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An example of fine art by Keiko Tanabe

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Atmosphere and intrigue come to life in these soulful and expressive masterful watercolors. The depth, the detail, the light... simply exquisite!
- Informed Collector

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Award-winning watercolor artist of landscapes and cityscapes

  • She captures a sense of place and people in everyday life

  • Her unique mix of soft and powerful brushstrokes creates a soothing and inviting effect

  • Price Range: $350.00 - $6,500.00

  • Main Website: http://www.ktanabefineart.com

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The Artist Says:

"Watercolor painting is a language I have learned to speak to tell my stories of who we are and how we live. It is a creative tool to capture the simple truth in our everyday life that may be overlooked but tugs at my heartstrings. It is also a vehicle to communicate my artistic vision on the joy of living and the ingenuity of human creations. I travel near and far and paint with enthusiasm to celebrate the beauty we all share at this time on this planet."

"When I am true to my inspiration, my brushstrokes sometimes surprise me by exposing something of my inner spirit I was not even aware of."

"I used to lay down several layers in order to increase the intensity of values. But in doing that, I could lose freshness. Now I mix my darks first thing, and put in the accurate tonal value of the darks right away. My goal is to finish with fewer brushstrokes."

"What is important, is not what we capture in our photograph, but what inspired us to take that photo in the first place. With this in mind, we can let our imagination lead us so our creativity won't become a prisoner of a photograph."

Collectors Say:

"The beauty, peace and joy you bring to others is constant, immeasurable and appreciated. Just a few moments looking at one of your glorious paintings and I'm filled with peace as if I've been meditating." -- Judy Prince

"Occasionally in life some people are fortunate to meet with something that speaks without words to them - in my case your paintings do that. It has given me a very special warm feeling to purchase a painting directly from you especially because we have direct personal contact. For me it is a very important factor and adds value to you." -- Kenji Asano

"Each of your paintings tells its own story on its own, but I love what you write about your thoughts and feelings or connections to each painting. They just come to life and are an extension of the love you paint into them! What a marvelous gift to the lucky recipients! It's as if very special places and moments in time are captured forever to be cherished or have special moments one can relive right in their own home!" -- Christine Krauss

"I received the painting today and am completely blown away. It's so beautiful. The computer image really doesn't do it justice. I love your work and look forward to building a collection with you. Thank you so much. It has been such a pleasure. I will send you a picture as soon as I can get it framed and decide where to hang it." -- Reneé Gantz

"We are new to the art of Keiko, but there is no question that if I could afford it, I would have her under exclusive contract to paint everything just for us. Her work is unbelievably good and we are honored to have just one small piece. PS. Great website and blog!" -- A. Lasnover

"Keiko is an exceptional human being, not only does it show in her work, but it is exemplified in the quality of customer care she gives to you. I was astounded by the Chino's painting, I used to have a restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe, and bought produce there regularly. The series of Chino's paintings brought back many wonderful memories in an instant. I am so taken with her work and her apparent attitude about art that I can hardly wait to get another painting from her in the future." -- Mike Downing, Quimby's Restaurant

"I stumbled across this painting (on the Internet), and it struck me. It's a beautiful painting, with lots of intrinsic emotion. It's true; I did get that feeling of "I've been here before" when I first looked at it. I also want to mention that I think your business instincts are right-on. You are most gracious, and handled this deal perfectly. Good luck in your future business inspirations and artistic endeavors. We'll check your website now and then to see What's new?" -- Tom and Isabel Abbott

"I'm not typically a fan of watercolor but your art has certainly turned me around. The depth, vibrancy and life you bring to your paintings has certainly made me look at watercolor art differently - thank you! We look forward to collecting more pieces in the future." -- Tanya Llera

"You have a wonderful sense of color, space, proportion and environment, and you are doing wonderful, wonderful work.""It's very nice and I am very happy I bought it... it will have a privileged place in my home. Thanks, Keiko!" -- Johanne Zenga, Pebeo

"We are so happy with your beautiful work and knowing what a gracious person you are just makes them more special... We will look forward to staying in touch and following your promising career."

"I am so enjoying the little painting (of Venice) I bought. My late husband and I used to visit Venice every year... Thank you for painting it."

