Sunday, March 12, 2017

Iain Stewart's only Plein Air workshop for 2017 at Madeline Island School of the Arts June 5-9

Boats on Sticks- demo MISA 2016

I will be returning to Madeline Island this Summer for my popular "Sketchbook to Studio" workshop. This is my only plein air workshop in 2017! The Island is the perfect location for my class as their plein air scenes are limitless and their facilities are top notch.
MISA invites you to stay on campus in comfortable rooms, just steps away from spacious studios which are flooded with natural light from window-lined walls.
Delight in delicious, artfully prepared meals as part of your on-campus stay. MISA is known for their bottomless cookie jars, unlimited refreshments and snacks, and studios that stay open 24-hours a day. They take pride in making you feel at home! 
Come with a friend for this very special week at MISA and enjoy a small class size, and plenty of one-on-one instruction with me.
"Iain was an excellent instructor who very generously shared his knowledge and wisdom with us. He really cares about his students and that they learn. The food and facilities were amazing! - 2016 MISA Alum
Click HERE for more information and to register or call
(715) 747-2054

Iain teaching on Madeline Island

Fantastic student work!

Iain is an faculty member for the Plein Air
Convention & Expo in San Diego for 2017

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Annual Holiday Cyber Handmade Buy Local Extravaganza.

It's that time of year again. The turkey or tofurkey has been gobbled, the leftovers reheated and consumed by the boy, and my workshops for the year are done, leaving me to closet myself in the studio and paint away. I've used a few names for this sale- 12 paintings of Christmas, Ho Ho Holiday Sale, as well as others. Given the onslaught of advertising this year I have elected to rename it....

The Annual Holiday Cyber Handmade Buy Local Extravaganza. Notice I used bold font and itlalcized it to add effect and a certain zest while keeping with the professional nature of my posts here. This year the paintings will be coming fast and furious as I rework a few old ones and complete new ones.

If you are interested in any of these please contact me via EMAIL or my Facebook Page using the following LINK to my Watercolor Page which will be updated as I complete new works.

Prices include shipping within the continental US. Overseas shipping will be added for those of you outside the US.

All my best for you and yours for the Holidays,

Örserum Barn- Sweden
8" x 11"

Saint Didier Alleys- Provence 
11" x 8"

Balmoral Hotel- Edinburgh 
4" x 4"

Smith T's- Opelika
11.5" x 8.5"

Shrimper- Apalachicola
4" x 4"

8th and B- Opelika
7.75" x 5.25"

The Kyles of Bute, Scotland
8" x 5.25"

From Pals, Spain
10" x 14"

The Swilcan Bridge- Old Course  St. Andrews
5.25" x8"

Fife Sheep, Scotland
5" x 7"

Fife Sheep 2, Scotland
5" x 7"

Gordes- Provence
14" x 10"

more to come........

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Come on a Painting Adventure with Iain Stewart

Hi all. Just finding time to look to next year and some of my more  exiting workshops. I'll be doing two Plein Air workshops next year, which are typically my favorite as a teacher, as they allow us to explore new places together. As my dearest wife will attest when traveling I am usually so overwhelmed by my desire to sketch and paint that I can be a bit of a nuisance. These workshops allow me to go full tilt and paint with you places I have never been. So in addition to being a bit like a kid in a candy store I also get to do my two favorite things- paint and share that enjoyment with others. 
First on the list is painting the lakes and villages in the foothills of the French Alps where we will again tour with the fantastic Jackie Grandchamps of French EscapadeJune 3-10 We will be located out of the Spa town Aix les Bains and paint in Chanaz, Annecy "The little Venice of the Alps," Virieu and it's 11th century castle, after which we will relax at the Spa in Aix les Bains. Sounds good to me. There is still time to receive the early bird discount if you sign up before the end of November.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The DVD's are here...

Sometimes you need to take creative license with your photographic references but that is not always easy. With Iain Stewart's Light in Watercolor Painting Collection you will learn how to change the light, mood, and composition of your reference to paint the beautiful watercolor landscapes you desire no matter the original inspiration. 
Ian will show you how to paint a seascape, landscape, and a cityscape in his three newly released DVDs while analyzing each photographic reference and making adjustments along the way. Not only will you get three instructional videos but you will also receive three step-by-step video companion guides that each highlight key lessons and concepts in each video. Iain also shares his best tips for bringing the joy and spontaneity of sketching to your studio work in the Watercolor Artist June 2014 issue.  
In addition to these must-have resources filled with tips and instruction from Iain Stewart you will also be able to start painting right away with two sets of Daniel Smith extra fine watercolorsand a large plastic folding palette, all included in this exclusive collection!

You can order the DVDs as a collection or individually HERE.

