Fenendael uses ink to create watercolor excitement

September 12, 2019  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

A new class at the Bonifas had participants combining watercolor and ink to create a unique piece of art, and learning how to do so from a renowned watercolor artist. 

Using the ink marks to guide artists in their composition and design makes for an exciting process. In the new “watercolor excitement with ink” class, students used a limited palette and worked on small and medium pieces of watercolor paper.

The pigments and watercolor paper were available for participants, along with brushes, pencils, erasers and permanent pens. Participants brought several photographs that they wanted to paint.

Class instructor and watercolor artist Ed Fenendael, a native of Wisconsin, began his art career over 35 years ago and now offers workshops in the U.S. and abroad. He has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and graduated from Marquette University.

Fenendael’s work is in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the world and also in the Miller Art Museum (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin) permanent collection. 

Fenendael says he enjoys sharing his knowledge of watercolor painting with others. 

“I feel very fortunate to be able to communicate my feelings, my joys, and my love of nature in my artwork. One of my greatest rewards is to share that love with fellow artists when I teach. I am a firm believer that you need only the desire to become involved in art and thus begin this wonderful journey on the path of creativity.” 

“This class will be a wonderful way for people to expand their creativity and share their favorite experiences by “putting them on watercolor paper with the addition of ‘permanent ink’. No worry, just fun,” Fenendael said. 

The two-day workshop was offered Sept. 10 and 11. It began with a short discussion followed by a demonstration. Participants then had plenty of time to work on their individual pieces. Each day ended with a gentle and informative critique.

Participants were sure to have fun and leave this workshop with a renewed sense of creativity and a painting to display in their homes.

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