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Kateri Ewing, Crows in a Field, 2014, 7 x 14 inches, Watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the artist

Kateri Ewing, Crows in a Field, 2014, 7 x 14 inches, Watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the artist

Class / Workshop  |  Layered Washes: Building Captivating Backgrounds & Atmospheric Skies

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 1:30–3:30 pm

The International Center for Watercolor

Kateri Ewing

$24 members/$34 not-yet members

Join artist Kateri Ewing as we explore a unique palette and techniques for creating beautiful layered backgrounds and sky.  We will begin with exercises to create various skies for landscapes and then explore how to build textured backgrounds for still-lives using tea washes of opaque and transparent pigments.

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 will be at Meibohm in April of 2015.

To register for this workshop call Kathy Gaye Shiroki at 716-878-3549 or email or download the registration form on the International Center for Watercolor website.

Families and youth 12 and older are encouraged to participate.

Supply List:

  • You will need 140lb cold press paper, 140lb hot press paper (either on a block or taped to a board to prevent warping)
  • Wash brushes (either flat or mop) and a palette.
  • Suggested watercolor pigments are cadmium red, cadmium orange, cobalt blue, raw sienna, venetian red, viridian, Prussian blue and cerulean blue, but a good mix of warm and cool primaries.