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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Intensive Workshop in US - Book Now!

Intensive workshop with me at MISA (Madeline Island School Of Art), USA
19, June - 23, June, 2017

Class #: SPKS061917
Dates: 06/19/17 to 06/23/17
Level: All Levels 
Instructor: Konstantin Sterkhov



Class Description:

During this five day workshop, you will learn how to use the Alla Prima approach to create expressive works in watercolor.  Konstantin will share his knowledge of this classic approach while utilizing contemporary techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, glazing, splashing, masking, and many others. Students will also learn how to create convincing works without needing advanced drawing skills.

The class schedule will include 2-3 painting demonstrations per day and opportunities to paint a variety of subjects. Students will learn distinct approaches for still lifes including florals, landscapes, seascapes, interiors and portraits. This class will be mainly studio based with some opportunities to paint en Plein Air throughout the week, using Madeline Island’s amazing landscapes and seascapes as inspiration.

Students can choose to bring two or three of their own paintings for personal critique, or specific objects of interest to receive feedback on the right approach to use, and mistakes to avoid when painting the chosen subject matter. Class will conclude with a critique exhibition of student and teacher’s works at week’s end.

Enroll here: https://secure.madelineartschool.com/Classes_detail.cfm?recordno=1&Product_CatalogID=467&ProductNumber=SPKS061917&ProductCode=71&NewProduct=0

New workshop with David Poxon


My Blog is No 20 among Watercolor Pages on Web!

I have just got an e-mail that This blog is among 60 top sites about watercolor in Web! I checked and it is No 20! Well done! See it here: http://blog.feedspot.com/watercolor_blogs/



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Watercolor Workshop in Helsinki



17-19, March, 2017 in Esbo Arbis we are painting Water in Landscape around the year. Join us now! It is my only workshop (in English) near Helsinki this Spring!
Informationhttps://ilmonet.fi/#fi/search/txt=EA170008
Location: Leppävaara, Karatalo
Kotkatie 4, 02620 Espoo


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Video On Demand

I am happy to present a new video on demand on Vimeo. This time it`s a boat and reflections. Quite simple but need some tips to be painted. Check it on Vimeo!
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sterkhovreflections/190563396

Konstantin Sterkhov. Quiet Dawn. 26x36 cm. 2016

Paint with me!

New Workshop with David Poxon

Check a new workshop with David Poxon. You can read his interview on my blog or in my book "Masters Of Watercolor. From classic to contemporary art"



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Some Personal Thailand Impressions

There was a great event organized by La Fe in Thailand. Actually that was 2 events. One exhibition of IWS Thailand in Huahin and Masters Exhibition in Bangkok. I spent only 4 days and the day when I came was the last day in Huahin. So I missed painting on location and many other moments but still there is something to share... Part I. Maybe there will be Part II...


 Prafull Sawant (India), Selma Todorova (Bulgaria), Joe f. Dowden (UK), K. Sterkhov (Russia)

 Liang Gang (China) and K. Sterkhov (Russia)

 Among participants are La Fe (Thailand), Rajesh Sawant (India), Igor Sava (Italy) and myself

 In front right - Ali Abbas (Pakistan) and myself

 Igor Sava (Italy), myself, Ali Abbas (Pakistan)

 Participants of the Master`s exhibition in Bangkok

Jansen Chow (Malaysia), Joe Dowden (UK) and myself

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New Video On-demand

Dear reader,
I am happy to introduce my new video on-demand in series "Northern Summer. Island Life"
Both videos are over 30 minutes each and contain my comments on the process and nice original music. You will see which paints and brushes I use. Try to paint together with me in real time!
Every video has a trailer that can help you to consider to purchase the full version.


Konstantin Sterkhov. Island Life. Noon Nap. 27x37 cm. 2016


Konstantin Sterkhov. Island Life. Cool Summer. 27x37 cm. 2016

Welcome to download the full version!

Secrets of Russian Masters in 5 days

Madeline Island, USA
5 day Workshop - 3rd week of June, 2017

Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is ranked among the top five art and craft schools in the country.  The school is located on beautiful Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.
Konstantin Sterkhov. Harbor. 2015

During this five day workshop, you will learn how to use the Alla Prima approach to create expressive works in watercolor.  Konstantin will share his knowledge of this classic approach while utilizing contemporary techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, glazing, splashing, masking, and many others. Students will also learn how to create convincing works without needing advanced drawing skills.

Konstantin Sterkhov. Hope For Future. 2015

The class schedule will include 2-3 painting demonstrations per day and opportunities to paint a variety of subjects. Students will learn distinct approaches for florals, landscapes, seascapes, interiors and portraits. This class will be mainly studio based with some opportunities to paint en Plein Air throughout the week, using Madeline Island’s amazing landscapes and seascapes as inspiration.

Konstantin Sterkhov. Magnolia. 2015

Students can choose to bring two or three of their own paintings for personal critique, or specific objects of interest to receive feedback on the right approach to use, and mistakes to avoid when painting the chosen subject matter. Class will conclude with a critique exhibition of student and teacher’s works at week’s end.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Polina Egorushkina - Interview

Artist and illustrator.
Lives and works in Moscow.
Winner of the Prize Excellence Award ( "For excellence") at the International Biennial of watercolor in Shenzhen (China) and Redfern Gallery Prize at the competition of the Royal Society of watercolor (London). Grand Prix "The prospect of watercolors" at the international exhibition "Masters of watercolors - 2015".
The diploma of the first degree at the All-Russian contest "Book Art. Traditions and search" for the artistic design of the book by Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."



