Alexis Lavine has thousands of photos, which she interprets to inspire her watercolor paintings. She would like to help you do the same. She is a professional watercolor painter, but not a professional photographer. In fact, she takes particular delight in working with photos that are out of focus, poorly composed, cluttered, or over or under exposed. Why? Because that forces her to interpret what she sees, to use her imagination, and to design and create paintings that are original, personal, and way better than the photos that inspired them! During this workshop, Alexis will share many different ways in which she interprets her photos, designs her paintings, imagines and conceives her pictorial stories, plans and draws her shapes, selects colors and values, and lots more! Her demos will surprise, inspire, and encourage you. This workshop will be great for painters of all levels ... for beginners to intermediates, who want to avoid the trap of copying their photos, and for more advanced painters, who want to break out and use their photos in new and creative ways. So grab your camera and start shooting. Dig those shoe boxes of old photos out of your closet. Spend an insightful and eye-opening workshop, learning how to interpret your photos and make great paintings!
Please note: You do not need a computer for this workshop. Alexis will talk about the use of digital cameras and computer editing, but this workshop will rely on good old fashioned designing, drawing, and painting. You are welcome to bring (digital or film) prints, or use images on your portable electronic device.