ONLINE CLASS: Simplifying Figures & Crowds in Watercolor

DATES: 09/04/2020 - 09/04/2020
LOCATION: None
PRICE: $50.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
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Robert Leedy is a Florida painter who concentrates in the medium of watercolor. He holds a BFA in Painting & Drawing from Valdosta State University. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society and The Florida Watercolor Society. A big portion of his work is done en plein aire and he is active with The First Coast Plein Air Painters in North Florida.

Robert regularly teaches classes and workshops at his studio and at Reddi-Arts, The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. In 2017, Robert was voted one of the Best Art Teachers in Jacksonville by Expertise.com.

Upon graduation from college, Robert worked in graphic design and the fine wine industry before painting full time. He has lived throughout the Caribbean, Europe and South America and traveled extensively before returning to his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida in 2010.  He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. His painting, “Ocean & Ahern” was published in Splash 14.

Currently he shows his work at Southlight Gallery in Jacksonville, Aviles Gallery in St. Augustine and Casco Bay Artisans Gallery in Portland, Maine. Robert works on location and out of his studio in The CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.

* Robert Leedy is also a former student of Il Chiostro in Venice, Lake Garda and Tuscany.


Artist’s Statement:

My paintings are a celebration of the intrinsic qualities of watercolor – fluidity, transparency, vibrant and granulating color.  My goal is that viewers immediately recognize the works as watercolor. I also strive to pique their visual interest.

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My response to light is quite evident in my work. I think that is a big factor in what draws people to it. Color & light are the important common denominators in my work as a watercolor painter. Whether the subject is architectural, figurative, a landscape, still life or non-representational – bold, often pure, luminous color reigns throughout the composition.

The unpredictability of the medium attracts me. I enjoy the unexpected decisions and challenges that arise during the painting process. I enjoy the discovery process and quirky nature of the medium and give it room to lead the direction of the painting to some extent. Keeping it spontaneous and open for forks in the road, I am merely a guide for a wonderful medium.

“Robert Leedy’s use of color, technique and fun composition captured my imagination. I learned so much not only about watercolor technique but also color and composition.  His critiques have always been positive and very constructive and he has encouraged me to love to keep painting.  Painting with Robert is always fun as he has a great sense of humor and sweet disposition.” – Rebbecca Mentz, Student

“Robert Leedy is an accomplished, award-winning watercolorist and a great teacher. He’s articulate and generous in sharing his wide-ranging knowledge of watercolor techniques – all in an effort to encourage students to enhance their own styles, rather than mimic his.” – Jessie Cook, Student

I started Robert’s classes relatively new to art, much less watercolor.  Robert pushed me (gently!) to become an intermediate painter. He is positive, charming and a great storyteller.  If you have a chance to take lessons from him, I encourage you to do so and I know you will enjoy the experience! – Connie Slimmon, Student

People don’t have to present a problem in your life!

While traveling in Italy, you are sure to encounter crowds of people in public places. Painting figures can be daunting, especially if you are on a time limit. Robert will show you how to simplify and suggest figures in your watercolor paintings.

Bring a sketchbook as we will work from several sources.


Class Date: Friday, September 4

Time:  3pm EST (That is 2pm Central time, 1 pm Mountain time and noon Pacific time)

Class Length:  2 hours + critique

Price:  $50


This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.