August 11-15 (5 days, Sun-Thurs)     Fee $550

ALISON WATT ~ Moving Botanicals Towards Abstraction

About the workshop

Medium: watercolours plus

mixed media

Levels: beginner to experienced (drawing experience is helpful)

This 5-day workshop is designed to help students paint more loosely. Beginning with drawings made from live material in a local garden we will explore techniques and materials, which help us move away from strictly realisitic interpretation, to paint more intuitively while still referring to a solid foundation of composition, line, colour and value. The student can take this approach into any subsequent subject material.

Supplies list

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About the artist

I am a painter who writes; I am a writer who paints. Writing has been a way to express more accurately what I am drawn to express in the non-verbal language of painting. Both are equally important to me.

Both my painting and my writing are influenced by my background as a biologist and the years I have spent living and working close to nature. I began drawing, as many biologists do, with field and specimen sketches. Working in a botanical garden, I became enchanted with the formal beauty and meditative quality of botanical painting. In recent years I have explored the great versatility of acrylics paints and mediums, in landscape, still life, and abstracts. Abstract in particular has pushed my boundaries as an artist and helped develop an understanding of the power of composition and colour.

I have shown my paintings in Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo, in galleries, solo, and group shows, and was represented by the Red Art Gallery in Victoria until its closing in 2015.

My paintings have received awards in juried shows, including the Sidney Fine Arts Show and are placed in many private collections. I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and teach both in my studio and institutions.

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