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    “It is my absolute
    joy to watch
    students make
    those tiny
    that begin to build
    confidence and
    leave a lasting
    desire to continue
    their exploration. "
    Few things are more suited for
    travel than a sketchbook, pencil,
    and a small watercolor palette. In
    addition to traditional plein air
    work, Iain will focus on
    strengthening your skills using
    these tools to record your life
    through sketching in watercolor.
    The sounds, smells, sights, and
    people you come across will
    remain fresh in your mind as you
    look over the work you have
    done on site. There is no better
    way to relive your memories
    than a well used sketchbook.
    Iain Stewart is a signature
    member of the National
    Watercolor Society.
Iain Stewart

Sketchbook to Studio, Recording Your
Travels at a Higher Level
watercolor - studio and plein air

all levels welcome

August 6 - 10, 2021
Bend, Oregon

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    Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. His work has
    received numerous international awards and been included in many national and international exhibitions. He is
    featured in the June issue of Watercolor Artist magazine and his painting “Fife Sheep” graces the cover. Iain will
    also be featured in North Light book’s Splash 16: Exploring Texture. He was awarded 1st place in Watercolor
    Artists Magazine’s “What do Love” Competition and featured in the July 2013 issue. Iain’s painting “Thurlow Dam,
    Tallahassee Alabama” was honored with a purchase award in the 91st Annual National Watercolor Society
    International Exhibition and his work “5th Avenue in Rain” was selected for inclusion in the Shanghai International
    Watercolor Biennial Exhibition. Iain’s work was also featured in the March 2013 issue of the international
    publication The Art of Watercolour. His paintings have been featured in many other publications including Southern
    Living, Cottage Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Robb Report and the French publication Pratique des Arts.
    Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama and in addition to gallery work he is an Architectural Illustrator with an
    international clientele and teacher of watercolor and design drawing at Auburn University.

    Select Awards / Exhibitions / Publications
    From Pierre Loti Hill- Istanbul “Art Appreciation Award” (2nd Place) at the 2015 Mississippi Watercolor Society
    Grand National Exhibition

    Thurlow Dam- Tallassee, ALaccepted for inclusion in the 2015-16 Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial.

    Apse End- Notre Dame accepted for Shenzhen / NWS small image exchange 2015

    Chestnut Vendor- Istanbul  “Dorothy Brown Award” at the 2014 National Watercolor Society All Members

    St. Andrews Boatyard- People’s Choice Award 2014 Signature American Watercolor Exhibition. Fallbrook, CA

    Watercolor Artist June 2014- feature article and cover art

    Thursday Afternoon Decatur Street- First Place Watercolor Artist Magazine “What do You Love” competition and
    feature in the July 2013 issue.

    Delancey to the Williamsburg Bridge- 2nd Place The New York Society of Renderers cover competition.

    5th Avenue in Rain- selected for inclusion in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao Watercolor Biennial at the Quanhua Watercolor
    Art Gallery in Shanghai, China.

    Thurlow Dam from Fitzpatrick Bridge- Purchase Award. National Watercolor Society 91st International Exhibition

    Into the Quarter- 3rd Place International Watercolor Society’s 1st Annual Art Competition. Izmir, Turkey.

    The Art of Watercolour No. 10 March 2013- Feature Article
    The Art of Watercolor No. 20 Sept 2015- Following in Sargent’s Footsteps. Article.

    Splash 15- 16 North Light Books

    From Photos to Fantastic 3 DVD Set - North Light Books.

    Class Outline: The focus of this workshop will be to dispel any hesitance you may have regarding working
    outside and demonstrate the way Iain has recorded his travels for the last 30 years. “I can think of nothing more
    precious to me, beyond my family, than my sketchbooks. They allow me to relive memories on a level that no
    camera can ever reproduce. 10 minutes on site can take you back in time in the most wonderful way.” Each
    drawing and painting done on site will return you to that time with more clarity, a sense of place, and help in
    enhancing the sense of play that travel assuredly produces.

    Through daily demonstrations Iain will show you his techniques for working en plein air and how to travel
    comfortably collecting memories that will last you a lifetime. There will be plenty of time to work at the easel if you
    wish as well as the sketchbook. From 5 minute gesture sketches to more comprehensive studies Iain’s methods will
    improve your comfort working outside and most importantly how that will improve your work when you return to
    your studio full of ideas.