Why do people want to paint landscapes? What does a painting do that a photograph can’t? Why is watercolor such a frequent medium for these paintings? We’ll examine possible reasons, I will demonstrate some of my answers, and together we will practice some of the skills that underlie the discipline. If the weather and virus restrictions cooperate, we will begin from exercises done outdoors to the most difficult and rewarding practice of all – painting outdoors from life. If it’s too inclement, we’ll discuss ways of working indoors from sketches and photos that keep the results bold, fresh and lively. The workshop is planned to take place at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, “one of North America’s 10 best botanical gardens.” See https://bloedelreserve.org for more information. Participants should be prepared to walk with their gear as far as 1/2 mile, so backpacks or rolling carts are a good idea.

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