I had the honour of being an instructor at the annual Watercolour Symposium presented by the Canadian Society Of Painters in Watercolour. It was held in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia a tiny town just outside Digby. For me it was a fabulous experience. I taught a different workshop on 4 separate days. The students in the symposium were an enthusiastic group of people who were completely motivated to paint and learn. Also since every one stays right on location and eats together it was a wonderful social event. I found that everyone was so friendly and there was a real sense of common purpose that developed over the week. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in watercolour. There is something special about getting up every day with one purpose – to paint and to do this surrounded by people who are all there for the same reason.
As a teacher I found this experience to be the high point of my teaching career. I love dealing with the students. It is extremely rewarding to see the light bulb turn on as people gain new knowledge or techniques. It’s intense but also intensely rewarding.
I taught 2 workshops: Figures In The Urban Landscape and Figures In Action, each workshop twice. I did a different demo for each of the 4 workshops. Here are the 4 paintings that I demonstrated.
The symposium was held at the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre which is a former military base updated into a conference centre. It was neat to have the accommodation, dining hall and the classrooms all within about 100 m of each other. I’m including some shots of the location to give a feeling for the event and, I hope, to encourage people to consider attending next year.
I would like to thank the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour for inviting me, to all those who put in the hard work of organizing it, and all those great, enthusiastic people who attended and made it such a special experience.