Andy Evansen: The Impressionistic Landscape in Watercolor! Andy Evansen

We are so excited to bring Andy back to Maine…we’d have him every year if we could!


942375_600856383266137_1226665234_n12400893_10207327217446153_8450362853703839430_nThere seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor but painting loosely doesn’t just ‘happen’, it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time.  Having one-on-one expert guidance from a skilled instructor can really help move you along this path!13887049_10208831182484339_8323360064123730580_n

It’s also easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings. Editing out the non-essential, whether working from photo reference or painting on location critical and good painters have learned the techniques that can speed up this process.  In Andy’s workshop, you’ll discuss ways to simplify a scene into the larger shapes that will help you paint more boldly right from the start, essential to the creation of a loose, atmospheric and successful painting! 734017_577814175570358_640802245_n

993851_10207291537634180_9141821672566001585_n-112645251_10207358756994622_3141249624455258931_nEmphasizing value studies from the outset, Andy will complete at least one demo each day, covering topics such as drawing, skies, trees, buildings, water, and figures.  By the end of the class, you should be well on your way to comfortably painting those impressionistic watercolors you so love.1380147_663065293711912_1348262152_n

A quote: 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, Mother Nature takes over, and the beauty of watercolors is most evident! A.Evansen

14022263_10209018075756554_1118922127531170311_nAndy began painting watercolors as a change from the detailed digital images he creates as a medical illustrator.  His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005.  He’s been featured in numerous other publications since and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally.  He served as President of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006, and after being elected a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 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 and the Painters Award in Northwest Watercolor Society’s 2012 Waterworks Exhibition, and in 2015 he received the High Winds Medal and his signature status from the American Watercolor Society. He was a featured presenter at the 2014 Plein Air Convention and Expo in Monterey, CA.  In November of 2015 he travels to Nanning, China with Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, John Salminen, Konstantin Sterkhov and Stanislaw Zoladz for a watercolor exhibition and plein air event.Andy recently opened his own studio gallery, Evansen Art Studio, in Hastings, MN. Check him out on Facebook; he continually posts new work!

Some General Class Information:

  • We will process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the online Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • We’ll send a Supply List and more detailed info when you Register, and again about 2 weeks before the class. Print and tuck into your painting kit…then you’ll know where to find it all!

  • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy in class. You are also welcome to ship materials to arrive the week before…ask for the address and details!

  • The first day, the Studio will open at 8:15 AM… Classes usually run M-F between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…never fewer than 6 hours total/day, but starting and ending times may vary according to your instructor.

  • 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 1 hr lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting. We order in the AM…you pay in cash on the last day before you leave!

  • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, when we meet in the Studio each morning!

  • If your class is Plein Air, make sure your Class Monitors know 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!

  • 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 stay and paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!

  • There is free parking at the Studio building, which is within a few blocks of downtown.

  • We carpool 3 to a car (or sometimes walk if it’s close) to Plein Air painting sites, many of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions and we usually caravan. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!

  • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…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, many accessible to the single painter that a class can’t utilize…if you can, take a look around!

  • For Lodging (scroll down for Belfast) and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

  • If you have any problems, tell us!! We can’t fix anything if we don’t hear till you get home!

  • Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!