Exploring Nature in Watercolor with Barry Van Dusen
This program focuses on painting Birds and other Nature Subjects in Watercolor. Mr. Van Dusen will begin by showing a portfolio of watercolors from a recent residency project with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, in which he traveled around the state painting and drawing nature subjects at Mass Audubon’s network of wildlife sanctuaries. The project involved painting birds, flowers and plants, mammals, salamanders, turtles, frogs, fish, insects and natural landscapes. This will be followed by a LIVE, real-time demonstration of the steps involved in painting a watercolor portrait of a songbird. The demonstration will include discussions of field observation and field sketching, watercolor materials, approaches to working with tone and color, and many helpful tips for creating naturalistic watercolor portraits of wild birds.
Please note that this program is a demo, rather than a class, but registered participants will receive a link to so they can rewatch and paint along. During the demonstration and in the following Q&A Barry will discuss the materials he uses in his own work, but it is not necessary to bring materials to the program.
Barry W. Van Dusen is an internationally recognized wildlife artist living in central Massachusetts. His articles and paintings have been featured in Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birding, and Yankee magazines and he has illustrated a variety of natural history books and pocket guides in association with the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
In 1994 Barry was elected a full member of London’s Society of Wildlife Artists. His work has been exhibited regularly in the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition (Wausau, Wisconsin) as well as in many galleries in the United States and Europe. At the invitation of the Artists for Nature Foundation, Barry has travelled to Spain, Ireland, England, Israel , India and Peru, working alongside other wildlife artists to raise money for conservation of threatened habitats.
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