Saturday, April 07, 2012
I'm in the process of creating a tutorial e-guide on painting water and to do so, I need to write down every step of the process, which can be very time consuming. It may well be a book by the time its finished as there's so much to cover. This painting is 10" x 10" on canvas panel in acrylic, a popular medium with many artists for many reasons. Acrylic has as much potential as oil in painting, but slightly different handling, so the switch back and forth between it and oil becomes challenging sometimes.
I'll have a bit of a test run of the process at the workshop I'll deliver next weekend and that will provide feedback for additional tweaks. A 6 hour workshop doesn't provide enough time to do more than a sampling of exercises, concepts and technique practice for participants. A full 2 or 3 days would give a more in-depth understanding of painting water.
I am considering the option of holding an online workshop for the future, and there's still a lot of work to do to put that in place, but I hope that by the fall I will have something ready to offer. Online opportunity for artists to learn technique is a non-threatening and affordable way for individuals to participate from all parts of the world. The use of video, step by step photographs and information on technique that can be accessed over and over makes the experience of an online workshop more effective than attending one in person sometimes, as the material can be reviewed as much as required to understand a particular point.