Dealers Say:

"Keiko Tanabe translates what might be otherwise sentimental, emotional poignant personal subjects to objective and highly controlled subtle composition." -- Harriet Lesser, Curator, Strathmore Gallery, for "Stepping Over The Line" Exhibition of the North American Watercolor Artists (NAWA), January 2012.

Other Artists Say:

"I am taking the opportunity to encourage everyone to attend a workshop with Keiko. She is such a wonderful artist, and shares so well her passion!" -- Philippe Marty

"Keiko Tanabe captures a sense of atmosphere and place as few artists can. You can see the light and feel the air in her paintings. This is watercolor at its best. Keiko takes full advantage of the fluid and organic feel of the medium. Her lovely evocations of street scenes, towns and villages, cafes and waterways are little gems that continue to reward you every time you see them. " -- Richard Hawk

"Keiko handles watercolor with a magical touch which produces an ethereal and dreamlike quality that portrays her subject with lightness and simplicity." "Keiko's soft luscious colors, along with her spontaneous handling of the brush bring illumination to her work. Through Keiko's world travels, the artist has been exposed to the landscapes and city scenes of Italy, France, Spain, and the United States where through her passion for watercolor, Tanabe captures the beauty that she's experienced in each location." -- Joann Wells Greenbaum

"Your fluidity, simplification and dramatic license inspires and confounds me at the same time. Your dynamic values just amaze me. Keep on amazing us!" -- Carole Mayne

"I have always loved grays, and you have perfected what I mean by grays. Your paintings are so beautiful, peaceful and so meaningful. Your use of colours is at such an expertise level. Thanks for the inspiration." -- Joanne Contant

Artwork by Keiko Tanabe

Recent Blog Posts by Keiko Tanabe

Portugal - Quiet Beauty
Posted on 6/29/2015 9:09:50 PM

Maybe Foes in Soccer but Friends in Watercolor
Posted on 5/26/2015 2:17:59 AM

Les Printemps de L'aquarelle 2015 in Belgium
Posted on 5/10/2015 3:50:12 AM

New Winsor & Newton brand ambassador
Posted on 4/15/2015 4:12:31 PM

Posted on 3/17/2015 12:57:58 PM

Different Light and Colors of Florida
Posted on 3/17/2015 1:44:49 PM

Painting in Mexico
Posted on 3/6/2015 11:36:02 PM

Painting in Mexico
Posted on 3/6/2015 11:51:45 PM

6th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition
Posted on 2/23/2015 10:28:08 PM

Welcome 2015!
Posted on 1/4/2015 10:03:32 PM

Other Web Pages With Info About Keiko Tanabe

Keiko Tanabe's Main Artist Website

Daily Paintworks

Art Galleries Representing Keiko Tanabe

Art Shop Galeri
Izmir, Turkey - 0.232.422.28.30

Willowbrush Studio + Gallery
Tulsa, Oklahoma - 918-301-2718

Zantman Art Galleries
Carmel-By-the-Sea, California - 831-624-8314; 800-432-7972


Click Here to go to the website for artist Keiko Tanabe

Journey Home XXIV

watercolor on paper

Atmosphere and intrigue come to life

in these soulful and expressive masterful watercolors.

The depth, the detail, the light... simply exquisite! -- Informed Collector

In a sense, Keiko's paintings can be interpreted as being caught

somewhere between the 'physical' and the 'spiritual.'

It is as if they are glimpses of who we are and where we have been.

-- Brian Sherwin, Art Critic

Keiko Tanabe tells the stories of the globe - and of her own heart -

with increasingly simple strokes of a brush.

-- Ann Emmert Abbott, Watercolor Artist magazine, December 2010


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Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan. As a child growing up in an art-loving family, she always enjoyed drawing and painting and won many awards in children's art contests. However, art was not her chosen field of study later on. She earned a B.A. in intercultural communication (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan) and an M.A. in international education (UCLA, California). She then worked in international relations positions in a Japanese government trade organization in Tokyo, at a large law firm in San Francisco and at a private consulting firm in San Diego. In the last 30 years, she has traveled extensively, mainly in European countries, Asia and North America.

