Watercolour as a Path to Awareness

September 12 - 16, 2018

Explore watercolour’s magical flowing spontaneity and essential techniques as you paint directly from nature. Enhance your perception, way of “seeing” and connectedness to the earth with this travel friendly medium.

A dynamic watercolour demonstration exploring painting as a form of meditation and play begins this program. Uncover the secret hydrodynamics of watercolour paint and the brush work manipulation of the “bead” to define form. Tools, colours and materials are simplified to achieve profound results with the minimum equipment that this portable medium affords.

A refreshing colour exercise reveals a clear painting objective. Learn to mix and create the colours you observe, as well as develop a visual vocabulary for painting from imagination. Perception exercises and shape reading demonstrations show you how to achieve likeness and proportion. Capture the moment on paper as you paint outdoors inspired by the wondrous beauty of Cortes Island.

All levels welcome!

Canadian artist David McEown has used the medium of watercolour for the past 25+ years to explore and express many of this earth’s disappearing wilderness areas. His paintings from Antarctica to the North Pole are represented in collections worldwide.

David is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, which in 2005 awarded him the society’s prestigious A.J. Casson Medal. He is a sought after teacher and has conducted workshops and multimedia presentations for numerous art societies and museums, sharing his reverence for nature and passion for the creative act of painting. davidmceown.com


Watch David’s on location watercolour paintings:

Return of the Sockeye Salmon

King Penguin Colony at Gold Harbour, South Georgia

“Spirit Bear” – Kermode bear at Great Bear Rainforest, BC