February 17 – 24, 2018 – Andy Evanson – Loosening Up Your Watercolor Painting

Andy Evanson, February 17 – 24, 2018 – LooseningAndy portraitHeadshot up your watercolor painting, with Andy Evanson

The Dog WalkersAndy Eavanson, The Dog Walkers, watercolor on paper
Loosening up your watercolor painting, with Andy Evanson

“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, and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important.

Blue_AwningAndy Evanson, Blue Awning, watercolor on paper, 14" x 10"

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.

The_Cactus_FenceAndy Evanson, The Cactus Fence, watercolor on paper, 11" x 15"

My workshop will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene. These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in color. Too often the ‘found edges’, or details, take over the painter’s thinking process, and the result is a tight watercolor. In order to loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly. This class will give you the tools and confidence to do just that.

Afternoon RooftopsAndy Evanson, Afternoon Rooftops, watercolor on paper

Imagine the best art workshop vacation of your life: Painting in a charming fishing village inspired by exotic locals along the gorgeous Pacific coast of Mexico , with master watercolor painter Andy Evanson! Immerse yourself in the joys of authentic Mexican village life at one of the most beautiful and arts oriented locales in Latin America, Casa de los Artistas, in the serene village of Boca de Tomatlan, 10 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.

Beach LoungersAndy Evanson, Beach Loungers, watercolor on paper

Join Andy as we paint on the beach in front of the Casa – (or in the open air Casa studio), with the fishing boats, exotic birds, waves, river, village and mountains all around us. Experience the gorgeous rock formations of the Mexican Pacific coast as we take a boat trip, (with opportunity of seeing whales, dolphin, tortoise and mantas) and then onto sketch and picnic at a beautiful beach. Spend the day painting incredible flora and vistas as we make the hacienda at the award winning Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens our studio where they serve us a delicious lunch. Step back in time as we spend the day painting in and around the zocalo of the quaint  mountain town of El Tuito, stopping only to have a sumptuous lunch in the patio garden of a hacienda style restaurant off the town square. This and more adventures await you when you join Andy Evanson for Loosening Up Your Watercolor Painting in Paradise at Casa de los Artistas.