Catharine Gill, Focus on Line and Gesture

Event Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Location: 
Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division Street, Leavenworth, WA

Focus on Line and Gesture

Learn to capture not just the beauty of the trees along the Wenatchee River, but also their strength and wildness, in the mixed media of watercolor and pastel pencil. 

In the first hour, we will go outside along the river and paths, and learn to see and incorporate the trees' structure, gesture and volume in our drawings, noticing the roots, branches and shape and clusters of the foliage. Our focus will be on creating loose and gestural lines that describe the feeling of the trees. Once inside the studio we will create watercolor paintings from our line drawings, combining and complementing the two media of pastel pencil and paint.

 

There will be instructor demonstrations both inside and out, discussion on drawing and painting trees, and continual guidance in the classroom.

 

 

 

Register: 

contact programs@wenatcheeriverinstitute.org or call 509 548-0181 ext. 4

Course Fee: 
85
About the Speaker

Life as an artist continues to be exciting, challenging, sometimes balanced and always fun. My energies all go into finding new ways to be creative in doing my artwork, teaching and marketing. My work space is my studio in the Georgetown area of Seattle. It is also all the many places that I go to paint and teach workshops. Working on location has a real depth of experience that expands my skills and my mind. My outdoor studio ranges from the park near my house, to the industrial area of Seattle where my studio is located, to the Cascade Mountains, which are less than an hour drive from my home. It also extends to China, Montana, Portland, Oregon and Italy. But it could also be out the car window.

 

I enjoy working on location. I like what happens with the ideas that are generated when I am out there. New shapes and marks and ideas develop. I might start in the fall standing in front of a forest and painting orange trees, but wind up realizing it is a refuge, that the small animals are starting to hunker down to survive, and the painting then becomes about safe places in hard times.