“After the Shower,” a watercolor painting by John Dimick.
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“After the Shower,” a watercolor painting by John Dimick.

Saxtons River Art Guild hosts urban landscape painting workshop

BELLOWS FALLS — The Saxtons River Art Guild (SRAG) presents a one-day workshop given by Vermont watercolorist John Dimick on Saturday, May 6, at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshop fees are $70 for SRAG members and $90 for nonmembers.

The theme of the workshop is “Painting Urban Landscapes.” This is open to all abilities; however, some watercolor experience is suggested. Artists interested in the urban landscape theme and working in other media can contact Dimick to discuss registering for this workshop. He has painted urban and architectural scenes in oils.

In this workshop, Dimick will explain and demonstrate the steps that he generally follows when painting an urban landscape, such as the street scenes in Brattleboro or Bellows Falls.

He will demonstrate the progression of steps from a photograph to a sketch on the watercolor paper and then the gradual development, working toward the finished painting.

Participants are encouraged to bring a couple of photos of their own to work from or they may work from Dimick's photos.

Participants should expect to start working on their own after a brief introduction. He will have several finished paintings or prints of street scenes that are completed on hand to illustrate certain unusual techniques he uses.

Dimick is an award-winning artist at various juried shows. Vermont Artisans Designs in Brattleboro carries many of his paintings, prints, and notecards. Dimick was the cover artist featured in the January/February edition of Monadnock Table magazine.

Writer Diana Damato described his work as ranging “from nature-based scenes to city sites, including locations in downtown Brattleboro, machine shops, unique perspectives of bridges, and western United States and European settings.” Examples of his work may be viewed at johndimickartist.com.

SRAG will have coffee and tea; those attending the workshop should bring lunch if they wish. For registration or more information, contact Carolyn Berglund at [email protected]. Masks and COVID-19 vaccinations are required to attend the SRAG workshops.

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