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Capturing the Essence in Watercolor with Keiko Tanabe

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Virtual/Zoom



Keiko will demonstrate methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere. Planning for composition, color and any other design elements is important. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that inspired her in the first place. It is imperative that she understands her goal in the beginning to assist guiding her in the right direction. She does this by visualizing the finished painting. Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. She gives running commentary as she paints, explaining techniques and sharing her thoughts.

Mostly self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career in 2005. Since then, her paintings have been in many national and international exhibitions, both juried and invitational, and gained world-wide recognitions. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published and featured in leading art magazines and a number of publications in the U.S., Europe and Asia. A sought-after workshop instructor, she has conducted more than 400 workshops and live demonstrations around the world. Since 2018, she has served on the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly. She has several books and 4 DVD’s published. She holds signature memberships with the National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, American Impressionist Society and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California.


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