Watercolour and drybrush techniques with an emphasis on texture and mood will be the focus of this workshop. Join in on the fun as we explore beyond the "accepted rules" of traditional watercolour, employing drybrush; spattering and splattering; scraping and scratching; blotting and patting; the use of opaques; and a host of other techniques aimed at enhancing your paintings. Accept the challenge of taking your watercolours one step further, elevating a good painting to a great painting.
Students will be encouraged to think outside of the box of traditional watercolour, exploring new insights, and expanding upon preconceived ideas of what a watercolour painting should be. Our focus will not be on developing Bradley Hendershot clones, but on learning new techniques and applying them to your own ideas and inspirations, and on gaining confidence in your newly-found skills. Our goal is not necessarily to complete finished paintings, but to develop skills that the student can take with him or her and apply to their own paintings. This is an intermediate level workshop, and some watercolour experience will be assumed.
2015 will be Brad’s twenty-first year on Monhegan Island, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and information gained through many years of trial and error. Brad has the ability to convey the most difficult of procedures with a simple step-by-step methodology. He has an intense devotion and enthusiasm for what he does, and he will bring his energy to the workshop every day. You’re bound to enjoy Brad’s personality and sense of humor, as well as his countless stories of life as an artist on a remote North Atlantic island.
On Island, our base will be the Hendershot-Krieg Gallery and Studio (the space that I share with artist Katharine Krieg) on Fish Beach Road. The workshop will take place outdoors on location, weather permitting, but we will use the indoor gallery/studio space if necessary. We will have talks, demonstrations, group discussions, and critiques as we work toward our final goals. There will be plenty of time to paint on your own, and for personal instruction and consultation.
This workshop promises to be a fantastic experience, and I'm looking forward to working with you all! Hope to see you on Island this summer.
Monhegan Island is a plantation located in Lincoln County, Maine, about 12 nautical miles from the mainland. Although it is a mere half-mile wide and a mile-and-a-half long, it has been an artists’ colony for over 160 years and continues to stimulate the creativity of scores of artists today. From the energy of the surf to the solidity of the timeless rocks, from the weathered clapboard and cedar shake town buildings and fish houses to the granite tower of the lighthouse, the local seafaring community and its way of life takes one back to simpler times and serves as an inspiration for our work.
The January 2015 issue of Radius magazine states “It is clear through his work that Hendershot is a traditional realist in the Brandywine School, a style that emphasizes attention to realism, an expression of optimism, and a faith in the goodness of America. It was developed by Howard Pyle, and taught beginning in 1900 at his Howard Pyle School of Art in Chadds Ford, PA. The Brandywine School, or Brandywine Tradition, is widely recognized as a distinctly American school of illustration and art which has continued through members of the school, including the Wyeth family of artists.”
Hendershot says: "I am inspired by my daily life and I paint what is familiar to me—places and things that I know well, places and things that have a special meaning to me. My painting process is very personal to me, and I paint subjects that are intimate to my life in rural Pennsylvania and on Monhegan Island, Maine. My work involves intense feelings, and I hope that my paintings are able to evoke a strong emotional response. Often, an event in my life triggers feelings that result in the mood of a painting. My paintings tell a story, and that story is my life. There is strong emotion in each piece, and I want to share that emotion.”
Although Brad paints with an intense devotion to realistic detail, he often employs artistic license for the sake of composition and to evoke a certain feeling or mood in the viewer. Using his creativity in the overall planning of a work, Brad emphasizes the features and details that best capture and produce the desired effect or emotion. Brad is forever continuing to learn and to grow, and he feels that each new work presents an opportunity to develop and refine his techniques.
Brad holds signature membership status in the American Society of Marine Artists, the International Society of Marine Painters, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Philadelphia Water Color Society. His works appear in public and private collections worldwide, and his paintings have been published by Bruce McGaw Graphics, Inc., of New York and by Frames Plus of Albany and also have been released as self-published limited-edition giclee reproductions.