (on canvas or however) like themselves to worry about the end.  The end will be what it will be.  The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation.  People sometimes  phrase about the joy of work.  It is only in creative work that joy may be found.

Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Rising at 6:00 this morning, I was wide awake immediately, feeling an appointment with destiny.  The Star Harbor Watercolor Society hosted me a little over a year ago for a two-day workshop, and I never forgot the camaraderie I instantly knew among that circle of artists.  Last year we focused on plein air painting.  This year we decided to pursue still life composition and painting with a Proustian feel for the memories incited by the antique objects we examined.  I opened this morning with a demonstration–a quick watercolor sketch of an antique door knob (posted below).  We then busied ourselves, arranging a host of objects I brought down to Star Harbor in my Jeep this morning, and sharing our own stories about the ideas we found in them.

Demonstration Watercolor Sketch of Antique Doorknob

Demonstration Watercolor Sketch of Antique Doorknob

Today was a good day spent with those who find joy in the act of watercoloring.  Each participant worked diligently on the still life drawing before turning to the watercolors to render the compositions.  I was delighted to see strong drawings emerge, as I always believe that the real strength of a watercolor is in the drawing.  I almost never see a good drawing yield to a bad watercolor.  Not only did I enjoy watching the drawings emerge; I was gratified to note that these artists enjoyed the process and didn’t seem hung up on the end results of their paintings.  I can hardly wait to return for day two tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

ART STILL HAS TRVTH. SEEK REFVGE THERE.

April 18, 2012

Leading Workshop at Star Harbor

ART STILL HAS TRVTH

SEEK REFVGE THERE

These are the immortal words carved over a side entrance to the Saint Louis Art Museum.  That message has remained with me for three decades, and most especially the past five years, as I’ve sought to carve out a space for myself in the sphere of art.

I feel dry as dust today.  I’m posting a photo of my last sublime art endeavor–associating with the eighteen eager watercolorists of Star Harbor.  I cannot describe how sorely I miss them this day, and have indeed for the past week.  Since those two days we spent, exploring the dynamics of watercolor, I have been submerged in number-crunching in preparation for filing my Income Tax (made the deadline) and then the six-week grading period ended at my high school, and of course, I was behind in that task.  I made that deadline also, shortly before midnight last night.  Today has been that sick, 4-classes in 4-classrooms schedule at my day job, with no planning period in which to stop and breathe.  I have endured this sick schedule for almost an entire school year now–one that I am more than ready to forget.

I had an art business engagement in Plano, Texas this evening, but have decided now to let that one go.  I’m exhausted to the bone, and need to give my body the rest it needs this afternoon, and (hopefully) return to my neglected studio later tonight.  My need to paint has not been adequately served for much too long.  It is time for me to “cultivate my garden,” as Voltaire would have it.  Hopefully, in the sanctity of the studio, I can get my groove back (Stella?).  I could very well  be posting to this blog later tonight, if I manage to do what I intend.

Thanks, all of you, who read me faithfully.  I’m sorry I’ve had nothing to say for days, but taxes and grading are not interesting enough to write about, as far as I’m concerned–hardly worthy of blog space.  I am confident that I’ll be posting quality stuff soon.

Star Harbor Workshop Demonstration

April 13, 2012

Star Harbor Workshop Demonstration

Good evening.  I’m still exhausted to the bone.  I just completed a two-day workshop that was off-the-charts, exceeding all expectations for me.  I am still amazed at the talent, the enthusiasm, the growth and all-around good will that I experienced among these watercolor enthusiasts.  I pledge to you readers that I will have much more to share about this, when I am more awake!  However, I must rise early tomorrow (Saturday), board a school bus, and accompany the Martin High School art club to the Rachofsky House and to the Dallas Arboretum, for a day of museum study and plein air art.  After two days of four-hour round-trip travel and workshops, I am still drained of energy and right now must get some sleep.  So . . . I will be writing you very soon, hopefully tomorrow night when I finish the art club field trip.  There is so much to catch up and report over these recent days.

Pictured above is today’s studio demonstration.  I resumed work on the Saint Ignatius Academy that I haven’t touched for about three weeks, and am really looking forward to getting up-to-my-elbows in this painting again.  It was a pleasure working on it today, and answering questions from the workshop participants.  After a day of plein air yesterday, we chose to stay indoors today and work in a studio atmosphere.  The conversations were first-rate, and I appreciated each and every artist who engaged in our shared activity today.  I miss them already.

Thanks for reading.

Star Harbor Watercolor Society Workshop

April 12, 2012

Star Harbor Watercolor Society Workshop

I’m exhausted, but I wanted to post at least one picture from the first day of our workshop at Star Harbor Watercolor Society.  Eighteen participants showed up early this morning, eager to begin painting.  I found their company and questions very stimulating, and their enthusiasm contagious.  We spent the entire day, experimenting in plein air techniques.  Tomorrow we plan to divide our day between plein air and studio time.  I cannot wait to get back to them.

Thanks for reading.