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    Working spontaneously,
    intuitively and without
    exceptions, I combine
    color and gestural mark
    making to begin the
    layering process of my
    paintings.



    I remind my students,
    “this is the stage in a
    painting to best capture
    the creative energy of
    the initial inspiration.




    Starting a painting with color,
    texture, gestural marks and
    layers may seem like “chaos”,
    but it delivers vital energy that is
    both fun and intuitive. Kathleen
    Conover will teach you to bring
    great design and composition,  
    the elements that bring “order”
    to the rich start, and turn your
    paintings into an attention-
    getting and expressive finishes.
    Applying strong design and
    compositional skills are the
    focus. Beginner or advanced,
    you are encouraged to discover
    and explore your unique
    expression and personal imagery
    in realism, abstraction or non-
    objective. Kathleen is a signature
    member of AWS, NWS, ISEA
    and TWSA.  
Kathleen Conover

Chaos To Order!
watermedia - studioi

August 10 - 14, 2020
Bend, OR

$655

all levels welcome


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    Kathleen Conover exhibits her work, juries exhibitions, gives demonstrations and teaches in-depth workshops.  
    She has been juried into more than 200 exhibitions, receiving national and international recognition for the vision,
    innovative techniques, and fearless expression that give rise to her unique designs.  Painting with openness to her
    subject matter, she is guided by intense observation and deep personal reflection.  The result is rich symbolic
    layers of literal and figurative design.

    Painting from an early age, Kathleen was influenced by teachers and artists in the fertile environment of Southern
    California’s prominent artists, museums and galleries as well as early international travels.  She studied
    undergraduate fine arts at San Diego State University, finished her Bachelor of Art degree at the University of
    Washington in Seattle and earned her Master of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University.   Continued study
    with American master watercolor artists over the next decade enriched her depth, understanding, skill and
    personal style of painting.

    Kathleen Conover’s current involvement in the growing international watercolor scene includes invitations to
    exhibit, judge and demonstrate in China, Turkey, France, Belgium, Thailand and Greece.  She has been honored as
    one of the 40 international master watercolorists invited to exhibit at the first watercolor-exclusive museum in
    Qingdao, China, the “Birthplace of Watercolor”.  Global travel continues to influence her award winning paintings
    and inspires her work toward her lifetime pursuit “…to be a better artist”.


    The visual transformation from chaos to order is the best way to explain my most commonly used approach to
    painting.  Working spontaneously, intuitively and without exceptions, I combine color and gestural mark making to
    begin the layering process of my paintings.

    I remind my students, “this is the stage in a painting to best capture the creative energy of the initial inspiration.  
    This is the beginning Chaos where I let the spirit of the fluid watercolor have a say.  The paint flows, the colors
    mix and the sedimentary and staining pigments interact in magical ways that I could never create with my own
    hand.”  Order is brought to the lively, colorful and chaotic first layer by working back into the painting in several
    layers.  Interlacing a planned compositional understructure and building visual depth with each layer.  I gradually
    introduce my imagery until the painting (whether representational or not) is complete.  The composition dramatic
    and the message subtle.