Festival bringing watercolorist to lead two painting workshops
Dog portraiture workshop offered prior to Festival weekend
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.