Through all these years, Keiko knew there was in her heart the growing desire to someday become an artist. That, fueled by her love of travel and strong interest in other cultures, eventually found its way out in 2003. After learning basic drawing and watercolor painting skills at a local community school in San Diego, she took on her first project as an artist together with her father, a renowned scholar of French literature in Japan. Through the Azure Sea and Sky of Provence: A Tribute to Her Joie de Vivre (Kosei Publishing, Osaka, Japan) was published in August, 2003, authored by her father and illustrated by Keiko. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language.

Mostly self-taught, Keiko embarked on a professional art career in 2005 and started exhibiting publicly. In the same year she took a workshop from Alvaro Castagnet and discovered the joy of plein-air painting. Since that year her paintings have been juried into many exhibitions across Americas and in Asia and Europe. Her work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors from all around the world. She also had her paintings published in leading art magazines in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Additionally, she self-publishes her art books and six books have been completed by 2014. She's also a sought-after workshop instructor. Since 2011, she has been invited to and completed successfully more than 80 workshops around the world. Keiko currently lives in San Diego, California.

outdoor demo (Brioude, France) NAWA exhibition (Maryland, USA)


- National Watercolor Society, signature member

- American Watercolor Society

- North American Watercolor Artists (NAWA), founding member


- Immagini dell'Acqua Grande manifestazione all'Acquario Civico di Milano per i primi 40 anni dell'AIA ( by Michelangelo Canzi), L'ACQUERELLO, Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti (January 2015)

- Brushing Up (by Beth Williams), Watercolor Artist, F+W Media, Inc. (October, 2014)

- Talking Techniques with Keiko Tanabe , Artists & Illustrators, The Chealsea Magazine Company Ltd. (March, 2014)

- ??????? , Guangming Daily (January 19, 2014)

- Le Hors Série Aquarelle: Aquarelliste globe-trotteuse , Pratique des Arts (December, 2013)

- Le Hors Série: Tour du Monde de l'Aquarelle Portfolio Asie et Australie , Pratique des Arts (November, 2012)

- ???????????? (Transparent watercolor works and lessons), Graphicsha (November, 2012)

- Awash in Watercolor - meet 10 artists who capture the world in a demanding medium , Southwest Art (April, 2012)

- The American Artist Series (by Gail. M. Weber), Exploring TOSCA, (Winter, 2012)

- Artist's Impression Keiko Tanabe , Destinasian Magazine, (December, 2011)

- Artists Raise $30,000 Online for Japanese Tsunami Survivors (by Byron Kerman), Professional Artist, Volume 25, Number 6 (July/August, 2011)

- Keiko Tanabe , San Diego Talent Magazine, Issue 4 (May, 2011)

- The Way of the World (by Ann Emmert Abbott), Watercolor Artist, F+W Media, Inc. (December, 2010)

- Minimal Means, Maximum Impact (by John A. Parks), American Artist/Watercolor, Interweave Press (Summer, 2009)

- Splash 11: New Directions , North Light Books (June, 2010)

- Splash 10: Passionate Brushstrokes , North Light Books (May, 2008)

- Del Mar Times Arts & Culture, Del Mar Times (May 16, 2008)

- Prism, San Diego Watercolor Society (March, 2008)


- Keiko Tanabe's Incredible Watercolour Journey , Flavours Holidays by Lorne Blyth (May 1, 2015)

- Keiko Tanabe's plein air paintings are anything but plain , San Diego CityBeat by Seth Combs (April 14, 2015)

- Interview with Watercolor Painter Keiko Tanabe , Yelena Casale's Writing Blog by Yelena Casale (January 23, 2015)

- Keiko Tanabe , Informed Collector, FineArtStudioOnline (February 11, 2014)

- Entrevista a Keiko Tanabe Interview with Keiko Tanabe , Women watercolorists by María José Barrera (July 30, 2013)

- Watercolors from Keiko Tanabe teaching a workshop on the Costa Brava , French Escapade by Jackie Grandchamps (May 13, 2013)

- Keiko Tanabe, acuarelas universales , InSevilla (April 29, 2013)

- Artist of the Month - October 2012 Keiko Tanabe , Artmatch4U (October, 2012)

- Encuentro con Keiko , Acuerelas, Óleos y Técnicas Mixtas by María José Barrera Garrido (July 16, 2012)