Have a great day guys!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The 12 Paintings of Christmas

Hi all welcome to my 4th Annual Holiday Art Sale. The works below are all for sale at discounted prices. I'll continue to add a few works over the next few days. Check back and if one interests you please get in touch. My very best- Iain

Market and King- Chattanooga, TN
14.5" x 10.5"

The Argyle at Rothesay Harbour- Scotland
6.5" x 10"

Edison, WA
6.5" x 10"

Elie Evening- Scotland
6.5" x 10" 

Tankers on English Bay Vancouver, BC En Plein Air
10" x 6.5"

The South Tower- Notre Dame 
10" x 6.5"

Oppède Le Vieux No.2
11" x 7.5" on Stillman & Birn Alpha series paper

Harry Chong Laundry LES- nyc
14" x 9"

Under the FDR- nyc
12" x 8.5"

Monday, October 13, 2014

Painting the Costa Brava and Spain in May of 2015

I hope this note finds you well and painting. I am writing to update some previous information on my workshop in Spain next May. Due to a scheduling conflict Michael Reardon will not be able to attend which means I will be the sole instructor. This means a much smaller group and more one on one time with me. The course is limited to 12 students and there are a few slots left. If you sign up before Nov 30 you will receive a $200 discount. If you are interested please get in touch with me or you can inquire with Jackie Grandchamps, who is the tour operator, I worked with her in Provence this summer and she is very good at what she does. Jackie's email.

If you wish to travel with your spouse or a friend who is a non painter the non-painter will receive a $350 discount as well. Please see the attached flyer and for more information on the tour you can visit 

If you have not tried painting en plein air before I have written a blog post on my materials and how to pack here

I have also written a blog post about my recent trip to Provence with Jackie and French Escapade here

My very best,


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Provence Workshop 2014

The Group at Gordes

Breakfast view
Roussillon Demo

painting poppies

morning view from home base....

Ah, what can I say? Painting in Provence with a wonderful group of ladies, my wife, and a fantastic tour leader / organizer. You never know exactly how a workshop group will work out- it's an ever evolving and wonderfully unknown set of circumstance. How will the weather be, will everyone get along, will my demos go well, will it be well thought out and planned with painting in mind, and most importantly, will the attendees feel that their experience has met their expectations both in setting and instruction? With thanks to the weather aside, it is Provence in July after all, and the expertise and understanding of the spectacular Jackie Grandchamps of I believe I can say with confidence that this was one of the most enjoyable painting trips I have taken. The group dynamic was so upbeat and patient, the scenery spectacular, the food as mouthwateringly good as anything I've had the pleasure of tasting, and my lovely wife was there to experience it all and dig in and help at every turn.

Our hotel....wonderful

A workshop, no matter the setting, is a taxing adventure for the instructor. You give of yourself as much as possible and, for me at least, the most important part is that the students learn. It's not the Iain Show- it's about the adventurers that choose to make the journey with me. Our group was intimate, consisting of 9 students, my wife Noelle, and Jackie. I was able to spend time with everyone and watch them move from the first few hesitant marks through a beautiful transformation of both skill and confidence. I usually tell my students not to expect masterpieces during a workshop. The ideas and my specific approach to watercolor is usually something they are not accustomed to. In this workshop, however, the group jumped in with abandon and the results were fantastic. I think my wife said it best on the last evening.

Dancing at night
"I am so grateful to be surrounded by a group of such strong women all willing to go off to a far away place on their own, to experience new things without any fear, and embrace it all with such positive energy." I'm paraphrasing of course, but you get the idea. I am so proud to have been a part of this wonderful experience for each of you, to watch you make breakthroughs, to laugh over wine and the day's stories, in essence to become friends in such a short amount of time.

You are fantastic, you are bold, and you can all paint!

First morning's demos. One simple subject one a bit more difficult painted simultaneously. 

A very special thank you to my wife Noelle, for doing all that you did to help. I can't imagine doing a workshop like this without you and I think the gals would agree there. You are the best lil assistant anyone could ask for and then some.

The view from our balcony. That's Ventoux in the background for you bike folks.

The motto of the week will be my closing of this post before more photos and a bit of fun. Trust Jackie. I think for the next workshop I do with her in Spain next year (see info at the end of this post for more on that) I should have t-shirts made with that specific monicker. Jackie knows where she is intimately, and, more importantly, knows how to get you to the very popular locations at the right time of day so you can see them and then whisks you away to something even more charming and off the tourist trail leaving you space to paint at leisure without worry about jockeying for space with camera toting tourists. As any plein air painting workshop instructor will tell you, easel space for a group can be a serious concern, but Jackie somehow knows how and when to put you in a specific spot and have you back in the van just as the tour buses start pulling in. Her choice of where to base ourselves was perfect. Very few tourists and we had the place to ourselves. Those decisions became more apparent as we moved through the week. The restaurants, the painting locations, and how she interacts with a group is something an instructor rarely comes across and something I will not soon forget. Trust Jackie!

Poppies demo

So here are some pics.....enjoy! Remember you can join Michael Reardon and me in the Costa Brava next May with Jackie. We are limiting the group to 10 students per instructor instead of the normal 14 to keep that intimate feeling I was just describing. Go to to sign up.

Small group demos... No.1

Enjoying the Lavender 

Small group demos No.2

Sunset from the Balcony