All these years, I have been looking at, exploring, and trying out Watercolor Paintings, on my own, in my own way...looking at other Artists' Paintings, exploring and trying to figure out how they did it, reading and imagining things explained in books, watching few not-much-useful videos on youtube etc. But, the workshop that I attended recently, the one by Thomas W. Schaller made me feel like, now I am very-well-taught on Watercolor Painting. It was just a 4-day workshop, but I felt like I learnt a lot in those 4 days by watching very closely and observing one of the “Masters of Watercolor” at work, Thomas W. Schaller, who gave us many demos of various watercolor paintings. I truly felt like I learnt a lot in just 4 days. I never felt like that with anything. I even felt as if I finished a Fine Arts degree in Painting. Ha haa...sounds little exaggerating in my words, but that’s exactly what my heart felt like ;)
On the first day morning, we- all registered enthusiastic Artists met at Northeast Art Workshop Studio in Gloucester, MA. After self introductions, Tom gave us a brief and great introduction to Painting and started a Demo Painting of Gloucester Bridge, chosen from a picture he took only that morning.
After Tom’s demo of explaining many many great things while he was painting we were on our own doing the same painting that he demoed. I finished my painting and drove back home in very high Art spirits with a very satisfied feeling of “Yes, I could do it”. That wonderful feeling of “I could do it” cannot be expressed any better, in words.
The following is my finished work of the day:
|Gloucester Bridge - Watercolors on Paper 16" x 20"|
The day was well planned and loaded with a couple of Demos by Tom including an evening Demo session at the beach. We all met in downtown Gloucester that morning. The morning was gorgeous and perfect for an outside Painting. Tom walked around and decided to do his "Onsite Demo" of the beautiful view of a street with a nice house & a tree on one side of the road and a nice row of houses on the other side with the City Hall seen up in the skies as the backdrop.
I drove early to that location as I didn’t have anything else to do, had my dinner at the House of Pizza, 35 Fuller St. and worked little bit on my unfinished Painting of the City Hall at the beach. I wasn’t happy with the way my painting was coming along and stopped after few minutes. It was very beautiful watching all the colors that the Sun was painting on the skies while going down during Sunset.
As we all gathered around 8pm, the light started to diminish slowly. Tom set up his easel on a rock at the beach and started to Paint the view of a house with a wooden bridge leading into the sea, colorful skies and calm waters. We started feeling the low visibility as it was getting dark quickly. But, Tom continued his painting and finished it in the dark. At the end, somebody had to put a flashlight on for us to see the painting in that darkness. and the evening ended with claps. We had 3 Demo Paintings at 3 different locations done and it was a wonderful experience and a feast of Paintings, for me.
Here is my unfinished painting of the day:
|Gloucester City Hall|
We met in the morning at the Hammond Castle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammond_Castle).
The following is my finished work of the day:
|Hammond Castle - Watercolors on Paper 16" x 20"|
The last day of the workshop, we met at the Northeast Art Workshop Studio in Gloucester in the morning and Tom did another Demo Painting of one other view of yesterday’s Castle from a picture that he took. No surprise, it was an amazing painting again.
|Painting in Dark by Tom|
It was such a wonderful, memorable, heartful and artful experience for me attending this great workshop by Thomas W. Schaller. Those 4 days of truly living in my dream world of Art with many Artists around including one of the great Artists I have started to admire lately, was an unforgettable experience for me. I am so glad that I took time off and had put in some efforts to make one of my dreams come true- the dream of watching and learning from Masters. I felt like I get to learn how masters paint, how they think and how they see Art in everything.
Kat (Katalene Masella), the organizer of this workshop planned all 4 days filled with much of fun and learning at great many areas in the beautiful Gloucester town of Massachusetts. A great many thanks to Kat for all her very well planned and coordinated efforts.
Tom started the first day of this workshop with this opening quote: “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau, I learned “what to see”. In fact, for me, it was more than learning “what to see”. It was learning from a Watercolor Master on “what to see and how to paint”.
Many many thanks to Tom. I am glad that I have come to know about him. He remains one of the few Masters I admire.
It was a truly memorable experience that I will cherish for rest of my life!