- Artist Keiko Tanabe , FASO Featured Artists by Carrie Turner, FineArtViews (May 14, 2012)

- Keiko Tanabe , A Devoted Art by Cheryl Devoto, TWS (March 18, 2012)

- Gourmet Veggie Tales - Chino's Farm by Keiko Tanabe , Rancho Santa Fe News (February 20, 2012)

- Keiko Tanabe , Lines and Colors by Charley Parker (September 8, 2011)

- Keiko Tanabe , Informed Collector, FineArtStudioOnline (September 8, 2011)

- ????????? , Jukucho no nikki (Jukucho's Journal) by Kazuo Kasai (August 19, 2011)

- Keiko Tanabe Interview , Art of Watercolors by Sterkhov K. (February 7, 2011)

- Keiko Tanabe Scheduled Workshops , Watercolor Painting by Fernando Pena (February 5, 2011)

- Daily Paintworks Interview , Artists Discuss (Sep-Dec, 2010)

- Watercolor Artist Keiko Tanabe Studio Blog , Artworks of Candor Sudio by Charles Taggart (May 3, 2010)

- Keiko Tanabe , Informed Collector, FineArtStudioOnline (January 28, 2010)

- Keiko Tanabe {Art} (by Janelle Steinberg), {Maison Classique}, J. Steinberg Design (November 19, 2009)

- Fine Art Views Daily Newsletter , FineArtStudioOnline (November 5, 2008; Issue #266)

- artcollector , FineArtStudioOnline (October 3, 2008)

- Keiko Tanabe, Informed Collector, FineArtStudioOnline (May 7, 2008)

RECENT EXHIBITIONS (Selected) For a complete list of past exhibitions, please click here .


- Solo Exhibition, Art Shop Sanat Galerisi, Alaçati, Turkey

- World Watermedia Exposition, Bangkok, Thailand

- International Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition, various cities, China

- Water Views: XXI Century Landscape Watercolorists, various cities, Italy


- Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial, China

- "New Direction" Two-Person Watercolor Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

- 4th Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- Les Aquarellades, Mons, Belgium

- 2013 Juried Biennial, California, U.S.A.


- Solo Exhibition, Izmir Painting and Sculpture Museum, Izmir, Turkey

- 2nd Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Arizona, U.S.A.

- 3rd Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- "Stepping Over the Line" (Group Exhibition of the North American Watercolor Artists), Strathmore Mansion, Maryland, U.S.A.


- National Watercolor Society 2011 91st Annual Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- "Ambiances de France" Solo Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- 3rd Contemporary International Outstanding Watercolor Painters Nomination Exhibition, Hangzhou, China

- Asian Watercolours 2011, Seoul, Korea

- II Bienal Iberoamericana de la Acuarela - Madrid 2011, Madrid, Spain

- Taiwan International Watercolor Exhibition Invitational, Taipei, Taiwan

- 5ème Biennale d'Aquarelle, Brioude, France

- 12ème Biennale du Salon de l'Aquarelle de Belgique, Namur, Belgium

- American Watercolor Society 144th Annual International Exhibition, New York City, U.S.A.

- 2nd Annual Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- 9th Watercolor International Biennial Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico


- 7th International Watercolor Biennial Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar, Chile

- National Watercolor Society 90th Anniversary Annual Exhibition, California, U.S.A.

- II Encuentro de Acuarelistas Hispanoamericanos, Guayaquil, Ecuador

- Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition, Shanghai, China


- 34th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition, California, U.S.A.


- Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Annual Juried Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

- American Academy of Equine Art Fall Open Juried Exhibition, Kentucky, U.S.A.

- Watercolor U.S.A., Missouri, U.S.A.