Polina Egorushkina

Has watercolor always been your technique?
Yes, I always used watercolor, but a long time, the process was different. I worked on the book illustrations. It was a very painstaking graphic sheets. Now I paint completely free of meticulous detail things.

How did you switch to a large format?
I didn`t. Even my original illustrations were always several times larger than in the a book.

Polina Egorushkina. Sleep! 80x100 cm 2015

Are your paintings united in series by some idea?
Yes. There is an idea that emerges and that just does not fit in one painting work, this is how a series emerges.

What appears at first - an idea or a formal desision? Does it happen that some abstract design idea gives a theme and a name to a series?
No, it does not happen, the idea always in mind before you start. For me, all attempts to act in reverse order look like something artificial.

Polina Egorushkina. Boulevards. 80x100 cm 2014

What is the percentage of spontaneity and planning when working on the painting?
A huge percentage of spontaneity. That's all that brings joy! I always work on wet paper without a pencil draft, so that nothing paralyzed the process. A thought can always wag and the whole idea can change, at this point you do not want to see on paper any limiting sketch.

How do you feel about the finished work? Do you feel any connection with them?
Of course. They are all very dear to me. I remember what mood I had in each work, what were troubles at work. And I like to see how it all came together in the end.

Polina Egorushkina. Empty. 80x100 cm 2015

Do you have limits or regulations in working with watercolors?
Definitely no prohibitions. No regulations, too... The only thing - I usually make no amendments, when a layer of paint has dried. I proceed quickly.

On what paper do you work?
Arches, Canson

Do you use flat or round brushes?
Any brushes.

Polina Egorushkina. The Grey Skyscrapper. 80x100 cm 2014

Do you see the works of other artists?
Rarely.

What did you give the reward in the Shenzhen Biennale?
Great joy and a trip to China.

Your advice for beginners watercolors.
Be brave and sincere in your work.

Liu Xide - Interview

Liu Xide is a young Chinese artists working in watercolor. He lives in Guanxi provance that is said to be a place of watercolor in China. I represent an interview with this master that is included in my new book "Masters Of Watercolor. Both Sides Of The Great Wall"

Do you consider your painting style western or traditional?
My painting style is more traditional.

Do you follow certain aesthetic cannons when you paint?
Of course. And I also follow my intuition, inner voice and feelings.

Liu Xide. Hmong Girl. 76x56 cm. 2015

How many colors do you have on your palette?
There are 18 colors on my palette. But actually only 6 or 8 color or even less I would use often.

Do you plan your work before you start?
Yes. I will always plan my work before I start, which means a lot to me. I need to make an overall plan according to the subject or my inner feelings. This step can help me to avoid some problems.

Do you always complete your painting in one go?
In most cases, I finish my painting at one time, because in this way I can fully focus on it and keep a coherent thoughit. Besides, the characteristics of water-colour painting need me to finish it at one time.

Liu Xide. Affectionate Song. 73x53 cm. 2015

How many different brushes do you need for one painting?
You know, Chinese brush is very expressive. It can be used in many different ways. So basically, it is enough for me to use 3 brushes - one big brush, one Chinese brush and one small brush for painting details.

Is it important to paint in plain air?
I think it is fairly important. From the view of learning, plain air is the best lesson for color training. It provides us with rich color changing and splendid scenery. By out-door painting, we can earn exquisite skills and color language.

Liu Xide. Asking. 56x76 cm. 2014

Is it possible to be a full time artist in China?
This is an interesting question. In China, nothing is impossible. Though full-time artist is an ideal job, it is hard for us to earn our living by painting only. 

What is more important for an artist - successful students or personal achievements?
It is hard to answer this question as to answer the meaning of life. But it is quite meaningful. First of all, teaching successful students is important, which helps them to make their own achievements in art and also proves that the teacher is successful. But if I have to choose one from the two, I have to say that, for an artist, personal achievement is more important . As an old Chinese saying goes: An accomplished teacher has skilled students. One have to be a successful artist before he has the ability to teach others.

Liu Xide

Is there a strong competition between artists in China? Does it help to improve to every artist?
In China, there are many excellent artists. It is very very difficult for many to have the ability to have his paintings shown in a national level exhibition. I have no idea whether it will encourage every artist. But for most of them, I think the answer would be yes. Every artist should have a positive and innovative spirit of practice.

Have you ever been fully satisfied with your work?
Besides work, drawing is my hobby. It is a happy thing to be able to draw. I am quite happy with my job now.

Liu Xide. Hmong Girl-2. 56x76 cm. 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Workshop in MISA, USA

Welcome to my workshop in USA! 
It is taking place in MISA - Madeline Island School of Art 18-22, June 2017. 

During this five day workshop, you will learn how to use the Alla Prima approach to create expressive works in watercolor.  I will share my knowledge of this classic approach while utilizing contemporary techniques including wet-on-wet, dry brush, glazing, splashing, masking, and many others. You will also learn how to create convincing works without needing advanced drawing skills.
The class schedule will include 2-3 painting demonstrations per day and opportunities to paint a variety of subjects. You will learn distinct approaches for florals, landscapes, seascapes, interiors and portraits. This class will be mainly studio based with some opportunities to paint en Plein Air throughout the week, using Madeline Island’s amazing landscapes and seascapes as inspiration.



You can choose to bring two or three of your own paintings for personal critique, or specific objects of interest to receive feedback on the right approach to use, and mistakes to avoid when painting the chosen subject matter. Class will conclude with a critique exhibition of student and teacher’s works at week’s end.