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Fall Watercolor Workshop: Sterling Edwards

2015 Sterling Edwards Painting 5

Sorry, this class is full. Please call if you would like to be added to the waiting list: 231-334-6112.

Spend four days with Sterling Edwards as he shows a multitude of watercolor techniques and styles. This special workshop will focus on creative and expressive ways to paint a watercolor that is the artist’s personal interpretation. Topics covered include: building a strong composition, controlling light, building rich values, color expression, expressive brush techniques, and much more.

If you’re new to watercolors or a seasoned professional, you’ll find this workshop inspiring and eye opening. Learn more about Sterling Edwards and see numerous examples of his watercolors on his web site: www.sterlingedwards.com. Take advantage of this opportunity to paint with one of the foremost watercolorists in the country – All here in Glen Arbor!

Artist’s statement: “At what point does an artist make a conscious decision to be artistic? Is it enough to merely replicate what I see or should I strive to convey my feeling about my subject with a strong and unique visual statement? Do I really have something to say about the subject or am I just trying to paint an attractive piece of art?

Considering that everything I see is a symphony of shapes, colors, and values I have endless possibilities at my disposal with which to make a strong visual statement. Whether I choose to orchestrate them as a total abstraction, a stylized interpretation, or a representational rendering will depend on the subject and my feeling at the time of the painting. I may choose to distort shapes, rearrange elements, or exaggerate colors in my attempt to speak to the viewer. Art is about expression and translation. It’s important that I always remember that.

Is the end result of this journey an attractive piece of art? Maybe yes or no depending on who has taken the time to view it. An interpretive piece of art does not necessarily have to be attractive; it just has to be true as visualized by the artist.”

Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master with an extraordinary ability to translate his thoughts into expressive and often abstract paintings. Predominantly self-taught, Sterling has run the gauntlet of painting styles, from photo-realism to total abstraction. Believing that there is balance in the middle, he has developed an expressive style of painting that interprets everyday scenes and objects in a way that invites the viewer to expand their imagination and visualize the world as Sterling sees it. Sterling was a featured artist in the fall 2001 issue of Watercolor Magic in an expose titled “Ones to watch”, and has been featured in numerous newspaper articles throughout the US and Canada. In 2007, he was awarded signature member status in the renowned Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. He is the author of the best selling North Light book “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”, and is a featured artist in numerous other books including “Best of America Watermedia, Volume II”. In 2010, Sterling was awarded signature member status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Highly respected among his peers, he is often commissioned to jury International, national, and regional art competitions.

Today, Sterling’s book, signature line of products, and instructional DVD’s are marketed worldwide. His award winning water media paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world and he is represented by several galleries in the U.S and Canada. He works from his home studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

We thank The Homestead for providing us with a classroom in the Mountain Flowers Lodge. Registered students receive a discount on hotel rooms at The Homestead. You may find other places to stay in the area on the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce website: www.visitglenarbor.com/places-to-stay.


Supply List: Fall Watercolor Workshop
Workshop Dates: October 12, 13, 14, & 15 | Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm


October 12, 2015
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Mountain Flowers Lodge
The Homestead Resort
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States


Sterling Edwards
Intermediate / Advanced

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