David Savellano Demonstrates Plein Air Watercolor Painting – July 14

David Savellano will demonstrate plein air watercolor painting at the monthly El Cerrito Art Association meeting at 7:00 pm on July 14 at the El Cerrito Community Center.

David’s demonstration will cover plein air equipment, composition, adding figures, and David’s step-by-step painting technique. Attendees will be able to take photos of the painting at various stages of completion.

A native Californian, David Savellano is an artist who works primarily en plein air (outdoors), creating watercolor paintings that capture random moments — on the street, in nature, and wherever else his portable easel takes him. “I enjoy working outdoors because it’s unpredictable and lends itself to a kind of spontaneity you just can’t get in a studio,” he says, “When you paint outdoors, you’re completely immersed in the scene — the atmosphere, the mood.”

Although largely self-taught as a watercolor painter, he credits his 30 years as a practicing architect with having given him the drawing skills and strong sense of perspective that have elevated his artwork to a professional level. As his many students will attest, he is also a very skillful and inspirational teacher with a very accessible approach to plein air painting. His website www.davidsavellano.com contains information about upcoming workshops, events, and the June 2015 workshop at La Romita in Italy.

The July 14 meeting will be held in the Garden Room of the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. The evening begins at 7:00 pm with social time and a “mini art show” of members’ work. A brief business meeting is held at 7:30, followed by the speaker.

El Cerrito Art Association meetings are open to the public, and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information about this program, contact Barbara Daniell at 510-277-6996 or bdaniell1943@gmail.com. For more information about the Association, see www.elcerritoart.org. The Community Center is handicapped-accessible.