HONORS & AWARDS (Selected)

- Joan Roche Memorial Award (2015), 6th Signature American Watermedia Exhibition

- SDWS Signature Member's Cash Award & Instructors' Cash Award (2014), San Diego Watercolor Society 34th International Exhibition

- Premio del Público (2014), II Exposición Internacional de Acuarela y Pintura al Agua 2014

- Finalist (2013), November 2013 BoldBrush Painting Competition

- Honorable Mention (2013), Watermedia Showcase Competition, Watercolor Artist Magazine

- People's Choice Award (2013), 2013 Cannon Art Gallery Juried Biennial

- Finalist (2012), April 2012 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition

- Finalist (2012), February 2012 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition

- Benbrook Family Award & People's Choice Award (2011), San Diego Watercolor Society 31st International Exhibition

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2011), July 2011 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2011), June 2011 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition

- Joan Roche Memorial Award (2011), 2011 Signature American Watercolor Exhibition

- Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award (2010), National Watercolor Society 90th Annual Exhibition

- Edward & Gail Rogers Award (2010), San Diego Watercolor Society 30th International Exhibition

- Finalist (2010), 27th Annual Art Competition, The Artist's Magazine

- First Place (2010), Il Encuentro de Acuarelistas Hispanoamericanos, Guayaquil, Ecuador

- First Place (2010), Spa Velia Art Gallery First Juried Art Exhibition

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2010), May 2010 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition

- Third Place (2010), April 2010 FineArtViews BoldBrush Painting Competition

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2010), March 2010 FineArtViews Painting Competition

- Finalist - Outstanding Watercolor (2010), December 2009 FineArtViews Painting Competition

- David Gale Memorial award (Second Place) and People's Choice Award (2009), Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Annual Exhibition

- Da Vinci Paint Award (2009); Atlanta Artists Center Award (2008); Dr. Ph Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor Award (2006), Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition

- Polly Howerton Transparent Watercolor Award (2009), Texas Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

- Best of Show (2008, 2007, 2006); Best Theme Painting Award (2008); Best of Miniatures (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005), San Diego Watercolor Society Juried Member Exhibit

- Sam Black Award for Excellence in Transparent Watercolour (2008), Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour Open Juried Art Exhibition

- First Place in the watercolor category (2008), Affaire in the Gardens Art Show, Beverly Hills, California

- Third Place, Travel Show Award (2008); Winsor & Newton Award, Artist & Craftsman Supply Co. Award, Travel Show Award (2006), Kentucky Watercolor Society National Aqueous USA

- North Light Books Award (2008); Cheap Joe's Art Stuff Award (2007), Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Open Annual International Exhibition

- Honorable Mention (2008), Louisiana Watercolor Society 38th International Exhibition

- Merit Award (2008), Society of Watercolor Artists 27th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

- Merit Award (2008), Watercolor Art Society - Houston 31st Annual International Exhibition

- Second Place (2007), The Richeson 75: Landscape & Exteriors Competition

- Third Place (2007); Honorable Mention (2005), Wyoming Watercolor Society Annual National Exhibition

- Jack Richeson & Co., Inc. Award (2007), Red River Watercolor Society National Watermedia Exhibition

- Grand Prize (2005); Honorable Mention (2006), Learning & Product Expo Juried Art Show

- Third Place and Vernon Council of the Arts Award (2006), Red River Valley Museum National Juried Art Exhibition

- Robert Reynolds Founder's Award (2006), Central Coast Watercolor Society Aquarius Pacific Regional Exhibition

- First Place (2007); Second Place (2006, 2005); Honorable Mention (2008), San Diego County Fair Art Show

- First Place (2007), La Jolla Art Association Open Juried Exhibition of Plein-Air Artwork

- Second Place (2007), Southwestern Artists' Association Annual Juried Art Show

- Juror's Commendation (2007), Brandon Gallery "Small Treasures" Fine Art Show

- Honorable Mention (2007, 2006), Studio Art & Design Open Juried Watermedia Exhibit

- Third Place (2007, 2006), The Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery Annual Fine Arts Show

- Honorable Mention (2007), San Dieguito Art Guild "Small Image: Annual Southern California Art Show"

- First Place (2006), Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League Annual Open Juried Fine Arts Show

- Certificate of Merit (2007), La Jolla Art Association's Annual San Diego County Awards Show


- Ye Qiangyu Art Museum, Tonglu County, Zhejiang, China

- Zhongyung Art Museum, Guilin, China

- Museu de Arte Contemporânea MAC Bahia, Senhor do Bonfim, Brazil

Upcoming Events and Exhibits

Art of the Park, 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015)
Marston House Museum & Gardens, Balboa Park
Reception: ()

Trienal Internacional de la Acuarela 2015
Museo Bolivariano, Santa Marta, Colombia
Reception: 5/20/2015 ()

La Trienal Internacional de la Acuarela es un reconocimiento que cada tres años realiza el Museo Bolivariano de Arte Contemporáneo Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino a esta milenaria técnica, que en cada versión cuenta con la asistencia de artistas, críticos de artes e invitados especiales; agrupadas en cerca de 27 asociaciones de más de 15 países.

