Sketching is a visual question. A sketch can be a quick rendering that tells a certain truth with economy. It can be complete in the state of incompletion. A sketch can also be a way to figure out what you are seeing and how you can translate that observed reality into a painting or drawing. The term ” study” is one seen frequently in art history books for this kind of drawing, but I really hate that word. The word ” exploration” is a lot better and more descriptive of what the eye and hand try to accomplish.
Sketching is particularly valuable to watercolor painters because it is one step closer to abstraction. The best watercolors have a high degree of abstraction in the application of mark-making. Take a look at John Singer Sargent or Winslow Homer’s tropical paintings to fully appreciate the value of graphic simplification when applied to watercolor work.
This workshop will be perfect for those who want to find a method of sketching to support a painting practice.
Registration information is on NANCY COUICK’S website. Each day will run from 10 am till 4 pm— so eat your Wheaties before we begin!