Watercolor Lessons for the Senior Community

My Lessons for the Senior Community are a Hybrid of Watercolor mixed with some pencil, crayon, and materials suitable for all artists.
Each Project is selected with the intention of the artist feeling relaxed and able to enjoy the art process.  

Upcoming projects include:



 City Scene
        Happy Harvest

Autumn Trees & Flowers

Garden Pot


       Sail Boats


My new Watercolor Lesson is inspired by the Watercolor and Textiles of Charles Rennie Mackintosh 

Scottish architect and designer leader of the Glasgow School of the Fine Arts, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, The Glasgow School of Art…

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928) was a Scottish architect, designer, water colorist and artist. He was a designer in the post-impressionist movement and also the main representative of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom. He had considerable influence on European design. He was born in Glasgow and he died in London. He was 4th of 11 Children.  Father was a policeman.  Died at age 60.
Life was not always easy for Charles - from childhood he suffered from disabilities. He walked with a limp and developed a problem with his right eye which caused it to droop. Because of these disabilities Charles was encouraged to spend time in the countryside when he was young.
It was his love of the countryside and flora which was to manifest itself later in his life. Mackintosh enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art at the age of fifteen. A year later he joined John Hutchison architectural practice to train as a draughtsman
In 1890 Charles won the coveted ‘Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship’ for Public Design. With his prize of £60 he decided to travel to Italy and Europe.
This trip was to change his life, and he was to develop an individual style, influenced greatly by his experiences in Europe.  
He Returned to Glasgow after this trip, bringing back many different ideas.  At the same time, Japanese Navy and Training Engineers influenced his modern ideas, Simple forms used texture, light and shadow rather than pattern and ornament.  Mackintosh also looked to Japanese Art which added a depth to his new found ideas creating designs with a more calm and organic feel.
Mackintosh continued his studies at the renowned Glasgow School of Art where the new principal Francis Newbery had transformed the School. He encouraged the students to follow the latest trends in art, design, crafts and architecture.
It was here that Charles Rennie Mackintosh met fellow artist Margaret MacDonald who would have a profound influence on his life. Together with Margaret’s sister Frances MacDonald and fellow artist Herbert Mac Nair the two couples were known as the “The Four” and formed the ‘Glasgow Style’ – both couples were later to marry and change the face of art forever. After several successful building designs, Mackintosh became a partner of Honeyman and Keppie in 1907.   Margaret and Charles married on August 22, 1900
The couple later moved to England (1914-1922) where he produced many beautiful watercolor paintings, but unfortunately Charles was unable to secure much work in the way of lucrative commissions for his architectural skills.
Having holidayed in the south of France in 1923, Margaret and Charles decided to move there permanently in 1925, due in part to financial hardship.
It was here that Charles would create a portfolio of beautiful landscape watercolour paintings  The couple remained in France until 1927, when illness forced them to return to London.  Sadly Charles was later diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer. He was admitted to a nursing home where he died on December 10, 1928 at the age of 60. Margaret passed away on 10 January 1933, five years later.
The art lesson will build on the structure, elongated designs, and stylized floral interpretations that are signatures in Mackintosh's work.

Photos of Completed Sample Artwork will be posted soon!

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