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Focal Point: Keiko Tanabe

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

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Painting in Mexico
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Painting in Mexico
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6th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition
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Welcome 2015!
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NAWA Returns to Mexico City
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Dinard, French Landscape Paintings
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Il fait toujours beau en Bretagne! no.II
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Il fait toujours beau en Bretagne! no. I
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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


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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Copyright ©2015 Keiko Tanabe All Rights Reserved.


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


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

- Artists & Illustrators (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)


- 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

- 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: ()

Fabriano in Acquarello
Fabriano, Italy
Reception: 4/23/2015 ()

info@in artefabriano.it cell 3483890843 InArte Via Berti 9 60044 FABRIANO AN

Printemps des Aquarelles 2015
Centre Culturel de Libramont
Reception: ()

70th Anniversary: 21st Century Watercolor, A Vision of Future
Agrupacion de Acuarelistas Vascos
Reception: ()

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)

Upcoming Workshops

Watercolor Workshop in Osaka & Kyoto(0)
NHK Cultural Center, Japan


テーマ: 水彩風景画の基礎から応用へ





講座受付開始:2月2日 午前9:30 より (予約はウェブサイト、電話・窓口から出来ます)

Registration will open at 9:30am on February 2 (Japan Time).









NHK文化センター 梅田教室 木下由紀子
530-0017 大阪市北区角田町8-1 梅田阪急ビルオフィスタワー17
Tel: 06-6367-0880 Fax06-6367-0881

URL: http://www.nhk-cul.co.jp/school/umeda/


NHK文化センター京都教室 鍬田枝里

〒600-8006 京都市下京区四条通柳馬場西入ル立売中之町99四条SETビル3F

Tel:075-254-8701 Fax: 075-254-8625





Y. Kinoshita (Osaka), E. Kuwata (Kyoto)()

Watercolor Workshop in Kyoto, Japan(0)
Several locations in Kyoto, Japan

JAPAN, exotic, traditional, wondrous sights, aromas and surprises: We will stay entirely in Kyoto because we will find all the elements we would want to paint, while in Japan.  We will be showing you some main cultural sites in Kyoto and take you to the famous street of the geishas.  They will surely yield many painting opportunities and inspirations.

One day we will take a trip to the unusual, small, harbor village of Ine, where  picturesque landscape/waterscape will be just a step away - ready for us to paint any time we want.  We also may have time to visit Miyama.  Both are among the most beautiful villages of Japan.  Miyama has many traditional, thatched-roof houses surrounded by rural landscapes.  These houses are so rare nowadays and can be seen in only a few spots in Japan.  Visit this link for price information.

We will only take 13 others besides our instructor, Keiko Tanabe, and Johanna Morrell, the director.  If you get your name on the list now, you will have the opportunity of coming with us.  We're asking for a refundable $500 now, to hold your place.  If the final price, dates, or circumstances need you to cancel, you will get the whole deposit returned.  This will be amended when it is announced in the Flying Colors Art Workshops yearly brochure, which will come out in May of 2014.

Gate 1 Travel will facilitate our air, hotel, and ground transportation.  For those who may want to see more of Japan, they will put together an optional trip for visiting other towns and cultural sites.  See the itinerary.


For more information, please contact Flying Colors Art Workshops:
Johanna Morrell, Owner

Website: http://www.flyingcolorsart.com/
Address: 320 South Gaylord Street, Denver, Colorado 80209 U.S.A.
Office Hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday - Thursday (Colorado/Mountain Time)
Closed all Fridays, Weekends and Holidays (To contact us on off days, email is best)


Johanna Morrell, Flying Colors Art Workshops(FlyingColorsArt@me.com)

Watercolor Demonstration(0)
Leisure World, Seal Beach, California

More information coming soon.

Sharon Hamilton, Program Director()

Stage Aquarelle(0)


Printemps des Aquarelles 2015 - Invité(e) d'honneur: KEIKO TANABE, une artiste japonaise qui assurera un stage d'un jour le 14 mai, jour du vernissage, mais qu'elle fera suivre ce stage d'un autre de 2 jours les 15 et 16 mai, pour approfondir son enseignement (sa technique).


