Abstracting Your World With Mixed Media w/Sterling Edwards – July 13-17, 2020


Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join world-renowned watermedia artist Sterling Edwards (CSPWC, TWSA, WPA, NWS) as he takes you into the world of Abstract Expressionism using mixed media. In this exciting and creative workshop you’ll see how to use a variety of media such as acrylics, water soluble pastels, and graphite to paint beautiful and thought provoking works of art.

If you are ready to take your painting to new levels and make a bold artistic statement on the art world then this in one class that you won’t want to miss. Sterling’s workshops always have limited space so early registration is recommended. All skill levels are invited.

As Sterling often always says; “Do you want to be the artist that tries to copy everyone else or the artist that everyone else tries to copy?”

Registration & Payment

This class is full, so online payment has been disabled. Please call the gallery at 910.575.5999 for wait list, availability and registration.Thank you!

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Materials List

The following is a list of recommended materials for the upcoming abstract workshop with Sterling. Because of the large number of brand names that are available these days, Sterling suggests that you select colors and manufacturers that you personally like and that coincide with the colors that you enjoy using. For specific items, Sterling has suggested a brand name that he uses and recommends. This workshop will focus on showing creative ways to express yours ideas with abstract design and composition rather than everyone using the same colors, brushes, and painting the same piece.

Paint. Bring 8 to 12 colors ranging from warm to cool. For example Lemon Yellow as a warm and Prussian Blue as a cool. A good palette would be yellows, oranges, reds, blues, violets, and greens. Bring a large jar or tube of Titanium White and a large jar or tube of Mars Black.

Pastels & Pencil. Water soluble pastels in a variety of colors, including black. A black watercolor pencil is also advised.

Paper and Canvas. Bring several piece of 300lb cold pressed watercolor paper. Sterling prefers Fabriano Artistico, however, any 300lb cold pressed paper will do. If you are going to work on individual sheets of paper be sure and bring a mounting board and masking tape or blue painters tape. Also bring 8 to 10 stretched canvases ranging in size from 12”x16” to 18”x24”. Be aware that individual workspace is limited in size. Sterling will be painting on both gessoed watercolor paper and canvas.

Acrylic Gel. Bring a tub of Acrylic Gloss Gel to extend the drying time of the paint and build texture on the canvas or paper. Sterling prefers Liquitex.

Varnish. Bring a jar of Gloss Varnish and Medium to put a finish on your completed painting and also to help keep the paint fluid while painting. Sterling prefers Liquitex.

Brushes. Bring a good assortment of oil and acrylic painting brushes in varying sizes of rounds and flats. Sterling will also have his signature Sterling Edwards Blending and Glazing brushes for sale at the workshop.

Incidentals. Other items that you will need include: two containers for water, paper towels and tissue, an apron, sketch pad and pencil, eraser, hair drier, a wide assortment of reference photographs such as landscapes, still life, floral, even photos of piles of trash, seriously, piles of trash are great for finding abstract shapes. Bring anything else that you think you might need.

Instructor Bio

Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia master, teacher, author, and art juror who is originally from Kansas City, MO. He has been a resident of North Carolina since 1973. Following a 20-year career as a law enforcement officer and a firefighter, he made a commitment in 1993 to pursue his passion for art and begin a second career as a visual artist. Sterling has been studying art since the age of 12, and although self-taught, has developed a unique and expressive style of painting that has gained international recognition and the respect of his peers, students, and art collectors. Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that personify his intuitive and creative sense of design and color, ranging from abstract expressionism to traditional. He is a sought after international workshop instructor and is often selected to jury national and international art competitions. He is also the designer of a signature line of multi-media paint brushes and a watercolor palette marketed internationally through his website store, painting workshops, and retail art supply stores.

Sterling has been featured in Watercolor Magic Magazine’s Ones to WatchWatercolor Artist Magazine, and The New Palette Magazine. In 2007, he was awarded a signature membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), an international transparent watercolor society based in Toronto, Canada. In 2010, Sterling was awarded a signature membership in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA). He is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”, and is a featured artist in numerous other books by various national and international publishers including; “Best of America Watermedia”, by Kennedy Publishing and “Masters of Watercolor”, by Russian artist and author, Konstantin Sterkhov in 2015.

In 2013, Sterling was honored to have been invited into the International Watercolor Society (IWS), headquartered in Teos, Turkey. In 2015, he was awarded the designation of a Bonafide Whiskey Painter and bestowed with a lifetime signature membership in the internationally renowned Whiskey Painters of America (WPA), the most unique and exclusive miniature painting society in the world with a membership strictly limited to 150 artists worldwide.

In 2017, he was awarded signature membership status in the revered National Watercolor Society (NWS).

Today Sterling’s book and signature line of products are employed by thousands of artists worldwide. His award winning watermedia paintings are in numerous national and international private and corporate collections. Sterling works from his home studio in Lewisville, NC.

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