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Designing Nature and Figures in the Landscape

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Special Watercolor Workshop with Don Andrews

Discover ways to simplify subject matter; how color and value create balance and control the viewer’s eye. You’ll understand contrast and how abstraction applied to landscape painting creates a well-designed painting…unique to you.

Nature is beautiful, exciting and endlessly fascinating, but…nature is disorganized (trees and flowers grow where they will). It is the artist’s job not to copy but to organize nature. The good news is we’re good at it.

The first two days we’ll explore many ways to solve nature’s puzzle. People say they’re not good designers but they are. We use our design sense when we organize our living rooms, choose clothes that match or balance the flowers we plant in our gardens. Learn to use that same unique sense of order to better organize your paintings.

In the second two days Don promises you’ll lose your fear of painting figures in your landscapes. In daily demos, Don explains the common mistakes we all seem to make when painting figures in a scene, and how easily those errors can be corrected. We’ll explore a variety of ways to use the human form as an accent, point of interest or dominant character in landscape painting.

Expect loads of demos, fun challenges and personal attention.

Classes will be held at the Homestead Resort where special room rates will be available for participating students. We thank the Homestead for providing us with a classroom in the Mountain Flowers Lodge.

Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, and a resident of Austin, Texas. Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society. Don has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe for over 30 years.

Don is the author of the books, Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor and Rough Sketches: Short Stories of a Traveling Artist. He has also created DVD workshop sets that are based on what he teaches in a full week workshop: one on painting figures and one on painting landscapes, as well as his DVD, “Making Watercolor Glow” taken from his original video. He is also featured in the Watson Guptill publication Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor and North Light’s book, Confident Color and has had numerous feature articles published in American Artist magazine, and the Watercolor issue of American Artist. DonAndrews.net

Supply List | Homestead Info | Four-day Workshop: October 16, 17, 18, and 19 | Time: 9 am – 4 pm


October 16, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mountain Flowers Lodge
The Homestead Resort
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States


Don Andrews

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