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The objective of the workshop is to show the wide range and flexibility of watercolour as a medium, and to guide all participants in developing loose and spontaneous techniques, enhancing their own personal intuitive approach.

Artist Statement

Fábio Cembranelli is a world-renowned Brazilian artist who lives and works in São Paulo. He started painting while he was studying architecture at university. After graduating, he took drawing, sculpture and photography courses in his home town of São Paolo, and continued his studies in Europe and the US during the 90s. His paintings feature in exhibitions and collections worldwide.

Fabio currently works in two artistic fields: watercolours and acrylics, and his unique and luminous floral watercolours are known internationally.

He is also a regular contributor to various painting magazines and also works as an illustrator for some publishers in South America

What compels me to paint with this approach is the possibility of painting quickly. It suits my personality best — the fluidity of the medium provides a unique sensation of unexpected colour mixing, particularly when I define only the main masses and allow the unpredictable to happen on the rest of the paper. Timing is quite important in my method. I lean intuitively toward realism, but the right speed forces me to create diffused effects and shapes. I love painting flowers and landscapes in watercolour and I’m always enchanted by the attempt to capture the contrast between loose and definitive edges, as well as light and shadow effects.

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The Workshop

Fabio’s Ottawa workshop will demonstrate how to capture the essence of the subject using loose and spontaneous watercolour techniques. Fabio will guide participants on:

  • wet on wet techniques;
  • watercolour painting on damp paper;
  • the importance of white paper: how to save or restore it;
  • composition rules: how to enhance the focal point;
  • how to work fast and capture the essential;
  • how to capture the freshness and beauty of the flowers;
  • light and shadow effects on windows, doors, gates and balconies;
  • landscapes: flowers fields, skies and water reflections.

Fabio’s Supply List

Terms & Conditions

Kanata Art Club reserves the right to cancel a workshop where there is insufficient registration. You will be notified and issued a full refund (by cheque or e-transfer).

To withdraw prior to the start date, please contact the registrar at: A cheque (or e-transfer) for a full refund less an administrative fee of $25.00 will be issued if a written request is received on or before January 15th, 2024. There will be no refunds issued beyond January 15th, unless we can fill your spot from a waitlist.

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