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Watercolor Abstracts Workshop

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  • with Sterling Edwards
  • October 26-29, 2020
  • Lincolnton, NC

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    Watercolor Abstracts Workshop

    Sterling Edwards,CSPWC, TWSA, WPA, NWS

    Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    One hour lunch break daily

    ****All supplies are included****

    That’s right; I said abstracts, the big “A” word. Have you ever considered branching out and doing something different? Well, here’s your chance.

    Join renowned artist Sterling Edwards and delve into the world of abstract painting. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not as easy as it sounds. This is Sterling’s favorite style of painting because it allows him to be totally creative. Most of the time we, as artists, use some form of reference material when we paint. We are either in the field doing plein air painting or in a studio painting from a photograph. In other words, we are copying something that inspires us. Not so with abstract painting. Many refer to abstract painting as the purest form of artistic expression because we are actually creating as opposed to copying. Combine that with the fact that abstract art is fun and extremely popular these days and you’ve got a winning combination. .

    In this workshop you’ll learn how to find exciting designs for an abstract painting. You will also learn many of the basics that Sterling uses in his paintings designs such as;

     Negative painting

    Building a strong composition

    Using Expressive colors

    Glazing techniques

    Specific techniques for building exciting textures

    The importance of off register calligraphy to build dimension in your painting

    The difference between Representational Abstract and Abstract Expressionism

    How to overlap shapes to create drama

    And so much more!

                If you’re in a rut, tired of copying everyone else, need to rekindle your creativity, need to have some fun, and are ready to go outside of the envelope, then this is your workshop! See for yourself why Sterling Edwards is one of the most sought after workshop instructors in the U.S and internationally.


    * NOTE : Students staying with us in our on-site accommodations will also receive continental breakfast, Chef prepared dinner, unlimited access to studios & art supplies, and on-site amenities. To inquire about on-site lodging contact donna@donnadowney.com or call 704.240.8076 for availability and pricing. 

    About the teacher

    Sterling Edwards

    Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia artist, teacher, author, and art juror who is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a resident of North Carolina since 1973. Following a twenty year career as a law enforcement officer and a firefighter, he made a commitment in 1993 to pursue his passion for art and begin a second career as a visual artist. Sterling has been studying art since the age of twelve, and although self taught, has developed a unique and expressive style of painting that has gained international recognition and the respect of his peers, students, and art collectors. Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that personify his intuitive and creative sense of design and color, ranging from abstract expressionism to traditional. He is a sought after international workshop instructor and is often selected to jury national and international art competitions. Sterling is also the designer of a signature line of multi-media paint brushes and a watercolor palette that are marketed internationally through his website store, painting workshops, and retail art supply stores. Sterling has been featured in "Watercolor Magic Magazine's", “Ones to Watch”, in "Watercolor Artist Magazine", and in "The New Palette Magazine". In 2007, he was awarded a signature membership in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), an international transparent watercolor society based in Toronto, Canada. In 2010, Sterling was awarded a signature membership in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA). He is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”, and is a featured artist in numerous other books by various national and international publishers including; "Best of America Watermedia", by Kennedy Publishing and "Masters of Watercolor", written by Russian artist and author, Konstantin Sterkhov in 2015. In 2013, Sterling was honored to have been invited into the International Watercolor Society (IWS), which is headquartered in Teos, Turkey. In 2015 he was awarded the designation of a "Bonafide" Whiskey Painter and bestowed with a lifetime signature membership in the internationally renowned Whiskey Painters of America (WPA), the most unique and exclusive miniature painting society in the world with a membership that is strictly limited to 150 artists worldwide. In 2017 he was awarded signature membership status in the revered National Watercolor Society (NWS). Today Sterling’s book, signature line of products, artist workshops, and instructional videos are employed by thousands of artists worldwide. His award winning watermedia paintings are in numerous national and international private and corporate collections. Sterling works from his home studio in Lewisville, North Carolina.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What airport do I fly into?

    Charlotte Douglas Airport in North Carolina

    Do I need to rent a car?

    We offer complimentary rides (at specified times) to and from the airport and shuttle you each day to the studio. For more info, click here.

    Where do I stay?

    You can either book a room at our new studio or get a special rate with one of our hotel partners.

    To book a room at our studio, email or call us at 704-240-8076 or donna@donnadowney.com. For more info on rooms, click here.

    To book a room with a special rate with our hotel partner, see below:

    Quality Inn (located 2 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
    1550 E Main St, Lincolnton, North Carolina, 28092
    Phone: +1-623-432-0782
    Book Here

    Hampton Inn (located 2 miles from Donna Downey Studios)
    129 Roper Drive, Lincolnton, North Carolina, 28092
    Phone: +1-704-736-2000
    To register online for the special event rate, click here or call and use Donna Downey Studios corporate code 0002759994

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Purchased class spots are non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, and the workshop is sold out, please email kelli@donnadowney.com to be put in contact with the first person on the waiting list. From there, the payment must be worked out between both parties. If there is no waiting list, we are unfortunately unable to provide any refund or credit.

    If you would like to enroll in a workshop that has been sold out,
    please send an email to donna@donnadowney.com and you will be put on a waiting list.
    Questions? Contact donna@donnadowney.com