Keiko Tanabe

Understand key elements to capture the essence of a subject to convey certain moods and atmospheres in this no-fear approach to watercolors. Any level welcome, but previous experience in watercolor is beneficial.

No Fear Approach to Watercolor

Keiko will teach you to confidently capture the essence of a subject in watercolor.

Workshop Description

Watercolor could be the most exciting medium but is often said to be more unforgiving or difficult than other mediums. This workshop is for those who refuse to believe that myth and are determined to have fun without struggling too much.

Through small studies and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko explains her methods and techniques that students will apply to their class work. She also shares her decision-making process that enables students to understand key elements and how to make them work in a painting.

Keiko will demonstrate her no-fear approach to uncover the mechanism of fear that is associated with dealing with watercolor. Each demo is an example of how to take the initial inspiration to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and in content. The goal is to capture the essence of the subject that conveys a certain mood and atmosphere.

Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape, figures and/or interior, which will be demonstrated in a manner that is more representational and impressionistic.

The introduction touches upon the fundamentals including getting to know our materials and seeing things with an artist’s eye. The areas of topic covered in the workshop include: tonal value studies, a preliminary drawing, planning and intuition, how to edit complex visual information, what makes a good design, understanding of relationship of dark and light values, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling.

Keiko will do one or two demonstrations a day. There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis. A class critique will be conducted at the end of each day.


Intermediate and advanced (basic knowledge & some previous experiences of drawing and watercolor painting strongly recommended to benefit from this workshop)

About Keiko 

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California, U.S.A. Primarily self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in international relations and marketing. Since then, her work has earned many awards and recognitions on national and international level. Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries. Her work was also featured in numerous art publications including PleinAir (US), L’Art de l’Aquarelle (France), Practique des Arts (France), Watercolor Artist (US), Artists (US) and Artists & Illustrators (UK). She is also a sought-after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently a member of National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society (signature), Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (signature), and American Impressionist Society.

No Fear Approach to Watercolor

Keiko Tanabe
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