Spring Workshop with Keiko Tanabe was full!


The Virtual Spring Watercolor Workshop was held at home via ZOOM Monday, May 17 – Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. I twas full, fun and inspiring. 

  Thank you all who attended. It was awesome!  

Here’s more about it as included in the Keiko Tanabe Workshop Registration Form .

This was one of Keiko’s Day 1 Demonstrations. Completed in 30 minutes!!!


Keiko Tanabe, AWS, NWS, often works en plein air. Her atmospheric watercolors perfectly capture a sense of time and place. Keiko’s definitive color, textures, and signature brushwork beautifully convey both the exotic and simple scenes of the many places she travels. Keiko grew up in an art loving family in Kyoto, Japan and won many art awards as a child. Although Keiko never attended art school, in her heart she desired to be an artist. After taking only one drawing class to learn basic technical skills, she fervently began painting in 2005.

One year later while attending a local community school in San Diego to learn basic drawing and watercolor painting skills, Keiko decided to paint full-time. From then on, she intensely taught herself to be fluent in watercolor painting, just as one would do to master a foreign language. Her subjects include landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior scenes, which will be demonstrated in the workshop using representational and impressionistic compositions. Keiko has successfully completed more than 300 workshops and numerous live demonstrations around the world. Four DVDs and several books of her art have been featured in many art magazines. Learn more about the artist here:  https://www.ktanabefineart.com


  • Designed for those who would like to gain a better understanding of methods and techniques to make a watercolor painting that is simple yet strong, Our goal is to capture the essence of the subject, which conveys a certain mood and atmosphere. The process of simplification begins with visualization. In representational art, the ability to see the end result of a painting through the mind’s eye, is instrumental in realizing an artist’s vision.
  • Using sketches 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. There will be an active question-and-answer session and a critique on a daily basis, which will reemphasize techniques.
  • Topics covered in this workshop include: Preliminary drawing and composition, variety of techniques in paint application and brush handling, what makes a good design (color, shape, value, edge), dark & light, planning & intuition, and how to edit complex visual information.