Joseph Z Paints Provence
In September 2020, we will be hosting world-renowned watercolor artist, Joseph Zbukvic’s painting workshop in Provence. Joseph is one of the most highly regarded watercolor masters of our time, and it is hardly surprising that his work is quickly acquired by art lovers, or that his workshops sell out with waitlists. You can imagine what a triple threat it might be when Joseph joins two other internationally renowned watercolor masters to create a single painting. This is exactly what was done for Graeme Stevenson’s long-running Australian TV Series (now in its 20th season) Colour In Your Life, which profiles artists, their techniques, and their works. In this episode, Joseph was joined in his Fitzroy, Melbourne studio by watercolorists Herman Pekel and Alvaro Castagnet.
Colour In Your Life
The Colour In Your Life cameras rolled as these three extraordinary individuals—obviously fantastic friends and great admirers of each other’s work—created a breathtaking Melbourne street scene including a church, a train station and several buildings, with traffic, pedestrians and even the three of them (dubbed the “Three Amigos”) are worked into the painting. Brushing on color as if all three artists were taking instructions from a single mind, the work comes strikingly to life. They even make sure to deliberately switch places so that there won’t be three separate styles—it’s a unified whole from a combined fourth artist, if you will.
As an aside, I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Graeme Stevenson, Colour In Your Life producer—who is a world-class artist in his own right—at the Plein Air Convention and Expo in San Francisco last April. I also met Joseph there for the first time and was able to present him with a lovely bottle of French wine with a custom Joseph Zbukvic wine label!
It’s amazing who you meet when you turn up at at such events, including the Figurative Art Convention and Expo, and of course our very own Workshops in France.
Blogger: Julie Snyder
Julie Snyder is a professional artist and also the programs director of Workshops In France. A native of Scotland, she is a seasoned traveler who splits her time between California and France. You can learn more about her role with Workshops in France here.
This year at Les Carrières des Lumières, the famous underground quarry is once again transformed into a theater of mind-blowing proportions through the wizardry of technology, showing projected masterworks from Venice as well as the work of Yves Klein in Infinite Blue onto its limestone walls.
Occasionally we meet a non-painting partner whose own work inspires the rest of us. The photographs by George Howard are immediately identifiable for their graphic color and beautiful light, the same qualities that artists seek in our work.
Yellow ochre is a naturally mined pigment used by artists everywhere. One of the must-see villages in Provence is Rousillon, where this multi-hued pigment was mined. You see it as orange, pink, and red on the walls of all houses and the red rock faces for the surrounding hills.