I took the 5 day WSO Workshop with Kathleen Conover several weeks ago in Silverton, Oregon at the beautiful setting of the Oregon Garden following the spring convention of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. I have primarily been a realistic painter and for the past several years was venturing out by creating abstract design in my backgrounds but still keeping a focal point that was realistic. I can share with you that from the minute I heard Kathleen speak about design and composition I knew that I had strayed from my basic foundations learned years ago. I guess I thought I didn't have to follow the steps on paper as long as I had a plan in my head. I was fooling myself. I will now have a plan before I venture to the paper with my brush, mostly because our brains can trick us away from following our plan. It was a very intense but worthwhile 5 days of learning -- often outside my comfort zone. We had "starts" in the workshop and three were close to being finished. There was a lot of lifting and adding paint but I am very happy with the results. It will be fun to see what comes out of my studio next--allowing myself six months to really work through all the information I have been given and see where it leads. Thanks you Kathleen for your outstanding teaching!
Sharing my paintings with others is one of the joys in my life. Educating others about how I paint and the media I use is very important and why I wanted to reach out through this blog. Hope you will add a comment about what you see.