Education – Abstracted Architecture in Watercolour

with Sterling Edwards, CSPWC
A live-streamed ONLINE watercolour demonstration

An ONLINE watercolour demonstration streamed live on Zoom

May 4, 2023, 7 pm Eastern

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

Abstracted Architecture in Watercolour – A live ONLINE demonstration with Sterling Edwards, CSPWC

Be inspired by this demonstration of an exciting approach to painting architecture by Sterling Edwards, CSPWC.   Sterling will share his unique and expressive style of painting. Learn how he designs his paintings with expressive colours and strong shifts of value to create a sense of movement. Watch him overlap positive and negative shapes to suggest depth, dimension and drama.

Sterling describes his demonstration:

“I intend to show a wide variety of watercolor techniques including negative painting, glazing, using unusual color mixes, overlapping shapes, expressive brushwork using large stiff bristle brushes and more. In addition I will explain and demonstrate how to create a strong composition and distort shapes to create movement and depth. The end result is to paint a colourful and stylized painting of buildings that is a unique and eye-catching piece of art.”

Are you wondering “What is a stylized painting?”

Put simply it is a painting of something that is easily recognizable but has an abstract element. Unlike abstract expressionism, which is non-objective art, a stylized painting is both an abstract and a representational painting combined into one piece of art.

In Sterling’s words “It’s an abstract painting that I can hang my hat on”.

Sterling Edwards is world renowned for his expressive and thought provoking stylized watercolor paintings. He often refers to his stylized pieces as his signature style of painting. It allows him the freedom to create something that is unique and interpretive. His paintings bridge the gap between traditional design and something more contemplative with a slight abstraction.  Each painting is a somewhat spontaneous venture that is designed to entertain the viewers’ imaginations and show them something that they would never see without being shown by the artist.

Let this demonstration help you get into the flow of expressive watercolour painting and put some pizzazz in your work.

Sign up now so you don’t miss out on this great event! We will send you reminders two days before and the day of.

(Note to members and associates: please proceed to the second page of the checkout to enter your promo code. Didn’t get a promo code? Email for help.)

Watercolour painting of abstracted buildings on stilts
Can’t Believe It’s Still Standing, watercolour, 22×30, Sterling Edwards, CSPWC

A recording of the demonstration will be available for paid ticket-holders to review at their leisure, up until June 18, 2023. 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:

These are the supplies that Sterling will be using during the demonstration:

He will be painting a on full sheet (22” x 30”) watercolor on a piece of Fabriano Artistico Bright White 300lb cold pressed paper mounted to a painting board with masking tape. He will use Holbein Watercolors and also several large stiff bristle multi-media brushes.

Download Sterling’s full materials list by clicking here.

You will need a robust internet connection to watch this demonstration. Also, it will help to download Zoom on your device (free version of Zoom is fine). Please update your Zoom to the latest version. However, if you have not downloaded Zoom you can still watch the demonstration in your browser instead: simply click the link that will be emailed to you in advance of the event.

Watercolour painting of abstracted city buildings in shades of blue, orange and grey
Sterling Edwards, CSPWC

About Sterling Edwards, CSPWC, TWSA, WPA, NWS

Sterling Edwards is a contemporary watermedia artist, teacher, author, and art juror who is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a resident of North Carolina since 1973. Following a twenty-year career as a law enforcement officer and a firefighter, he made a commitment in 1993 to pursue his passion for art and begin a second career as a visual artist. Sterling has been studying art since the age of twelve, and although self taught, has developed a unique and expressive style of painting that has gained international recognition and the respect of his peers, students, and art collectors.

Most of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that personify his intuitive and creative sense of design and colour, ranging from abstract expressionism to traditional. He is a sought-after international workshop instructor and is often selected to jury national and international art competitions. Sterling is also the designer of a signature line of multi-media paint brushes and a watercolour palette that are marketed internationally through his website store, painting workshops, and retail art supply stores. 

photo of artist Sterling Edwards

Sterling has been featured in “Watercolor Magic Magazine’s”, “Ones to Watch”, in “Watercolor Artist Magazine”, and in “The New Palette Magazine”. In 2007, he was awarded a signature membership in the CSPWC. In 2010, Sterling was awarded a signature membership in the esteemed Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA). He is the author of the best selling North Light book, “Creating Luminous Watercolor Landscapes, a Four Step Process”. Furthermore, he is a featured artist in numerous other books by various national and international publishers including “Best of America Watermedia”, by Kennedy Publishing and “Masters of Watercolor”, written by Russian artist and author, Konstantin Sterkhov in 2015. 

Sterling was honored in 2013 to have been invited into the International Watercolor Society (IWS), which is headquartered in Teos, Turkey. He was awarded the designation of a “Bonafide” Whiskey Painter in 2015 and was bestowed with a lifetime signature membership in the internationally renowned Whiskey Painters of America (WPA), the most unique and exclusive miniature painting society in the world with a membership that is strictly limited to 150 artists worldwide. In 2016 Sterling was approved as a subject of biographical record in the Marquis Who’s Who in America.

In 2017 he was awarded signature membership status in the revered National Watercolor Society (NWS). Today Sterling’s book, signature line of products, artist workshops, and instructional videos are enjoyed by thousands of artists worldwide. His award winning watermedia paintings are in numerous national and international private and corporate collections. Sterling works from his home studio in Lewisville, North Carolina.

Here’s one last example of Sterling’s stunning watercolours. Sign up now, don’t miss out!

Watercolour painting of abstracted old farm buildings in shades of muted yellow, green and grey
Sterling Edwards, CSPWC