Valerie Butters

"Interestingly gaudy and exuberently messy" Henry Leighman, Montreal Gazette

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Pemberton Workshop, May1-5, 2017


Because this workshop will take place in the Beautiful valley of Pemberton, British Columbia, we will look to focus more on landscape. 

I would like to explore the idea of responding to the environment rather than just paint what you see.  That will force you to tap into your strengths and exploit them. 

Still keeping in mind shape and value, line, colour and texture as our main design principles.  The idea is to make one of those elements the dominant one.  As this terminology becomes more familiar to you, exploring composition will become easier with more direction.  

With the focus being landscape inspired, I want to push you with design, gesture, composition and technical skills.

I especially want to focus on Composition.  When you have a strong composition, you have won half the battle.  

We will be doing little mini hiking excursions and lunches (either picnic or at the golf courses) with paper and pen (or drawing tools) where doing little quick sketches over and over again will give you a supply of composition ideas in the tent studio. 

In terms in technique, I would like to show you some glazing techniques that are not just about applying paint, but also removing paint.

This workshop is about feeling the pulse of what you see so being outside is just as important as being in the studio. (tent)

The workshop will take place in an event wedding tent with propane heaters should it be chilly.  Pemberton in known for having an early summer so let’s keep our fingers crossed.  The tent will be set up close to town, walking distance to coffee shops and restaurants.   It’s about a 5 k distance from the B and B.  So driving will be necessary.

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Earlier Event: August 27
Studio sale in Vancouver
Later Event: October 12
Learn to Paint