I had the delightful experience this past week of visiting Boone, North Carolina, for a five-day "Sketching in Watercolor" workshop hosted by Cheap Joe's Art Outlet, featuring award-winning artist, Brenda Swenson. I admire her watercolors and sketches and couldn't pass up the opportunity to learn from her when I discovered she was visiting the east to give a workshop.
Porch outside the class room--a place to retreat for breaks or to enjoy lunch.
The daily warm-ups accomplished so many things. Practice in concentrating, accepting the wobbles in our drawings, awareness of time, moving continuously without getting stuck on any one area, focus, and just getting it down no matter how imperfect. In fact, one of the mottos of class-- "perfect is boring". What we found as we looked at each other's work was that the wobbles contributed to the uniqueness, charm and style of each drawing.
We learned as much from our critiques as we did from the art exercises and they were fun! Everyone's art is different and the variations in style and creativity are exciting. Brenda pointed out positives in each work and gave suggestions for improvements, providing great visual examples to aid memory.
Tennessee artist Kay Alexander (left), Brenda Swenson and Vickie Henderson in Boone, NC.
Resources and information:
Brenda Swenson's website
Kay Alexander's website
Cheap Joe's Art Supplies