Workshops - Keiko Tanabe

Keiko Tanabe

Keiko Tanabe - Watercolor: Keep It Simple and Strong, February 15-19, 5 Days, All Levels

Keiko Tanabe is award-winning artist and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Often working en plein air, her atmospheric watercolors perfectly capture a sense of time and place. Through her use of color, textures, and signature brushwork, Keiko’s landscapes and cityscapes beautifully convey both the exotic and the simple scenes of the many places she travels. 

Keiko is essentially self-taught, as she started painting following a single drawing class in 2004. A year later, after studying basic drawing and watercolor at a local community school in San Diego, Keiko decided to paint full-time. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language. Her subjects include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior scenes, which will be demonstrated in the workshop, using representational and impressionistic compositions. Since 2011, Keiko has given more than 100 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world.

This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of how 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 and atmosphere.  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.  The ability to do so and quickly is especially useful when painting en plein air.   This class will be held mostly indoors, however there may be some plein air as well.

Through various exercises and 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.  All levels welcome but basic knowledge and watercolor experience is strongly recommended for students to benefit from this workshop.

Here is the detailed workshop description and materials list for this class. Please note that this class may include plein air, weather permitting.

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Non Members Fee: $500.00 Members Fee: $450.00

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