Ken DeWaard. Such a talented artist. Everyone loves his workshops. We’ve watched Ken paint and we’ve watched Ken teach and he is so good at it. Workshops can be intimidating and stressful. They’re fun until you get there and then the major stress kicks in. Ken has an easy way about him. No stress. He makes sure you leave learning something – and you won’t even realize it because you’ll be having fun while you’re at it. Yep, the “f” word, ha ha.
Ken has three workshops coming up this year. Space is limited for each (so that he can spend quality time with everyone). So… if you’ve been thinking about taking a workshop lately and you’ll be in the Maine area, I cannot think of a better human to take it with! Ken’s knowledge of painting and art history is unfathomable. He makes learning cool. #justdoit
Location is Thomaston, Maine.
2022 Workshop dates are:
- 7/11 – 7/14 – ALL Levels – Impression & Design | Plein Air Workshop
- 7/19 – 7/22 – Advanced Level – Essence & Design | Advanced Plein Air Workshop
- 8/24 – 8/27 – ALL Levels – Impression & Design | Plein Air Workshop
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About the Artist
For Ken there is nothing more rewarding and challenging than painting under an open sky, surrounded by the scents and sounds of nature, along with it’s ever changing color and harmonies to excite one’s creativity.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts with honors, Ken began working in a commercial art studio in Chicago. He continued his studies at the American Academy of Art, where he studied with nationally recognized watercolorist, Irving Shapiro. Upon Irving’s recommendation Ken joined the acclaimed Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, where he soon began studying with Scott Burdick as well as Dan Gerhartz.
It is here that Ken adapted his direct and pure approach as well as his bravura brush style, which he achieves by painting directly from life.
Strongly inspired by John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, William Wendt, Edgar Payne, Nicolai Fechin, and the Russian Impressionists, Ken finds himself painting an array of subject matter from everyday life. The feelings Ken evokes in his paintings are due in part to the excitement and passion he feels while capturing the fleeting effects of light, or the wonderful color nuances and harmonies presented by nature and all of her beauty.
Ken continues to travel throughout the United States as well as Italy and China. He has won numerous awards around the country in many of the top Plein Air Competitions including the coveted Artist Choice awards, Best of Show, along with a host of various other awards. He has spent many a summer day painting the Italian hillsides, American vistas, and beauty wherever it finds him. This has always been a contributing factor in his work, insight, and inspiration and growth as an artist.
After spending the last 14 years in the Driftless area of Wisconsin, Ken has recently moved to Maine. After much thought and consideration he and his wife along with their 4 young children decided on Hope ME, which is a neighboring town to Camden, mid coast Maine which is also where the Mountains Meet the Sea. The area is absoluetly gorgeous and full of inspiration, so much to paint!
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✍️ Until next time!