I’ve just signed up for a Ted Nuttall Workshop at Kowana Valley Ranch. I haven’t been going to workshops or even taking too many classes lately, as I’ve been trying to develop on my own for a while (I’ve needed some time to synthesize all that I’ve learned from wonderful teachers over the years).
But this class is too tempting to ignore. I’m feeling ready for a bit more coaching, I attended one of Ted’s classes about 2 years ago, and it was honestly a game changer for me. My watercolors took a huge leap forward. Just watching Ted paint was an education, and his careful coaching taught me things about painting that I use everyday.
Ted has a unique style; part graphic design, part painterly brush strokes. His sense of color and style is enviable. I know that there is the danger of becoming a clone of your teacher, but I’m not worried about that. I feel that if we paint honestly, then we will ultimately and honestly paint like ourselves. What I want to do is lean a bit in his stylistic direction, in hopes that I can get a bit closer to making the kind of narrative I see in my head.
If you’re a painter looking to take the next step in your work, I recommend taking one of Ted’s workshops (there are still places left in this one!) Kowana Valley Ranch is fabulously beautiful, set in a valley in the Sierra Nevada Foothills (you could do some plein air painting in the evenings). And the hosts, Lynn and Richard Ferry are generous, fun, and happy people. Plus, Lynn is a great cook (and she makes a mean gluten-free pie.)
Hope to see you at this workshop!