Jeannie McGuire: Watercolor Workshop: Figurative Design- Character is More. September 10-13, 2017.

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Jeannie McGuire: Watercolor Workshop: Figurative Design- Character is More. September 10-13, 2017.

525.00

Watercolor Workshop:  Figurative Design - Character Is More

September 10-13, 2017
Monday-Thursday
9:30 am-4:30 pm

All Levels:  For artists’ with a desire to create beyond their comfort level. Advanced beginner and up 

About the Workshop:

In Jeannie’s Figurative Design Watercolor Workshops she aims to inspire artists to create character in their figurative work.  Jeannie shares her painting application and spontaneous thoughts and stories that guide her design process and style.  As a student you are encouraged to be imaginative about the people in your reference photos and to study their expressions, body language, surroundings and interactions.  You will hear about natural design in reference materials, cropping for impact, versatility of pigment to water ratios, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white as an additional pigment, and the freedom to change your mind (yes in watercolor).  Individual workshops vary from a one project intensive to a week of varied projects such as; exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way; focusing on a single figure with an obscure background; and intertwining a group of people with their background elements. Students receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.  

The following projects are loosely described as guidance for reference photos.

Face Project:  Character is more than a pretty face

Approach the face as a work of art versus a traditional portrait. Look for photo references that denote demeanor.  This project will have you working on 3 individual faces simultaneously.  Reference the same face or three different faces.  Your choice of paper size but draw large so the measure from the chin to hairline is a minimum of 8” or fill a full sheet.    

Single Figure Project:  Character is more with an obscured background. 

Simplify facial features and focus on spontaneous brushwork to allude to the subject’s attitude, action or persona, body language or movement.  Drawing a single figure you will replace scenery with obscure linear design, shapes and brushwork.  Draw face size larger than 3”.  

Group of Figures Project:  Character is more with contrasting focal points.

Intentionally connect, intertwine or separate your subjects of 2 or more to show a relationship or non-relationship with one another.  Background objects, scenery or obscurity should play a supportive and purposeful role to the subject.  Draw face size larger than 3” if possible.  

Works in Progress:  A painting revisited – is it really finished?

Bring along a few of your paintings that you are willing to continue painting on.  Select pieces that are in progress or you are struggling with or even paintings you think might be finished.

Artist Bio

Jeannie McGuire, a Pittsburgh-based watercolor artist, strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression. Narratives are communicated in such works as “Kenneth,” the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection. McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity. Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, and artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer. Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one.  McGuire has been featured in all of the major art magazines as well as books including:  Masters of Watercolor / Мастера акварели by Konstantin Strerkhov

Her works have been displayed and awarded on an International level. Recently accepted into The Jiangsu Contemporary Art Museum, Nanjing, China for the Nanjing International Watemedia Masters

International Exhibition.

  www.jeanniemcguire.com.

 

 

 

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To register for this workshop, please fill out the Registration Form and submit, then pay the deposit online or by mailing a check to Warehouse 521, 521 Heather Place, Nashville, TN. 37204.  Any questions, email jeanie at warehouse521@gmail.com. Thank you!

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