Autumn Watercolors

Autumn Watercolors

Autumn Watercolors

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Oct 11, 2019 11:00 AM to
Oct 13, 2019 03:00 PM
North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
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Hansa yellow, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, indanthrone blue, carbazole violet: join us for a weekend of art in the North Cascades during the glorious ripening of fall colors!

Autumn Watercolors
Painters of all levels are welcome to the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center to learn techniques to capture the golden hues of autumn in the dramatic landscape of the Wild Nearby. Seattle-based artist Molly Hashimoto will teach us how to paint vine maples, larches and bigleaf maples in their fall transition.

Molly's recent book Colors of the West explores wild places through the lens of watercolor “en plein air” painting, a French term meaning literally “in the open air.” Steeped in the natural world, she has sketched in the outdoors and worked as a plein air artist and teacher for more than 20 years, including over a decade at the Institute. Her book is organized by color, a unique approach to teaching artists how to really see color in the outdoor spaces around them, and then apply it to journals, other art projects, or simply beautiful memories.

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Throughout the weekend, we'll gather inspiration by exploring the Diablo Lake neighborhood and taking an extended field trip up to Washington Pass. Here, beneath the towering granite of the Early Winter Spires and Liberty Bell, we’ll take a short hike where we can view and paint the glowing larch trees. Institute naturalists will share the natural history of the many species of conifers in the North Cascades.

When you're not painting, feel free to soak up the views of Pyramid and Colonial Peaks, linger on the shores of Diablo Lake, dine on healthful, organic, delicious meals prepared in our historic dining hall, find a book to curl up with in the Wild Ginger Library and rest in comfort at night in our guest lodges.

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