Pour plus d'infos, Renseignez-vous auprès de l'ASBL


Contact : E-mail :lacouleuretleau@gmail.com



Guy Gilquin(lacouleuretleau@gmail.com)

Curso de Acuarela(0)
BCM Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

10-14 h & 16-20 h

Cinta Agell & Montse Bosch Cavedo(artnougrup@gmail.com; bcmartgallery@hotmail.com)

Curso de Acuarela(0)
Agrupacion de Acuarelistas Vascos

Una de las actividades programadas para la celebración del 70 aniversario de la Agrupación es un curso internacional que será impartido por KEIKO TANABE.

El curso se desarrollará el día 22 (viernes) y el 23 (sábado) de mayo y podrá impartirse tanto en el interior como al aire libre (dependiendo de la climatología).

Características del curso:
-6 horas diarias con 2 demostraciones de la artista incluidas.

Para reserva de plaza y más información: euskalakuarela@gmail.com


Watercolor Workshop in Portugal(0)
Mafra, Portugal

INVENT’ARTE, the Portuguese Association of Watercolor is developing a Holiday Painting Watercolor Experience in Lisbon (Portugal), not far from the capital centre.  It will take place at "Quinta do Freixo," a small farm located at the heart of a privileged Natural Protected Area (Mafra).  This natural environment allows both artists and art lovers to create freely and in perfect contact with nature.


É na Quinta do Freixo, situada em plena Reserva Ecológica do Concelho de Mafra e a apenas 25 Km de Lisboa, que Keiko Tanabe sediará o seu atelier.  Se o tempo o permitir, muitas saídas se adivinham!

Para Programa Internacional completo, incluindo alojamento, meia pensão e primeiro dia de formação com Carlos Santos Marques, consultar http://paintingholidaysinportugal.blogspot.pt/

Preço especial para portugueses, só workshop com Keiko Tanabe: 380€
(possibilidade de fazer piquenique no local, aquecer refeições, restaurante e cafetaria a cerca de 1Km)

Ler mais: http://www.inventartecolinas.com/programacao/



Carlos Santos Marques(inventartecolinas@gmail.com)

France Painting Holiday at Bandouille(0)
Bandouille, 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)

Painting Watercolor in Provence(0)


This is my second painting tour with French Escapade.  My first one in Spain in 2013 (Costa Brava and Barcelona) was a lot of fun and I expect this one will be just as fun and special!


See the flyer.


Rates include:

  • Avignon TGV train station pick up at 3pm and drop off at 10am
  • A welcome reception
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches (picnics) and 4 dinners (incl. drinks and wine)
  • All nights at the villa-hotel
  • All art classes
  • Entrance fees to all sites on the tour
  • Transportation in a comfortable van with A/C
  • A personal bilingual chauffeur/guide throughout the week
  • A free Paris planner for a self guided visit in Paris: suggestions of hotels, restaurants and places to visit
  • Flights to and from France
  • Trains to/from Avignon
  • Three dinners and three lunches
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses and tipping


Contact: Jackie Grandchamps, Ph.D. of French Escapade
Tel.  (int) 1 510 483 5713

Email: contact@frenchescapade.com

Web site: www.frenchescapade.com
Blog: www.traveltofranceandmore.com

Jackie Grandchamps(contact@frenchescapade.com)

Watercolor Workshop - Keep It Simple and Strong(0)
The ArtsBox, Vicenza, Italy

Isabella Rizzato(info@theartsbox.com)

Stage Résidentiel d’Aquarelle avec Keiko Tanabé(0)
Rosnay, France

All-inclusive workshop at the Domaine de la Crapaudine in Rosnay, France in the heart of the Parc Naturel Regional de Brenne.



For more information (in French and English), please click here.


To register, please fill in the form here / Pour l'inscription, cliquez ici.


To see how to get there, please click here.

Marie-Christine Lalange(lala48mc@orange.fr)

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)

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)

Watercolor Workshop(0)
Northeast Art Workshops & Retreats LLC

More information coming soon.

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 2015 Seminar(0)


More information coming soon.


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 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)

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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