I was very lucky to have a spot in Iain Stewart's workshop this past week. The workshop, titled Sketchbook to Studio, was at Judy Schroeder's wonderful gallery and studio space in the City of Orange, California. Old Town Orange was the perfect location for some plein air sketching and painting which we could develop further in the studio under Iain's expert guidance.
Iain is such friendly and fun person while also being a generous and inspiring instructor. What could be better! Well, he's also an amazing watercolor painter. Workshops are an opportunity for me to see how artists I admire translate what they see to the paper. Seeing how they mix colors, handle their brushes, apply paint, and add special touches are as valuable as what they say. I'm happy to have gotten so many terrific tips from Iain's workshop. I need to pay more attention to a careful preliminary drawing before jumping in with paint, and Iain was an excellent artist to watch at all stages. Now I'm also paying more attention to relationships and alignments. I haven't been keeping a sketchbook but I'm inspired to do that now after seeing Iain's amazing sketchbooks. Should be fun thanks to Iain!
|8 x 10" watercolor after Iain's demo of this view|
|Sketchbook page of the 55 Freeway after Iain's demo|
|55 Freeway way off in the distance at the right|
|Iain added some touches as Dan held an umbrella|