Capturing Gesture and Grace: A Figure in Watercolour

Poster for a Figure in Watercolour, an online live watercolour demonstration by Michael Solovyev

with Michael Solovyev, CSPWC

An ONLINE watercolour demonstration streamed live on Zoom

February 15, 2024, 7 pm Eastern

CSPWC Members and Associates $20, Non-members $25

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Painting people in motion with watercolour is both intriguing and exciting! The human figure is one of the most compelling subjects we can paint. Yet, capturing gestures and the suggestion of motion on a sheet of paper is challenging. This is where Micheal steps in to help us by sharing his tips and rules for success in painting the figure.

Michael will break down the basics, showing you how to create the illusion of movement. During the demonstration he will focus on techniques and tips to add dynamics to your watercolor. He will work through a step-by-step project, and even despite the detailing, he will show how he retains the lightness and transparency inherent in sketches.

Watercolour painting of a seated ballerina.  She is leaning forward, she is perched on her seat, with her toes pointed.
Watercolour by Michael Solovyev, CSPWC

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Watercolour painting of a ballerina.  She has her back to the viewer and is mid step, with her left arm gracefully arched over her head
Watercolour by Michael Solovyev, CSPWC

A recording of the demonstration will be available to paid ticket-holders for a 6 week period, up until March 28, 2024. You must buy your ticket in advance of the demonstration to be able to access the recording.

Please note this demonstration starts at 7:00 pm Eastern time and will run for approximately 2 hours.  If you live in another time zone, please adjust your time accordingly. 

Equipment needed for the workshop:

Download Michael’s full materials list by clicking HERE.

You will need a robust internet connection to watch this demonstration.

About Michael Solovyev, CSPWC,

Michael is often called a “sunny watercolorist” – his airy, transparent artworks look as though they emit the sunlight. His traditional academic art education, extensive experience as a head theater stage designer, and oil painter career now inform his priority as a watercolour artist – light. His main belief is that sometimes even a pile of rubbish with beautiful lighting can become an artwork. Michael is a watercolour artist of great renown, with exhibitions and workshops all over the world, from Bolivia to France to Australia.

First and foremost, Michael is a head theater stage designer, where he started his career and made more than 50 plays before his move to Canada. The idea of theater art is still with him – that is where his understanding of visual arts originates from. In theater, everything is different – the main part is the light and how subjects present in it, and not the subjects in themselves. He was responsible for light, sets, furniture, costumes, props, and makeup – all the visual aspects, from A to Z, that the audience can see when they go to the theater.

Watercolour is the most interesting medium to Michael because it is the only material where he is not solely responsible for the creative process. The water does most of the work. Rather than working alone, he forms a partnership with it. Watercolour is exactly like theater – a collective co-creation of actors, directors, composers, lighting techs, artists working in unison. It makes the process of co-creation truly interesting. In all other branches of visual arts, this element is missing. Watercolour is the only medium that exists in time, where materials permeate one another, and it makes the process feel alive.

That is what attracts Michael in watercolour. That is why, after receiving a traditional academic art education with oil painting in its core he ended up switching to watercolour, since it is the only medium allowing co-creation and bringing an element of adrenaline and life to the process of the artwork creation. Willingness to experiment and create led Michael to design his own line of watercolour materials and release a series of watercolour video lessons, available on his website,

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Watercolour by Michael Solovyev, CSPWC
watercolour by Michael Solovyev, CSPWC