Bring your painting skills to a higher level! In this workshop, Frank will share the advanced techniques he uses to create the atmosphere, balance and unity in his work as he reveals his secrets to painting these luminous watercolors: the manipulation of tonal values, color and edge. He will cover laying down basic washes, as well as the time sensitive, challenging wet-on-wet and dry-on-wet approaches that let you capture the great variety of textures in the local landscapes, coastal areas and cityscapes where we’ll paint during the week.
Frank’s thorough discussions and demonstrations address the challenges of composition, direct color mixing, positive and negative painting as well as your ‘state of mind’ while painting. He’ll do daily demos, working in stages with lots of discussion; this allows you to fully absorb every aspect of his technique. This class is in Belfast which has a great variety of painting sites; we have a big studio should the weather not cooperate! You’ll have plenty of time to paint on your own, and to get focused individual feedback. Prepare to take home a great selection of new skills that will enhance your future work!
Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian master painter Renato Casaro in 1994 and 95. In the ’80s and ’90s, he worked as a professional illustrator for video cover sleeves and as a commissioned portrait artist, Primarily a Plein air painter, his love of travel has given him prime opportunities to paint: he lived for three years in the south of France, and has painted on location in Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany and other countries. Frank is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature member of the American Watercolor Society (AWS), the National Watercolor Society (NWS), the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and Watercolor West (WW). He is a juried Artist member of the prestigious California Art Club. He conducts workshops and demonstrations both locally and internationally.
2015 104th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition CAC, March 29 – April 19, 2015
USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles
American Watercolor Society, 148th Annual International Exhibition, New York City, NY: April 6 – 25
2014 103rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition April March 30 – April 20, Autry National Center, Los Angeles California.
American Watercolor Society, 147th Annual International Exhibition, New York City, NY: April 2 -20
Winner of the High Winds Medal Award with ‘After the ride’
3rd Annual Plein Air Salon competition, winner Dec/ Jan with ‘ I dream of sheep’
TWSA 38th National Exhibition, Kenosha, WI: May 4- August4, 2014
Society of Watercolor artist, May 20 to June 22, Juror’s award with ‘ Like a fish outta water’
NWS Member show, San Pedro CA, June7-August17, 2014
Eau en Couleur – International Watercolour Biennial in Belgium, August 15 – September 7, 2014
Exhibition at Studios on the park, Paso Robles CA, August 14 to September 06, 2014
San Diego Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibition, October 1 – 31, 2014
Watercolor West 46th International Exhibition, October 11 – December 14, 2014 Winner of the Jean Seybold Award
with ‘Orange Shadows’
35th Annual International Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, November 8, 2014 – February 8, 2015
San Diego Museum of Art, 2nd Annual Plein Air Exhibition, October 10 – November 9, 2014
Exhibition at Studios on the park, Paso Robles CA, December 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015
International Artist magazine feature: October / November 2012
Some General Class Information:
- Most classes will be limited to a maximum of 16 to allow for optimal individual attention; do make sure your instructor knows where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!
- We will process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt.
- You will get a Supply List and more detailed info when you Register, and again about a month before the class. The first day, the Studio will open early…we will make sure you know the time!
- If you will need mediums or other supplies/equipment, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy in class. You are also welcome to ship things ahead. Ask for the address!
- Classes usually run M-F, between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…never fewer than 6 total/day, but sometimes we start earlier or end later…or both!
- We eat dinner (Dutch) somewhere as a group at least once, usually Monday nite for starters; friends, companions, hosts are welcome to come along.
- We always have a lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting.
- The plan for the day is weather-dependent and usually decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or each morning!
- Our Studio is large with good light; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It is possible to paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!
- There is ample free parking at the Studio, which is within easy walking distance of downtown.
- We carpool (or sometimes walk) to painting sites, most of which have shade and at the least, a porta potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions and we often caravan. Please do NOT depend on your GPS unless we give the Go Ahead…It is often wrong!
- Each class has an experienced Monitor who is your Go-To person for any problems or needs…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!
- Downtown has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint!
- For Lodging and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.
- Cancelation and Refund info is at the bottom of the online Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)
- And be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!