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How to paint from photos, with Randy Hale

11. Februar 2021//17:00 - 20:00

Fünfseenland Bayern Ammersee Starnberger See Hotel Kultur und Freizeitangebote, Tagungslocation und Events, bayerische Seen.
In an interactive Zoom painting session, American watercolourist Randy Hale shows you how to quickly capture the essence of a busy scene.

„It’s fun to take a photo and turn into something a bit more abstract!“ says, Randy. In this session he is working from his snapshot in Regensburg, a town along the Danube in Bavaria, Germany.

Randy had a group of painters with him and there was only another 10 or 15 minutes before they had to rally for their bus. He turned his easel around and did this VERY quick en plein air piece of the buildings facing the river. „I had no time for details but liked the convergence of buildings & terraced walkways where we’d gathered. It was overcast, threatening rain, very little light & shadow. I literally just threw down some values, added a few accent marks and was done.“

„This is an excellent lesson in LESS is MORE“, says Randy. „When you work quickly and don’t think too much the result is usually more fluid, spontaneous.“ His approach is to simplify, and not get bogged down in minutiae such as the elaborate detailing of the Bavarian building.

Unlike many online painting programmes, Randy’s will not expect you to ‘look over his shoulder’ for a long demonstration, and perhaps be allowed to ask the odd question or two. No, you will be painting along at more or less the same time, trying out the watercolour techniques that Randy has shown you, step-by-step. He will demonstrate some basic techniques for only a few minutes before you start painting the same subject at home. Then, after you have had your turn, Randy will move onto the next part of the process. Lois Breckon from The Watermill at Posara will be on hand during the session to feed your questions. The session will last a couple of hours.

When you register for the session you will be asked for a donation. (If you prefer to donate by direct bank transfer, please let us know.) People often ask how much is acceptable. Our answer? “It’s like a Scottish house dram of whisky: it neither offends the guest nor the host!” But the most important thing is to donate whatever makes you feel comfortable. Our Zoom painting demonstrations do take quite a bit of time in preparation and administration and your support is very much appreciated. With your generosity we can plan and run further sessions and, more importantly, provide a regular meeting place for creativity, camaraderie and fun. We hope that you enjoy the international, online painting community that we have created.

Once you have registered you will be provided with two links. The first is the Zoom link for you to join the session. Please note that the start time is 4pm (UK time). The second link is where you will find the photograph that you will paint, an outline drawing, a practice painting, Randy’s notes, and a list of equipment and colours for your palette.

After the event, you are invited to email us with your painting to add to the gallery. In addition, we will send you a link to a video that will enable to you revisit Randy’s step-by-step teaching.

When you have painted with Randy online, why not join him for real at the Watermill in Tuscany Italy next summer? We would love to welcome you to the Watermill. You can find more details of Randy’s week-long course, 21 to 28 August 2021, here.

Fünfseenland Bayern Ammersee Starnberger See Hotel Kultur und Freizeitangebote, Tagungslocation und Events, bayerische Seen.

Randy’s background

Randy is from Colorado in United States and, as well as his workshops in the USA, he has taken painting groups all over the world.

After a successful business career, he returned to his first love, watercolour painting. (He was taught by James Green, a founder member of the California School of Watercolor.) But Randy’s true passion proved to be to be in sharing his knowledge: enjoying the excitement of travel with fellow painters, helping them to create expressive paintings to enrich their experience. One of his students said: “He knows his stuff and he knows how to teach! Best watercolor instructor I have ever had!”

You can find out more about Randy’s style of teaching online by watching the edited video below from a recent Zoom session, hosted by The Watermill at Posara:


11. Februar 2021
17:00 - 20:00

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