Plein-air Streamside Painting Kicked Off Ashokan Watershed Month

Posted on: September 5th, 2019 by Tim Koch
Plein-air painting participants show off their work on the banks of the Esopus.

Plein-air paint­ing par­tic­i­pants show off their work on the banks of the Esopus.

Ashokan Water­shed Month offi­cially kicked off yes­ter­day with the Plein-air Stream­side Paint­ing work­shop. Plein-air means “out­doors” in French, and yes­ter­day 16 par­tic­i­pants met at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian to paint the Eso­pus Creek, en plein-air.

AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch kicked things off with a dis­cus­sion of the stream fea­tures in the scene and how stream process may inform paint­ing tech­nique. For exam­ple, pools are stream fea­tures with deep, flat water that read­ily reflect the sky and any over­hang­ing ripar­ian veg­e­ta­tion. Rif­fles on the other hand are shal­low and tur­bu­lent fea­tures where por­tray­ing move­ment is a key ele­ment of stream paint­ing. Many streams have repeat­ing riffle-pool sequences that cre­ate a visu­ally appeal­ing pat­tern — per­fect for painting.

AWSMP Stream Educator Tim Koch gets excited talking about stream features.

AWSMP Stream Edu­ca­tor Tim Koch gets excited talk­ing about stream features.

Local artist and paint­ing instruc­tor Joyce Washor then led stu­dents through the con­cepts of lim­ited color the­ory, scene com­po­si­tion, per­spec­tive, and water color brush techniques.

Artist Joyce Washor demonstrates the "wet on wet" water color painting technique.

Artist Joyce Washor demon­strates the “wet on wet” water color paint­ing technique.

Using Joyce’s pen­cil sketch as a guide, each stu­dent brought the Eso­pus Creek scene to life in their unique way.

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Despite the threat of rain, a great time was had by all inte­grat­ing stream sci­ence and art.

Next up for Ashokan Water­shed Month is a pre­sen­ta­tion on Ashokan Reser­voir Oper­a­tions given by Adam Bosch, Direc­tor of Pub­lic Affairs for the NYC DEP. This pop­u­lar talk will be held at the AWSMP Office on Mon­day, Sep­tem­ber 9th from 6-8pm. Visit AWSMP’s Ashokan Water­shed Month web­page to register.

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