Dive into the world of watercolours

Local workshop hopes to foster creativity with every brush stroke.

Luanne Dominix, a professional watercolour artist, drawing watercolour painting of trees.
Luanne Dominix is the instructor of the watercolour workshop. She says if she can enjoy watercolour painting, others can too. (Submitted Photo)

Clifton Tam

The Anna Templeton Centre are offering three-hour watercolour workshops on Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.

It is open to adults who are interested in watercolour painting. The cost is $48 with everything supplied and all skill levels are welcomed. More details can be found on its website.

Meghan Fahey, a program and marketing coordinator at Anna Templeton Centre, says she hopes workshops like this will help to foster more creativity in the community.

While the November course is already sold out, there are still openings for the workshop on Dec. 2.

“A lot of people are afraid to take a class because they’re afraid they won’t be excellent right away,” Fahey said. “And that’s the whole point of learning, nobody is ever an expert from day one.”

Luanne Dominix, the instructor of the watercolour workshop, says ‘negative painting’ is a fun technique for people who try watercolour for their first time.

“Negative painting is instead of painting the object, you paint everything but the object,” Dominix said. “This creates light and depth in paintings.”

It is a new tool to have in your toolbelt, says Dominix.

“Being specific really gives confidence to the new artists,” Dominix said of critiquing someone’s work..

“You don’t just say, ‘oh, I really like your painting.’ You specifically say, ‘I really like your brushstrokes here, or, I like the colours you chose.’”

Cleanliness has no place in art, she says.

“You have to get messy.”

She hopes every participant can have a final painting to bring home and be proud of.

“Creating gives people a sense of accomplishment,” Dominix said. “And that’s what I hope they’ll feel at the end of the workshop on Saturday.”

She enjoys teaching workshops like this and loves to see the uniqueness and diversity in people’s painting.

“They don’t have to paint exactly what I’m painting.” said Dominix. “I will show them how they can make changes to create their own artistic vision.”

Experimenting is the most important thing, she says, it is all about having fun with art.

“People are so afraid to make mistakes. But mistakes are where the art comes from. That’s where the beauty is.”

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