Education – Stylized Florals

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

Stylized Florals- A watercolour demonstration with Sterling Edwards, CSPWC

An ONLINE watercolour demonstration streamed live on Zoom

June 20, 2022, 8 pm Eastern

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

Please note this demonstration starts at 8:00 pm Eastern time and will run for approximately 2 hours.  If you live in another time zone, please adjust your time accordingly. 

A recording of the demonstration will be available for paid ticket-holders to review at their leisure, up until July 18, 2022.

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Be inspired by this demonstration of an exciting approach to painting flowers by Sterling Edwards, CSPWC, just in time for summer.   Sterling will share his unique and expressive style of painting which reveals the joyous energy springing forth when flowers burst into bloom.  Learn how he designs his paintings to have movement, expressive colors, strong shifts of values in selected places to create drama and overlapping positive and negative shapes to suggest depth and dimension.

Sterling describes his demonstration:

The painting will be a loose and semi-abstracted watercolor floral with an emphasis on creating overlapping negative shapes. My goal is to create a painting that is colorful, expressive, and different than the typical floral painting. So, I do not intend to do a portrait of a flower but rather an expressive semi-abstract painting in which you will see enough botanical elements to interpret that the piece is a floral but with a minimum of actual detail.

This style of painting is what I often call my signature style and can be a means of painting just about everything. It’s a step outside of the box.”

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 other 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 because it allows him the freedom to create something that is unique and interpretive that bridges the gap between those who like more traditional design and those who want something more contemplative with a slight abstraction.  Each painting is a somewhat spontaneous venture that is designed to entertain the viewers imagination 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.

watercolour painting of orange poppy blossoms
Clustered, watercolour, 22x 30″ , Sterling Edwards, CSPWC

Equipment needed for the workshop:

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

He will be painting a 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 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. If you have not downloaded Zoom you can still watch the demonstration in your browser: simply click the link that will be emailed to you in advance of the event.

Spring Freshness, watercolour, 22×30″, 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.

ost of Sterling’s paintings are interpretive statements that personify his intuitive and creative sense of design and color, 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 watercolor 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 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), an international transparent watercolor society based in Toronto, Canada. 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”, and 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. 

In 2013, Sterling was honored to have been invited into the International Watercolor Society (IWS), which is headquartered in Teos, Turkey. In 2015 he was awarded the designation of a “Bonafide” Whiskey Painter and 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 employed 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.

See more samples of Sterling’s stunning watercolours:

watercolour painting of sunflowers
Colleagues, watercolour, 15×22″, by Sterling Edwards, CSPWC