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Plein Air Workshop with Gaston McKenzie

  • Old Hyde Park Art Center 705 West Swann Avenue Tampa, FL, 33606 United States (map)

About the Instructor:

Gaston McKenzie is Jamaican/British artist, based in Tampa, with a passion for capturing the essence of space and place in the watercolor medium. An architect by profession who practiced and taught in his native Jamaica and the UK, he now concentrates on studio and plein air painting and teaching. His loose washes utilizing juicy darks is ideal for reinterpreting our urban environment, his mantra being “Capture the spectacular in the mundane”.  Plein Air (outside) watercolor painting on a regular basis is, he believes, is the best way to learn how to see and simplify values, shapes and forces one to distill what presents itself to the viewer. He is also an avid pen and ink Urban Sketcher and sometimes incorporates ink drawing into his watercolor work.

 Gaston travels abroad extensively and is working on an art travelogue that he plans to publish.

About the Workshop:

Gaston’s workshop will be centered on the Old Hyde Park Art Center and its locality. All in attendance will be encouraged to get out and work on a Plein Air piece.

$50 for TRA Members, $65 for Non-Members

Best materials for the workshop are:

  • Good quality size Mop brush with a good point- Escoda Acuario Joseph Zbukvic no.18 is a good one but there are plenty of others that are adequate.
  • Good quality synthetic or natural hair Round brush that maintains a point- Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic no.18 is a good one but there are plenty of others are adequate.
  • Tube watercolor paints: Cerulean blue, Yellow Ochre, Cobalt blue, Ultramarine, Cadmium Red, Alizaran Crimson Raw Sienna.
  • Tube Guache: White.
  • 140Ib rough paper.
  • 4B pencil
  • Board surface on which to affix

    Other Info:
    You're welcome to bring a lunch or snack to share. 

If you have any other questions about this or other workshops, or have suggestions for future workshops please contact Patti Kenney at 813-340-9265 or contact us through our website with "Workshop" as your subject. Thank you!

Earlier Event: October 31
Watercolor Show