Xème Aquarelle Reims Evénement
Conservatoire de la ville de Reims
Reception: ()

2015 Invités: Odette Feller, Roland Palmaerts, Keiko Tanabé Exposition entrée gratuite Démonstration le 11 septembre 2015 à 14h30 entrée payante Email: contact@aquarellereimsevenement.com

14ème Festival "Couleur Automne 2015"
Orleat, France
Reception: 9/18/2015 (19h)

Entrée gratuite de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 19h. Contact: Association SLO – «Couleur Automne» 14, allée des Rossignols 63190 ORLEAT Tél : 06 95 29 12 08 – Mail : bernardvilletorte10@orange.fr

Upcoming Workshops

Watercolor Workshop in Vancouver(695)


We will paint in a beautiful studio and en plein air, the weather permitting, in North Vancouver.


Please contact Janice Blore for more about the workshop, hotels and any other information on the area.

Janice Blore(janiceblore@gmail.com)

Curso de Acuarela(0)
Museo Nacional de la Acuarela Alfredo Guati Rojo

Sociedad de Amigos del Museo de la Acuarela(acuarelamex@yahoo.com.mx (or @terrea.com.mx))

Stage Aquarelle(0)
Le Teich, Aquitaine, France

Pour toutes les informations, cliquez ici (Attention: nouvelles dates 19-20-21-22 août)


Vous pouvez contacter: l'organizateur de l'association.

Marie Labille()

France Painting Holiday at Bandouille(0)
Bandouille, 79350 Chiche, France

Price: £995 (British pounds)

includes expert tutoring, full board ensuite accommodation, some materials, full use of studio, trips out to plein air locations.

Bix Nash(info@francepaintingholiday.co.uk)

Capter la lumière et l’atmosphère en aquarelle(0)
Bezannes, France

• Cet atelier est destiné aux stagiaires qui aimeraient gagner une meilleure compréhension des méthodes et techniques pour créer une aquarelle emplie de lumière et d'atmosphère.
• Nous commencerons avec les fondamentaux et discuterons sur l'importance d'un bon dessin, la compréhension des valeurs tonales, la variété des techniques d'application de peinture et de maniement du pinceau, comment simplifier une scène complexe, etc.
• Nous peindrons chaque jour différents sujets, en plein air si le temps le permet, et essaierons différentes approches pour découvrir ce qui est efficace pour créer le type d'atmosphère que nous désirons.
• Keiko fera chaque jour une ou deux démonstrations.  Il y aura des phases quotidiennes de conseils individuels et de questions-réponses.
• Un bilan critique sera fait par les stagiaires à la fin de l'atelier.

Lieu: Foyer social et culturel  Espace de Bezannes (dans le même bâtiment que la nouvelle Mairie)
1, rue Source de Muire

samedi 12 Septembre 2015 de 13 h à 18 h
dimanche 13 Septembre 2015 de 9 h 30 à 16 h 30   cafe (pause d’1 h le midi)

Prix : 140 € les 2 jours

Renseignements complémentaires, veuillez contacter par email :colette.chaumet@pinceauxpassion.com

Pinceaux Passion(colette.chaumet@pinceauxpassion.com)

Watercolor Workshop in Tuscany, Italy(0)
The Watermill at Posara

A special Tuscan painting adventure!  A unique 10-day holiday: three days in glorious Florence, Italy, birthplace on the Renaissance (Wednesday 30 September to Saturday 3 October) , PLUS a week-long painting workshop in the Tuscany countryside (Saturday 3 October to Saturday 10 October; five full days of instruction).

