Keiko Tanabe March 13 – 20, 2021

Capturing Essence with Watercolor


This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood. The process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, this ability to see the end result of a painting, through the mind’s eye, is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision. Through complete, step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration, through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content that is full of light and atmosphere.

This workshop is open to all levels (basic knowledge & some previous experiences strongly recommended to gain the most benefit from this workshop)

Keiko Tanabe, Vancouver Evening, watercolor
Keiko Tanabe, Jacaranda, Mexico City, watercolor

Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior. The introduction focuses on the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye.

Keiko Tanabe, Sakura, Kyoto, Japan, watercolor

The areas of topic covered in this workshop include: a preliminary drawing and composition, a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling, what makes a good design, understanding of relationship of dark and light values, planning & intuition, and how to edit complex visual information.

Keiko Tanabe, City Lights, Chicago, watercolor

There will be a demonstration, plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis. A class critique may be conducted at the end.

Keiko Tanabe, Lagos, Portugal, watercolor
Keiko Tanabe, Star of India watercolor
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Keiko Tanabe March 13 – 20, 2021
You can reserve your place with a $500. credit card deposit, (no surcharge) or pay in full (surcharge applies)

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