7: 00 pm to 9:00 pm

Hopkins Center for the Arts

1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

Painting in watercolor presents an interesting dichotomy.  On the one hand it is often dismissed as a leisurely outdoor activity for anyone with a pad of paper and a box of watercolors.  On the other hand, it is now recognized as a beautiful and responsive art form and one of the most difficult to master.

My subject matter and style of painting tends to include architectural details and historical references. Since my wife and I started traveling to Europe over 30 years ago, I have observed and photographed some amazing stonework, handcrafted tile, mosaics and old world artistry that would be difficult to reproduce today. I am constantly overwhelmed by the ingenuity, passion and creativity of the artists and artisans who have come before us.

I am honored to have earned Signature Status with the Minnesota Watercolor Society and The North Star Water Media Society and to have been juried into The National Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America National and International competitions along with many local, national and international juried exhibitions. In 2017 I was honored with a First Place for Watercolor from the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. Additional honors include Minnesota Watercolor Society, North Star Water Media National Competition, Arts North International, Hopkins Center for the Arts and others.

For this Demonstration I will show how I handle a complex subject (a carved Muse over the door of the Venice Cathedral, Santa Maria della Salute, on the Grand Canal, how I transfer the drawing to the paper and the steps involved in creating the finished piece. Plus I’ll discuss how I used this same technique on a variety of other paintings.

November Demo – IN PERSON – Robert Jeffery