Watercolor Workshops- Plein Air Painting & Photographing Artwork

June was an insane month- I hung my work at three solo exhibitions (Clayton Arts Center, Chef’s Palette Restaurant in Cary, NC, and Arts of the Albemarle Museum in Elizabeth City).   In addition, I taught two evening classes through Wake County Adult Education (Color Theory with Watercolor & Watercolor Loose and Fast).

I also conducted two workshops- a Plein Air Painting class in Elizabeth City (below)…

(trying to avoid baking in the sun)

…and a demonstration/workshop on photographing your artwork in Pittsboro.   This is the first time I have taught this subject but I feel it is a skill many painters neglect to learn.  As a former board member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, I saw all the photographs submitted for our yearly juried exhibition.  There were times I had to call members and ask them to reshoot their images, or offer help (no sense wasting your money).

Several years ago I was a judge for Lazy Daze art festival in Cary, NC.  When you look at a lot of art, having a great photograph is essential- it makes your work stand out and look professional.

(using softboxes to diffuse light on a painted 3-d gourd)

(bouncing and blocking light onto a reflective ceramic bowl using black foam core)

I have more classes coming up, including pouring watercolor, atomizing (impressionistic), kids classes at Artspace, and more.  I will be traveling all over the state- Wilson, West Jefferson, and New Bern.

If your organization or art group is interested in a class, please contact as my 2018 schedule is almost booked and I am starting to get inquiries for 2019 and beyond.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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Watercolor exhibitions in June ’18

Not sure what I was thinking (well, I do- I never say no to an opportunity)… but I signed up for three solo exhibitions for the month of June.  At the same time.

I agreed to these shows months ago, so there is no excuse for not being prepared.  I was very diligent starting in January and started framing and matting my watercolor painting.  I am almost ready- the last thing to do is put the dust jackets on the backs of several framed paintings.

The most difficult part has been trying to figure out what painting goes to what location.

My work can be viewed at these locations starting June 1st.

Chef’s Palette in Cary, NC

https://www.chefspalette.net/FeaturedArtistforJune

Fine art watercolor painting of Gothic church in Altstadt (city center) rising above buildings at sunet- Frankfurt, Germany

Arts of the Albemarle Museum in Elizabeth City, NC

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Oak Island lighthouse. Watercolor batik painting of Oak Island lighthouse in North Carolina. OBX lighthouse. Lighthouse painting.

 

Clayton Visual Arts- The Clayton Center

Clayton Visual Arts – Bringing Art To Clayton

 

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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Two day watercolor workshop with the Community Arts Association in New Jersey

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching two separate one-day workshops on watercolor batik and watercolor pouring in Allendale, New Jersey for the Community Arts Association.

We fit a lot into three days- one demonstration, two separate one-day workshops on watercolor batik and watercolor pouring, and I had the honor of judging the members’ art show.

(Working on the third layer of color and wax for the watercolor batik painting of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal)

(The “almost” finished batik demo from the first day of the workshop)

(Applying a layer of color to the watercolor batik)

(Painting before adding the darkest darks and removing masking fluid)

(Adding the darkest darks of the poured watercolor prior to removing masking)

(Using the Incredible Nib to soften hard edges)

I would like to thank Glenda H for all the hard work putting the events together, and a huge thanks to all the talented artists who attended the workshops.  We covered a lot of new information & techniques in a short time.

Please send me photographs of your finished work- I love to post student’s work to instagram and facebook.

If your watercolor group is interested in learning these techniques please contact me.  2018 is almost completely full and 2019 is filling fast too.

 

(Example of poured watercolor technique)

(Example of watercolor batik technique)

Sincerely,

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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American Watercolor Society (AWS) Signature status

What an amazing weekend.  I had the pleasure of flying up to New York City to receive signature status in the American Watercolor Society (AWS).  The AWS is an international juried show featuring the best contemporary painters in the world.   This was my third acceptance in the show and with this I received signature status.

 

I can now use the AWS initials after my signature.  I am proud to be one in the 500 people in the world who are signature members of AWS. The American Watercolor Society is the longest running watercolor organization in the world.   The show is held yearly at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  2018 was the 151st annual exhibition of the society.

Watercolor painting of Triumphal Arch in Washington Square at dusk- New York City, New York (USA).

 

The awards dinner and reception always passes too quickly.  I met some amazing artists (Fei Xiqiang, Xi Guo, Marnie Becker, Tim Oliver), engaged in conversation with great artists/friends (Kim Minichiello, Anne McCartney, Laurin McCracken) and had the honor of spending time with some of the best painters in the world (Andy Evanson, James Maria, Antonio Masi, and 100+ more).  What a beautiful show!

Thank you American Watercolor Society!  I hope to return next year and for many years to come.

If you are interested in learning my painting techniques I have many (some would say a plethora) of workshops and classes scheduled for 2018 in Raleigh, Charlotte, Boone, Wilson, and New Bern (NC).   I will be in Allendale, NJ in May 8-10th at the Community Arts Association teaching watercolor batik and watercolor pouring and atomizing.  Click here to register.

My calendar for 2019 is filling fast too.  Looks like I will be heading all over North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina .  Stay tuned!

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
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Interview with Creative Catalyst Productions online blog

Recently, I had the honor of being interviewed for an online article by the folks at Creative Catalyst Productions.

I talk a little about my inspiration, my resource photographs, and most importantly- why I enjoy working with multiple techniques.  I hope it sheds some light on why I am constantly experimenting and trying to grow as an artist.  Take a look!

Ryan Fox AWS

IWS, GWS, PWS, MOWS, WSNC
www.rfoxphoto.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/rfoxphoto

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