Southwestern Watercolor Society presents a three-day impressionistic watercolor workshop by Andy Evansen. http://swswatercolor.org/workshops/andy-evansen-3-day-workshop Andy will also give a demonstration at the March 8th meeting of SWS (7pm at Lovers Lane Methodist Church, Ashbury Hall,
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas,)
Time: March 8, 9 and 10 – 2016
Place: Artist’s Showplace – Richardson, Texas
Cost: $250 for SWS Members, $300 for Non-Members.
To register for the Andy Evansen 3 Day Workshop, see the Registration Form (bottom of page.)
Andy began painting watercolors in the mid 1990’s, is largely self-taught, and has studied with such well-know watercolorists as Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic.
His watercolors first gained recognition after winning an international competition through American Artist magazine in 2005. His paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist’s Watercolor magazine and in International Artist,Watercolor Artist, Plein Air and American Art Collector magazines. His award-winning paintings are in collections on 4 continents and he has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally.
He served as president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006, was elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and is now serving as their president. He remains the only watercolorist invited to exhibit in the annual ‘Wild Side’ Exhibition, a show of works done on Catalina Island by some of the top landscape painters in the country. His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, the High Winds Medal at the 2015 AWS Exhibition, and the Painters Award in the Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition.
I strive for an Impressionistic portrayal of the landscape in my watercolors. By concentrating on the large shapes and overall design, and leaving something to the imagination, the viewer is forced to interpret details. This makes them a participant in the painting, enhancing their enjoyment of it.
This method of painting demands a quick approach. The paint must be applied boldly and confidently to avoid an overworked, “muddy” look. In order to achieve this, a great deal of planning needs to go into the painting before the brush even hits the paper. Once I get the design I like and an accurate sketch, I’m free to let loose with the paint and let the unique, spontaneous qualities of watercolor take over.
The results are unpredictable at times, but when pigments start flowing into each other on the paper and Mother Nature takes over, the beauty of watercolors is most evident.
— Andy Evansen
“There seems to be a never-endinq quest to loosen up in watercolor. I hear it from my students all the time.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings, especially when working from photographic reference. Painting loosely doesn’t just ‘happen’, it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However, there are techniques that can speed up this process. In my workshop, we’ll discuss ways to simplify a scene into larger shapes that will help you paint more boldly.
Value studies are emphasized from the outset. I will complete at least one demonstration painting each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures. By the end of the class, each student should have enough information to help them on their path to painting impressionistic watercolors.”
Weather permitting, Andy will demonstrate outside with his plein air easel.
Registration form coming soon.