National Watercolorist Leads Free Demonstration at The Center for Creative Arts

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National Watercolorist Leads Free Demonstration at The Center for Creative Arts

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 13 at The Center for Creative Arts, 

next door to The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) will host a free watercolor demonstration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 13 at The Center for Creative Arts building next door to the gallery, located at 8 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. This event is open to the public. A donation of $5 to $10 is requested.

David Rankin, a nationally known watercolorist, will demonstrate a technique he refers to as Watercolor Dazzle. The elegant magic of watercolor is created through an artful combination of soft and sharp effects. These elements, when combined correctly, create an amazing perceptual effect that “dazzles” the viewer’s eye and creates charm in any subject. 

Rankin will lead a three-day artists workshop called “Painting the Grand Illusion” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21-23 with lunch breaks at The Center for Creative Arts. The cost is $325 for members and $350 for non-members. 

This class is for intermediate to advanced artists. The ability to create a believable illusion of spatial depth with just a little pigment and water has a profound impact in watercolor. It is accomplished through a complex orchestration of several distinct skills, all of which contribute to the perception of spatial depth. These procedures allow the viewer to see distance whether in a landscape or between objects. Depth can be the result of a skillful assembly of values or it can result from the use of correct perspective. It can also be enhanced tremendously by artfully creating a variation in edges and blends or by assembling shapes of varying sizes and relationships. In this workshop, David will train artists in the procedures needed to create and assemble these various visual effects using his step-by-step procedures.

About The Society of Bluffton Artists:

SoBA is the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SoBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. Please visit for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843-757-6586.

About David Rankin:

David Rankin is a classic watercolor painter with the highest level of skills common to transparent watercolor dating back to the 1700s. Rankin is one fo the world’s leading watercolor painters with a studio in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. His career includes painting, writing books about art, lecturing and workshop trainers. Rankin’s watercolors are exhibited in public and private art collections, and more than 110 museums. Additionally, his work is regularly featured in watercolor books, magazines and one-man exhibitions across North America, as well as Japan and Sweden. For more information, visit


Ribbed Sky 2014.jpg.webp: “Ribbed Sky” by David Rankin, a nationally renowned watercolorist, who will lead a free demonstration at SoBA’s Center for Creative Arts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 13.