Fes­ti­val bring­ing wa­ter­col­orist to lead two paint­ing work­shops

Dog por­trai­ture work­shop of­fered prior to Fes­ti­val week­end

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EAS­TON — The Water­fowl Fes­ti­val is bring­ing Hil­lary Parker, a nat­u­ral­ist and in­ter­na­tional, award-winning botan­i­cal wa­ter­color artist, to Eas­ton to lead two wa­ter­color work­shops next week that cel­e­brate Shore tra­di­tions and en­gage bud­ding artists.

“We are thrilled to have some­one like Hi­lary join us for a few days next week,” said Water­fowl Ch­e­sa­peake Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mar­garet En­loe. “She has such a fun en­ergy and leads peo­ple to ex­per­i­ment and en­joy the process of cre­at­ing art. It’s part of our ef­fort to help peo­ple find new ways to ex­plore or ex­pand their artis­tic in­ter­ests. And we so ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of the Tal­bot County Arts Coun­cil, who helps make work­shops like these af­ford­able and pos­si­ble.”

“Dogs of Dis­tinc­tion,” start­ing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 8, and run­ning all day Thurs­day, Nov. 9, “is a fun and com­pre­hen­sive work­shop fo­cused on learn­ing to paint dog por­traits in wa­ter­col­ors,” ac­cord­ing to Water­fowl Ch­e­sa­peake.

“In con­nec­tion with our unique East­ern Shore water­fowl her­itage, stu­dents will cre­ate a por­trait of a sport­ing dog with all re­sources, sup­plies, and pho­tos pro­vided,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion stated. “This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for all artists with ba­sic draw­ing and wa­ter­color ex­pe­ri­ence to build upon, fine tune and mas­ter their skills in a de­tailed and con­trolled ap­proach to wa­ter­col­ors.”

Through dis­cus­sion and step-by-step demon­stra­tions, Parker chal­lenges her stu­dents to de­velop and mas­ter wa­ter­color tech­niques in form, tex­ture and dry brush de­tail, work­ing in­di­vid­u­ally with each artist to guide and en­cour­age them to cap­ture the ap­pear­ance, per­son­al­ity, and heart and soul of a dog in wa­ter­col­ors. The cost is $150 and in­cludes all sup­plies.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 10, af­ter Fes­ti­val hours, Parker will host a “Wine & Wa­ter­col­ors” paint­ing party in the atrium of the Academy Art Mu­seum. This art event is for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing those new to art, want­ing a lit­tle “liq­uid courage” to pick up a paint brush for the first time. Parker will help get cre­ative juices flow­ing dur­ing what she calls an “ed­u­ca­tional art ex­pe­ri­ence.” The cost is $45, and in­cludes all sup­plies, bev­er­ages and nib­bles.

So Parker can have all sup­plies at the ready, she asks peo­ple to pre-reg­is­ter for ei­ther of her pro­grams at www.wa­ter­fowlfes­ti­val.org/ed­u­ca­tion or call­ing 410-822-4567. Both pro­grams are sup­ported in part by the Tal­bot County Arts Coun­cil.

Hil­lary Parker, a nat­u­ral­ist and in­ter­na­tional, award-winning botan­i­cal wa­ter­color artist, will lead two wa­ter­color work­shops in con­junc­tion with the Water­fowl Fes­ti­val.

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