Artist and teacher Bill Teitsworth, AWS
teaches watermedia workshops for Coastal Maine Art Workshops and other organizations, and serves on the board of the American Watercolor Society. He paints plein air, still life, figurative and studio works.
His website explains that there are many ways to paint plein air. If you are well acquainted with a certain environment, then a black-and-white sketch or photo may be enough to bring it all back when you paint in studio.
The dramatic little 6"x8" painting here of a scene near his home was done from a value sketch (this method is especially useful in wintertime). Here are two of his articles from Artists Network about doing value sketches:
He will be conducting a workshop
in Rockland, Maine from September 19-23. A lobster dinner is included.
"Although I have a degree in Education, with very nearly a second major in studio art, and though I’ve picked up a lot over the years in painting workshops, ...and though I’ve studied drawing and artistic anatomy at the Art Students’ League with Gustav Rehberger and Terence Coyle...if asked, I would say I’m a self-taught artist. I came across something that reinforces that notion, something that Frank Webb, a fellow Pennsylvanian and a watercolorist and teacher with a generous mind, said: 'Every artist is self-taught. You don't become a painter by graduating from a system of lessons, but by drawing and painting.'"
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