* Workshop dates: Wednesday 30 September to Saturday 10 October,


* Location: Florence Tuscany, Italy and The Watermill at Posara, Fivizzano (Italy)


Experience Florence as you've never done before in a unique three-day cultural and artistic tour.  You’ll stay in an historic hotel in a Renaissance square, and your exclusive professional guide, Freya Middleton, will take you to the best museums and sights -- and also show you parts of the glorious city which are less familiar – and Keiko will show you how to see the sights with an artist’s eye.


Then it’s on to the peaceful surroundings of The Watermill at Posara for a week’s painting workshop with Keiko.  You could find few better places to enjoy your art and improve your skills than the beautiful historic watermill, beside the curving banks of a river in a gentle, wooded valley. This is your base for forays into nearby unspoilt Tuscany, visiting castles, convents, medieval towns and hilltop villages. You’ll stay in stylish bedrooms in elegant buildings around the sunlit courtyard. The mill’s gardens, secluded millstream paths and riverside walks are all yours to enjoy, and you’ll savour mouth-watering authentic Italian cooking.


See the flyer.


*Special Early Bird offer: Book before 31 December 2014 for a £ (GBP) 75 discount.

Bill & Lois Breckon(info@watermill.net; lois@medialliance.net)

Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop(0)
Northeast Art Workshops & Retreats LLC

Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques create paintings with strong impact.  The goal is to capture the essence of the subject through the simplification process.  The ability to do so and quicky is especially useful when painting en plein air.


The process of simplification begins with visualization.  In representational art, this ability to see the result of a painting is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision.  Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko shows how you can take the initial inspiration through the simplification process to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. 


Seeing things with an artist’s eye:  include  the  preliminary drawing, editing a complex subject, what makes a good design, relationship of tonal values and colors, and a variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling.  We will paint different subject(s) every day, en plein-air weather permitting .  Each day there will be an exercise which will then be applied to a painting later in the day.  Keiko will do two demonstrations a day.  There will be plenty of one-on-one guidance and a question-and-answer session on a daily basis.  A constructive class critique will be conducted at the end of each day.  


Kat Masella(info@northeastworkshopretreats.com)

Capturing Light and Atmosphere of Landscape(0)
Minnesota Watercolor Society (MNWS)

Dates: October 22-25, 2015 from 9am to 4pm Thurs-Sat and Sun 12-5p at the Ames Center in Burnsville

Cost: $360 Members, $395 for Non-Members


This workshop is designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to capture light and atmosphere of the subject. Through various exercises and step-by-step demonstrations, Keiko will show you how to take the initial inspiration through the simplification process to an expressive painting that is strong in composition and content. Subject matters include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior composition, which will be demonstrated in a manner that is more representational and impressionistic rather than abstract.

Mary Axelson, Clare Ritter, MNWS Workshop Chairs()

Watercolor Workshop with Keiko Tanabe(350)
Willowbrush Studio + Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hours: 9am-4pm

Rachel Wimpey(info@willowbrushgallery.com; wimpeyr@gmail.com)

Watercolor West & Brea Art Gallery Demo Series(0)
City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California, USA

10am - 3pm (registration required)


For registration, please see the flyer and fill in the form.  (Click on the link)




Brea Community Center Registration()

Watercolor Workshop - Keep It Simple and Strong(0)
Center for the Arts Bonita Spring, Florida

* This is a studio (indoor) workshop.

* Demonstration: Sunday, January 3, 2016 

* I will also teach a 3-day plein-air (outdoor) workshop: January 8-10, 2016.



Center for Visual Arts

26100 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Center for Performing Arts

10150 Bonita Beach Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Tel 239 495 8989

Website www.artcenterbonita.org



Donna Delseni, Adult Education Director(education@artinusa.com)

Plein-Air Watercolor with Keiko Tanabe(0)
Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, Florida

* We will be painting in and around Bonita Springs, southwest Florida.

* Demonstration: Sunday, January 3, 2016

* I will also teach a 4-day studio (indoor) workshop, January 4-7, 2016.



Center for Visual Arts

26100 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


Center for Performing Arts

10150 Bonita Beach Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Tel 239 495 8989

Website www.artcenterbonita.org



Donna Delseni, Adult Education Director(education@artinusa.com)

Stage Aquarelle avec Keiko Tanabe(0)
Mons, Belgium

Contact the organizer for registration.

