Keiko Tanabe

Workshop: July 6th – 10th, 2015; FIVE DAYS

Keiko Tanabe is an award winning artist and signature member of the National Watercolor Society. Often working en plein air, her atmospheric watercolours perfectly capture a sense of time and place. Through her use of colour, textures, and signature brushwork, Keiko’s landscapes and cityscapes, beautifully convey both the exotic and the simple scenes of the many places she travels.

Keiko TanabeKeiko works to capture light and atmosphere in her paintings, through simplification. She believes that the process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, the ability to see the end result of a painting, through the minds’s eye, is instrumental in realizing our own artistic vision. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko shows how one can take the initial inspiration through the simplification process, to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Never attending art school, Keiko took only one drawing class to learn basic technical skills in 2004 before she started painting.

One year later, after learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, Keiko decided to paint full-time. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language. Her subjects include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior compositions, which will be demonstrated in the workshop, using representational and impressionistic compositions. Since 2011, Keiko has completed successfully more than 70 workshops around the world.

Lisbon, Portugal VIII by Keiko TanabeThe introduction of Keiko’s class will focus on the fundamentals, including how to choose and get to know appropriate materials. The topics covered in this workshop include: the importance of value studies, how to do a preliminary drawing, how to edit a complex subject, what makes a good design, understanding of tonal values and colours, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling.

A View from Gordes by Keiko Tanabe
We will paint many different subjects, both in the studio and outside, on location. Each morning, there will be a small exercise which will then be applied to a painting later in the day.

Keiko will do two demonstrations a day. There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session daily. A class critique will end each afternoon.

This class is suitable for all levels, but a basic understanding of watercolour is recommended.