This photograph by Thomas Begbie of Blackfriar’s Alley in old Edinburgh, Scotland will be used as reference.
“In this class we will explore how to use vintage photography as a reference for watercolor paintings. Our objective will be taking a black and white photograph and, using value as our guide, create a painting in color that reflects how we perceive the reference. Our goal is not an exact replica but to breathe new life into forgotten times. There are many sources of imagery to be found on the internet and during this time of slowed travel I have found solace in a sort of time travel. Looking at cities I love and the old places there that are now gone.”
The class is live and interactive on ZOOM
Dates: June 14 & 15 from 9am-noon PDT
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Participants: Max 20
Price: $198 for 6 hours.
Sample of Iain’s art
“I believe that a workshop without the worry of success typically leads just there.”
Iain Stewart is Scots born watercolor artist and a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies among other state and international entities. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and instructor.
He has been published in Watercolor Artist, The Art of Watercolour, Plein Air Magazine, Southern Living, Cottage Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Robb Report, Watercolor Artist Magazine, Splash 15 16 18, 20 and the French publication Pratique des Arts. He has also contributed to the Urban Sketchers book series.
His first book En Plein Air- Light and Color published by Walter Foster will be published April of 2021.
Most recently his painting “Oh to be Back in the Land of Coca~Cola” won the Marge Saroka Memorial Award in the 152nd American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York- 2019
His work “Swedish Trains” was exhibited in the Fabriano Aquarello International Exhibition in Fabriano, Italy.
His article “Etching in Memories” was published in the June issue of Watercolor Artist.
In addition to gallery work, Iain is an Architectural Illustrator with an international clientele and teaches watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.
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 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.
More info about Iain Stewart on his website.
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