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Kateri Ewing, Chickadee. 2016, 9 x 12 inches, Watercolour on paper, Courtesy of the artist

Kateri Ewing, Chickadee. 2016, 9 x 12 inches, Watercolour on paper, Courtesy of the artist

Class / Workshop  |  Painting a Chickadee in Watercolour

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 1:30–4:30 pm

International Center for Watercolor Artist Inspiration Series 

Artist/Instructor:  Kateri Ewing
$36 members/$46 not-yet members
*Participants need some experience with watercolour.   

Join artist Kateri Ewing as we work through the process of painting a chickadee.  From colour matching to masking fluid, from washes to details, participants will create a painting of one the most popular Western New York birds.  The techniques learned can be applied to any small bird you wish to paint.  

Kateri Ewing says that her work isn’t so much about creating art or making a statement as it is an avenue to convey how thoroughly in awe she is of the natural world around her. She expresses that awe in richly detailed paintings of songbirds and treasures of the plant kingdom. Largely self-taught and committed to her continuing development as a painter, her technique evolves with each painting as she imagines ways to share the beauty and uniqueness of her winged and botanical subjects. Ewing has taught at MUSEjar, Buffalo Audubon Society, and holds private lessons in East Aurora.  She is the recipient of the Mary and Gil Stott Award at Roycroft in 2012 for writing and the arts.  Ewing is represented in Western New York by Meibohm Fine Arts. Her first solo exhibition was at the Meibohm gallery in April ’15.

A number 6 and a number 2 pointed round brush.
A crow quill dip pen or a few toothpicks.
Your paints and a mixing palette.
I like to work on a block of hot-pressed Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper. If you are using a loose piece of paper, please tape it to a board. I recommend size 9x12 for your paper.
You will also need a 2H pencil and a kneaded eraser to make adjustments to your drawing. Please also bring your reference image for your chickadee.

*Arrive with a simple drawing, in light pencil, of a chickadee on hot pressed watercolour paper.  Participants can have their chickadee perched on a branch, we will be focusing on the bird and the branch, no flowers or leaves, and you can add these to your painting later.

To register for this workshop call Kathy Gaye Shiroki at 716-878-3549 or email or download the registration form on the BPAC website. Families and youth 12 and older are encouraged to participate.