Watercolor from Within: Painting the Essence of Nature
Third Session – Advanced Beginner to Advanced
This workshop is for all who want to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process of painting, are willing to be flexible, take risks, have fun, be intuitive and inventive. You will not be using rules and formulas but still the emphasis will be on concept, color and design. The inspiration comes both from nature and the inevitable unpredictability of the watercolor medium. Both abstract and realistic forms will be addressed.
Barbara will present and demonstrate a different method or idea each day using several techniques to show how to construct original paintings from both source material and the imagination. Topics include controlling paint on wet paper, under-painting, layering and adding gouache. Critiques will approach problem solving upon the premise that there is always a solution that can turn an unsuccessful painting into a successful one.
Barbara Nechis is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in history and fine arts and an M.S. from Alfred University. She was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North America and abroad. She served as a board member and juror of the American Watercolor Society and is the author of Watercolor From the Heart and Watercolor the Creative Experience. Her work appears in many publications and collections, among them the Butler Institute of American Art, IBM and Citicorp. She maintained a studio in New Rochelle, NY for many years before relocating to the Napa Valley in Northern California.