I’ve been fortunate enough to benefit from the guidance of a number of talented artists in brief workshops. My admiration and thanks to them all:
- Marlee Erwin, who helped me overcome my trepidations about ‘jumping in’
- Susan Gephardt Nichols (http://www.snicholasart.com/index.php) who introduced me to the joys of plein air and let me try her artist-quality watercolor paints and brushes (no going back after that!)
- Jean Mackay (http://jeanmackayart.com/) who demonstrated what a nature journal can be, and shared her love of the natural world with us at Hog Island, Maine
- Sue Archer (http://archerville.com/sue/suearcher.html) whose five-day workshop for the Art Alliance of Central PA (http://artalliancepa.org/) really began to make the pieces come together, and who showed me that darks can indeed be dark in watercolor!
I enjoy searching for artists whose technique or approach speaks to me. Among these are:
- Lars Lerin, who did bird skin studies well before I discovered them (see this English interview at: http://sterkhovart.blogspot.com/2012/03/lars-lerin-interview.html) –and thanks to Sue Archer for pointing me to his work!
- John Muir Laws, whose book The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds got me started down this path (http://www.johnmuirlaws.com/)