Join abstract artist Ruth Armitage in Umbria and for a hybrid workshop incorporating both plein air and studio work. You’ll emerge with confidence and inspiration. Conquer one of the greatest challenges of plein air painting by learning to simplify. Plein air sketching combined with studio work in mixed water media will give you the advantage of immediacy coupled with speed. You won’t have a chance to ‘overwork’.
Ruth will demonstrate her process for moving from representational to abstraction inspired by the rich and historic scenes near La Romita. Students will sketch from life en plein air, then translate those sketches and personal photos into meaningful abstraction in the studio of La Romita. The resulting paintings will begin with watercolor, and may also include collaged mementos, rubbings, journal snippets, and other artifacts of our journey.
You’ll relish the fluidity and portability of watercolor with the addition of a few opaque additions: Gouache, High Flow Acrylic and Collage. Design dominance will be your main guide as you learn to dissect what the true attraction and meaning that each scene holds for the individual artist. You’ll leave saying “Veni, Vidi, Simpliciores!” (I came, I saw, I simplified.)
Ruth Armitage began her career as a high school English teacher. Her communication and organizational skills stem from that training. Her work has appeared in the Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine, and the Palette Magazine as well as numerous local, regional, and national shows.
You’ll find Ruth’s work represented by the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery, Waterstone Gallery, Freed Gallery, and Earthworks Gallery in Oregon. Ruth enjoys watching light bulbs come on in her student’s eyes. She has led hundreds of students through the creative process to find fulfillment in her over 20 years of teaching art. Ruth and her husband, Marc, live in Vancouver, Washington.
As La Romita School caters to multiple levels of instruction and various forms of the arts, prices will vary by session, season, instructor, and offerings.