Watercolor/Figure workshop October 6-7, Honolulu Museum School
I’m putting together a workshop on the figure in watercolor for October 6-7. A powerpoint presentation on watercolor painters and exceptional examples of indicating the figure (my love for Rembrandt’s drawings will be publicly outed!) along with a series of good exercises I’ve developed with and without the live model will round out the weekend. I think it will be very helpful, a game -changer for some, and I’m looking forward to it.
We needed to come up with an image for promoting the workshop, so I spent an afternoon coming up with this little piece out of my head, which I always find to be a great challenge and a practice that I advocate strongly. There were a lot of options for subjects, but I eventually decided upon representing the artist being publicly critiqued by a passing dilettante.
This choice gave me a crowd to show simple background figures, a developed central male and female pairing, the man being rather Boho and the other rather stylish, some color, and physical gestures/body language to work with. And most painters can identify with the cheerful, helpful novice that happens to drop by and interrupt everything at the worst possible moment.
The artist looks uncomfortably and unintentionally like myself, so I suppose that shapely woman might be my dear wife Iris, except she won’t go near a bicycle. Anyway, it’s loose, and it’s done.