Sketching in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Brenda Swenson
October 2-7, 2017 and October 8-13, 2017
$1595 painters, $1395 non-painters (Double occupancy)
Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. Her two instructional DVD’s have received high praise. She is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Wheels of Time, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications.
Videos and links
Brenda Swenson Watercolors My YouTube Channel
Finding My Creative Voice About my old truck and finding my voice through sketching & painting
Sketching Road Trip: Northern California Sketching trip along the California coast
Sketches of France Sketching workshop in France
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Our Hotel: The Old Santa Fe Inn
The Inn is on Galisteo Street, an easy walk to the plaza and many great restaurants.
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Your payment includes tuition, lodging, all breakfasts and three dinners. Not included: transportation to Santa Fe, insurance on person or baggage. Single room supplement $450.00
Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists’ for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food.
Focus of the workshop will be sketching with watercolor on location. We’ll visit and sketch the Historic District, picturesque old churches, colorful nooks and side streets of Santa Fe. Each location offers a multitude of views to please any artist! During the workshop you’ll develop your observation skills and color awareness by observing and working from life. Enjoy the freedom of being able to move from one view to another with light sketching gear. Discover how to create watercolor sketches that expresses a feeling of place. Explore different techniques for drawing and painting. Benefit from daily demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help. Skill level: All
Plein-Air Supply List
When working on location I enjoy the freedom of being able to move around easily. I would rather create many small watercolor sketches that express the feeling of a place than come away with one large half finished painting. This is what works for me and I encourage you to work in a size and manner that you are comfortable with.
What I am listing here are my own favorite tools for sketching and painting outdoors. This is to get you acquainted with what works for me. I have found there is no magic brush or paint and what you are most comfortable with is most likely the best tool to use. Please don’t buy anything you don’t expect to use after the workshop.
Palette: Heritage Folding Palette with 18 wells. The lid seals and is great for travel.
Paint: My paints are Daniel Smith Watercolors unless noted differently. I may add or subtract colors.
Hansa Yellow Medium
Raw Sienna (Winsor Newton)
Permanent Yellow Deep
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Phthalo Blue GS
Manganese Blue Hue
Cobalt Teal Blue
Phthalo Green (BS)
Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna Winsor Newton
Brushes Round: assorted sizes 6 to14.
Flat: Da Vinci 5080 series, size: 20mm. And ¼ inch flat stiff brush for lifting.
Watercolor Sketchbooks: Good brands are Stillman & Birn (Beta, Delta & Zeta series), Arches and Canson. Look for sketchbooks with paper dense enough to handle watercolor washes without warping or bleeding through. I like to make sketchbooks with an assortment of watercolor and drawing papers.
Pencils & Erasers: 2B or 4B pencil. Knead able or white eraser.
Pens: I like them all from cheap disposable to pricey fountain pens. I equally like water-soluble and water-proof ink. Below are a few suggestions.
Waterproof: Pitt by Faber-Castell, Micron, Copic…no Sharpies.
Water-Soluble: Tombow pens have two tips one end has a stiff “nib” for drawing and a brush tip. I use colors that are more neutral (#947 Burnt Sienna) and can be found at Blicks or Michael’s Art Supply.
Easel: Not needed or required for sketching. When I use an easel I use the En Plein Air Pro, its lightweight and compact.
Chair: I use the Roll-a-Chair, its light weight, has four legs, a backrest and very comfortable.
Miscellaneous Items: Clips, paper towels, water and container, small spray bottle, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and camera.
I carry my supplies in a canvas Rigger Bag.