Watercolour Painting with Pasqualino Fracasso
Date: 30th June
At L’Age Baston my course will be based on the essence of the landscape painting process. Together we will consider composition and the importance of tonal values.
We will sketch outside to catch and synthesize the world and then, back in the studio we can work from our photos and sketches to achieve a more personalised approach to the subject.
We will mainly work in watercolour using pencil and charcoal for studies. In the morning sessions we will be working on projects and I will be sharing my working methods step by step with you in demonstrations.
In the afternoons we will try to develop your work in progress as well as analysing techniques, experimenting and exploring other solutions.
I am only too happy to guide and support your growth as an artist and content to teach all levels. For me watercolour is magic and I use it to evoke and create the beauty I find in the objects, people and scenes around me. I study as many subjects and watercolor techniques as I can and like to work outside ‘en plein air’ as well as in my studio. I’m still spending time too with the classical paintings of the past even as I experiment for new modern solutions. It takes a lot of skill to be able to let everything free flow from inside us and the ‘artistic path’ is not always easy….but I feel things are going the right way and it feels fantastic.
I was born in 1973 and am a Aerospatiale engineer by trade. I started painting in 2004 as a self taught student but had already began to exhibit on a national level by 2008. In 2010 I became a member of the Italian Watercolour Society (AIA) and also the Birmingham Watercolour Society (BWS) in the UK and the National Watercolour Society (NWS) in the USA. Soon after that I began to exhibit internationally and started to win some awards in the USA. Since 2012 I have been entered into the international circuits by exhibiting in the nest shows by contested selection or by invitation. In 2015 I exhibited at the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial in China, the Salon International de Belgique in Brussels and the NWS International exhibition in Los Angeles. I have been teaching watercolour courses in Aosta Valley where I live for the last four years and also tutor at other workshops across Europe.
As a self-taught watercolourist who developed his technique through studying the great watercolour masters, I have come to develop a very eclectic style treating different subjects in different ways. I believe it’s important to know the classics to be able to go in other directions. I tend to work in an impressionist style when working outside and a less traditional and more modern style for studio works. So welcome to my evolving world of watercolour and perhaps I’ll see you at Chateau L’Age Baston where you can join me and I can help you in this artistic adventure.