Fabienne Crepeele()

Watercolor Workshop (Studio)(0)
Folsom, California

More information coming soon.

Barbara Otey(barbotey@comcast.net)

Watercolor Workshop (Studio)(0)
Catalyst, Westminter, California

More information coming soon.

Rebecca Giesking(rebecca@artsupplywarehouse.com)

Kanuga Watermedia Workshop(0)
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA

More information coming soon.

Robbie Laird(Robbie@Kanugaww.com)

Watercolor Painting Workshop in Suzhou, China(0)
Various locations, Suzhou, China

This workshop is a unique and rare opportunity to paint en plein air (outdoor) in and around Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.  Particularly known for its criss-crossing canals and classical gardens, Suzhou has many sites with natural beauty and historical significance, several of which we will have a chance to visit and paint.  It is said that, if Shanghai represents the future of China, Suzhou is where one can experience the nation's past and present between sipping green tea and munching on rice cakes.  The waterside city's history dates back 2,500 years to the Spring and Autumn Period and is often dubbed the "Venice of the East."


Registration is now open.  To obtain all the details and a registration form, click here (4 pages pdf).


Deadline for registration is January 1, 2016.  Some information available online in Chinese here.


Price for Artist: US$3,100.  Price for Non-Artist: US$2,900.  Single Supplement: US$400.


[Schedule] - subject to change


Friday April 15 - Transfer from Shanghai to Suzhou (Ming Gallery will arrange 3 trips from Shanghai to Suzhou, 2.5 hours away)


Saturday April 16 - Han Shan Temple & Tie Ling Pass/Feng Qiao Maple Bridge (lunch, dinner)


Sunday April 17 - Tiger Wetland Park (lunch: Chinese, dinner: wetland farmer's cuisine)


Monday April 18 - Lake Tai/West Hill & Shi Gong Shan, possibly sunset viewing (lunch: village cuisine, dinner)


Tuesday April 19 - Tiger Hill Scenic Park & an evening stroll on Shan Tong Street (lunch: picnic, dinner at Song He Lu)


Wednesday April 20 - Zhou Zhuang water village (UNESCO World Heritage site) (lunch, dinner)


Thursday April 21 - Suzhou Museum & Humble Administrator's Garden (lunch, dinner)


Friday April 22 - Lotus Garden & Ping Jiang Trail (lunch, dinner)


Saturday April 23 - Li Gong Di & Jinji Lake (lunch, dinner)


Sunday April 24 - Silk Embroidery Museum & Tai Lake National Wetland (village lunch at Lake Tai, dinner)


Monday April 25 - Departure to Shanghai for return flights



Click here to see more details of this workshop & tour.



Keiko Tanabe(ktanabeart@gmail.com)

Stage Aquarelle avec Keiko Tanabe(0)
Libin, Belgium

More information coming soon.


Micheline Hayez(michelinehayez@msn.com)

Watercolor Painting Workshop in Croatia(0)
Island of Korcula, Croatia

If you are considering a painting holiday in Croatia, tours with Slikamilina are second to none (Here are reasons why).  I am happy to teach watercolor in 2016 on a tour organized by Lynda Milina.


  In Cavtat, Croatia with Lynda


Last registration date: March 21, 2016


For more information, contact Slikamilina Painting & Photography.


To reserve a spot on my painting course, go to registration page.

Lynda Milina(contact@slikamilina.ca)

Painting New England Landscape in Watercolor(0)
Northeast Art Workshop Retreats LLC

More information coming soon.

Kat Masella(info@northeastartworkshops.com)

Watercolor Workshop - Keep It Simple and Strong(0)
Madeline Island School of the Arts, Wisconsin, USA

Jenna J. Erickson, Director of Programs(misa@cheqnet.net)

Painting Workshop to Tuscany, Italy(3390)
various locations

Price: US $3,390


  • Florence airport pick up and drop off
  • A welcome reception
  • All nights at the hotel
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and all dinners (incl. drinks and wine)
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • A personal bilingual chauffeur/guide throughout the week
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Flights to and from Florence
  • 5 lunches
  • Personal expenses and tipping

Jackie Grandchamps, French Escapade(contact@frenchescapade.com)

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