The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) will host a free watercolor demonstration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 13 at The Center for Creative Arts building next door to the gallery, located at 8 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. This event is open to the public. A donation of $5 to $10 is requested. Registration is required at sobagallery.com/watercolor-demo.
David Rankin, a nationally known watercolorist, will demonstrate a technique he refers to as Watercolor Dazzle. The elegant magic of watercolor is created through an artful combination of soft and sharp effects. These elements, when combined correctly, create an amazing perceptual effect that “dazzles” the viewer’s eye and creates charm in any subject.
Rankin will lead a three-day artists workshop called “Painting the Grand Illusion” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21-23 with lunch breaks at The Center for Creative Arts. The cost is $325 for members and $350 for non-members.
This class is for intermediate to advanced artists. The ability to create a believable illusion of spatial depth with just a little pigment and water has a profound impact in watercolor. It is accomplished through a complex orchestration of several distinct skills, all of which contribute to the perception of spatial depth. These procedures allow the viewer to see distance whether in a landscape or between objects. Depth can be the result of a skillful assembly of values or it can result from the use of correct perspective. It can also be enhanced tremendously by artfully creating a variation in edges and blends or by assembling shapes of varying sizes and relationships. In this workshop, David will train artists in the procedures needed to create and assemble these various visual effects using his step-by-step procedures.