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Fotini Galanes, Dance, 2014, 36x24 inches, Graphite on clayboard 

Fotini Galanes, Dance, 2014, 36x24 inches, Graphite on clayboard 

Class / Workshop  |  Gestural Lines: Marking Marks with Fotini Galanes

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 1:30–3:30 pm

International Center for Watercolor
Artist Inspiration Series with Fotini Galanes
$36 members/$46 not-yet members

In a new watercolor series, guest artists not primarily painters, are invited to host watercolor workshops.  Participants will be introduced to their work and the artist’s process of creating.  Fotini Galanes is the first International Center for Watercolor guest artist.  Inspired by the Fotini’s ideas, markings, and technique, participants will create watercolor paintings inspired by her presentation.

Fotini is often found drawing in coffee shops. Marking directly onto ground porcelain devouring space with a mechanical pencil motivated by her fascination with textures, surfaces, human response and interaction.  

Since childhood, Fotini has been sensitive to how humans respond to the extraordinary.  Fotini Galanes stated   “My most important development as an artist occurred after I was able to visually engage myself in the visceral experience of rejection and acceptance at the point of transfiguration. I allowed myself the freedom to explore the concrete visual form of disgust and delight in abstraction.  My drawings are extemporary. I put lead down to a blank smooth clay surface and start marking it with long quick gesture lines and slow construction lines. Aware of the tactile sensation, I’m devouring space and building disfigured form with a sense of entitlement. The impression that something is present eventually materializes as an emotion or object and directs the work to completion.”

To register call Kathy Gaye Shiroki at 716-878-3549 or email shirokkg@buffalostate.edu or download the registration form on the International Center for Watercolor website.  Families and youth 12 and older are encouraged to participate.

Supply List:
Watercolor paints, brushes, and paper in a variety of surface textures
Watercolor pencils (if you already have them)
Mechanical pencil