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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