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If you liked the “essential watercolor” technique from Birds in Watercolor and Beyond, I have some very good news for you:
The Essential Bird and Flower in Watercolor
A two-day workshop with Val Webb
Friday, January 9 from 1 to 5pm
Saturday, January 10 from 10am to 3pm
Mobile Museum of Art
$150 members / $180 non-members
Inspired by the bird-and-flower paintings used centuries ago as a form of meditation by Buddhist monks, learn to see the essential parts of your subject and paint them in a series of simple, richly colored brush strokes. Learn to use the spontaneous flow of watercolor to paint birds and blooms that are loose and dynamic, yet surprisingly accurate in their appearance. Use techniques borrowed from traditional Chinese painting — dropping, blowing, and mixing color directly on the paper — to paint vibrant botanicals. No experience necessary, and you do not need to know how to draw. There is a very short supply list, and instructor will also provide some supplies. There is a possibility that you will get paint droplets on your clothing, so wear “studio clothes” or bring an old shirt along.
Info and registration here:
Susan Wertelecki said:
How exciting about the workshop at MMA. Count me and Konstantin in!
Thank you, Susan! The museum is in charge of sign-ups, so call or email them and let them know. It’s going to be fun…
Your birds are wonderful. Do you teach these techniques in an online class?
Thank you, Janet! And yes, this technique is part of my “Birds in Watercolor and Beyond” course. The next session begins January 12. More info is on the “Upcoming Online Classes” page of this blog.
Thank you for asking what I was about to Janet! 🙂 I hope to join this class in Jan. Val! 🙂 I’ve done your colored pencil birds.
Shady Gardener said:
How fun! Wish that I could be there…. but I plan to get down there for a class someday!! 🙂
Kay Stringer said:
Val, I am considering this class…I have taken some of your classes online but I am afraid I am not disciplined enough to keep up and I am very unsure of my work. I think I do better in person. I could probably fly into Mobile on Thursday for the class on Friday and Sat. Do you teach any longer classes, say 3-4 days or a week? I so admire your work. Kay
Kay, I would love for you to be there! Please do not be concerned about keeping up — the students will range from “never picked up a paintbrush in my life” to emerging professional, but most will be beginning to intermediate experience level. You will have no trouble, and my approach is very step-by-step and very encouraging. I promise you that you will have a wonderful time. Depending on the response to the January workshop (and it already appears to be strong) I may teach a longer workshop at the museum in May. It will focus on botanicals.