Last year at some point, I was flipping through my Martha Stewart Living magazine when I noticed a beautiful watercolor done of a tree. It was so beautiful that it made me pause to look up the artist and see if I could find him on the internet.
Which I did: Stan Fellows is his name, and he lives in or around Iowa City, Iowa. I can’t find the original painting that I saw of his, but when I visited his blog (linked above) I discovered a host of very beautiful paintings. Loose (yet defined), colorful and what I particularly like are his “unfinished” paintings that clearly finish the painting, the white space helping to define the composition. Although I love everything posted on his blog so far, here are some examples of what I am talking about:
Stan does not post very frequently, so I follow his RSS feed and when he posts, it’s like a treat for my day.
Anyway, the wonderful connection is that he lives in Iowa City. Gavin’s sister Kendra lives in Iowa City, since she’s finishing up her Masters at the Iowa Center for the Book. Since she’s graduating this year, I got it in my mind to write to Stan to see if he is offering any workshops in the time period when I’ll be out to see Kendra graduate. Unfortunately, he does not have any workshops scheduled, but he is willing to give an individual session! For a very reasonable price! So, I am excited to figure out dates and plans so I can put this on my calendar. I’d love to learn from him how to be more thoughtful about negative space in my painting. Exciting stuff!