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Tenn. (2019) -- Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel will return to Nashville this spring to teach a new three-day
workshop on brushless watercolor painting.
The "Pouring Your Art Out"
watercolor workshop will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists from March
8-10, 2019 at Plaza Artist Materials, 633 Middleton St. in downtown Nashville. Sessions
will occur from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
artist/instructor, who taught and painting in Franklin for more than 20 years, will show attendees how to create glowing watercolor
paintings by pouring pigments in primary colors without the use of brushes and
palette knives. The course is structured to serve artists at all skill levels,
from the very raw beginner to the most advanced. McDaniel will close each
session with individual critiques.
you ever wanted to set your brushes aside and just have the freedom to pour
your watercolor pigments across the watercolor paper?" asked McDaniel, who
now teaches and paints near Griffin, Georgia, south of Atlanta. "This is a
chance for artists to release that child within them."
Because space is limited to 20
participants, reservations are required. Tuition is $195 for all three days of
training. Attendees are eligible to receive a 30 percent discount on the
purchase of art supplies from Plaza Artist Materials. For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (678)
603-1502 or send an inquiry to email@example.com.
McDaniel explained that brushless
watercolor paintings are achieved by using only the three primary colors. As one
pours, transparent veils of watercolor pigments flow to produce glowing paintings,
resulting in an exciting "finale." The paints seem to have minds of
their own. As the primary triad mixes on the white paper, the paints create
luminous, secondary colors that capture light.
"That is part of the magic of
this special technique," McDaniel noted. "Artists won't be using
brushes and palette knives. They can learn a technique that, at first glance,
seems quite impossible. This fun activity allows you to work on two paintings
at once, pouring one while allowing the other to dry."
is an acclaimed watercolorist who, by invitation, has served as an associate
member and demonstrating artist/instructor for the prestigious Winsor &
Newton Creative Artist Network of London. She was commissioned to create four program covers for
Griffin (Ga.) Choral Arts' 10th anniversary concert season. Before moving to
Georgia, McDaniel spent more than 20 years
working as a professional watercolorist and art instructor in Nashville and
Brentwood, Tennessee. During that time, she taught more than 1,500 students in
classes and workshops around the world. A number of her former students have
developed into professional artists with exhibitions and commissions of their
Award-winning artist/instructor Gail McDaniel
me, others love the look of watercolor paintings and want to learn the
medium," said the artist, who painted the
invitation cover for "A Little Night of Music" starring country
superstar LeAnn Rimes. "Many come for the change of
pace and the new, wonderful, relaxing challenge it brings. The intermediate and
advanced students come to me to grow in the medium."
will demonstrate the techniques, shortcuts and concepts that she has developed
or learned by doing, reading or studying with others. She plans to show her
students everything she knows, holding nothing back. Her goal is to inspire
them without making them feel overwhelmed.
During her career, McDaniel has
trained artists from 36 different states (including Alaska and Hawaii), the
District of Columbia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the
Philippines and South Korea. She has taught 11 workshops at historic Ghost
Ranch in New Mexico, a landmark where the late Georgia O’Keefe lived and
painted. She also served as a member of the arts faculty of Cheekwood Botanical
Garden & Museum of Art.
"Gail can get more color out of
watercolor than you can imagine," said Bev Silsby, an artist/student in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, who helped host McDaniel for a similar workshop in
2005. "She is literal, impressionist and abstract."
In 2002, she and her husband, Ken,
launched the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards", raising almost
$90,000 for Middle Tennessee public schools. The fundraising effort earned Gail
and Ken a nomination in the "volunteer innovator" category of the
2009 Mary Catherine Strobel Award. In 2012, the artist was named the PENCIL
Foundation's "Volunteer of the Year".
Before leaving Tennessee, she
received an award for "Excellence in Community Service" in 2010 from
the Travelers Rest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the
American Revolution. She was inducted into the Cave City, Ky., Hall of Fame in
2011 and named to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1970 as one
of"Kentucky's ambassadors of good
will and fellowship around the world."
In 2001, she was invited by
directors of the "Art in Provence" program to conduct an eight-day
watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. She also has taught in Central
America, South America and Canada. She studied under 38 noted art instructors
to help build her reputation as one of the South's top artists/instructors. --
even accepting a commission to paint a family landmark for former Kentucky Gov.
Louie B. Nunn.
Gail McDaniel's artwork was featured
on the program covers of four major concerts in 2016-17 performed by The
Griffin (Georgia) Choral Arts group. The choir, which is led by Artistic
Director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, is celebrating its 11th anniversary season.
NASHVILLE -- Five professional songwriting acts will take the stage on Jan. 19 (Saturday) at "Tunesmithing," a monthly songwriters show at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave.
Attendees will enjoy original songs and instrumentals by Lisa Aschmann, Meredith Bliss, Everette Brown, Dar Frantz, and Paul Nielsen. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Nashville composer-educator-publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Engineer-songwriter-performer AJ Bigler will handle sound.
"Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts
Network, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Music. The monthly show was
founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit
songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers
mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all