Looking Forward to Gary Tucker’s Watercolor Demonstration

Join us for an afternoon of learning under the instruction of Gary Tucker, a new member to the Copley Society of Art. He will be holding an instructional demonstration in the art of painting in watercolor at Co|So on Sunday, February 12th from 1-3. In this demonstration, Tucker will create and explain the techniques involved to create a sense of Boston’s current wintery inclement weather within a scene of watercolor painting.

Tucker started drawing and painting at an early age, studying in Santa Fe, Colorado, and finally arrived in Boston to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. It was there that he started to train in calligraphy and Sumi painting under Japanese artist, Kaji Aso. Tucker now teaches classes at the Kaji Aso Studio in Boston’s Fenway area. 

Brewers Fountain, watercolor, currently on display in the Upper Gallery as part of New Members Show 2017

Gary Tucker’s work focuses mostly within the genre of landscapes and cityscapes of Boston and New England. He is drawn to watercolor as a medium due to its performative aspect, allowing him to capture a sense of movement and the spirit of the scene through the transparency of the paint and the way it picks up the subtlety of his expressive marks.  Many of his works reflect the style and subject matter of his influences: The Impressionists, J. M. W. Turner, as well as Chinese and Japanese Zen painters. Like the Impressionists, Tucker captures a moment in a very sophisticated manner within his choice of setting. The range of transparency from subtle to opaque, developing depth within his color, channels similar ideas that can be found within Asian ink drawings and Zen paintings.

Rainy Day, Copley Square, watercolor

As a plein air artist in Boston, Tucker must be able to capture the snowy and chilly rainy days that occur in these winter months of the year. In this demonstration he will guide viewers through the steps and techniques that he uses to create the illusion of Boston’s inclement weather within the challenging medium of watercolor.

Remember to drop by on Sunday, February 12th from 1-3 to experience a master at work in the incredible technique of watercolor and view our other current exhibitions in the upper and lower galleries.

By Courtney DiPasquale