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New Watercolor Class Now Available

Always a popular favorite, Tommy Thompson will be offering a new watercolor class this summer. Check it out!

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Contact Crooked Creek Park directly to get registered so you don't miss this great opportunity.

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For a quick explanation of Line and Wash painting, check out this video from a recent Meet the Artist event in which Tommy was featured.

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About the instructor

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CCAL's very own award winning artist, Tommy D. Thompson. Tommy will be conducting this watercolor class at Crooked Creek Park. This class is suited to beginners as well as those wanting to hone their watercolor skills.

Tommy D. Thompson, a multiple Best in Show winner, has been painting since 1965. He has taught numerous classes and workshops in the greater Columbia metropolitan area since 1989. For the past 10 years, in addition to his watercolor landscapes, he has been concentrating on large, contemporary artwork on board and canvas.

Both his watercolor and acrylic paintings are included in private, corporate and South Carolina State Government collections. His most recent one-person shows were at the Chapin Town Hall in Chapin, South Carolina in 2020, the Art Center in Aiken, South Carolina in 2017 and "City Art Gallery" in Columbia, South Carolina in 2016. He earned signature status of the South Carolina Watercolor Society and is an active member of several Columbia area and state art associations. He has been awarded signature status as a Nautilus Fellowship member in the International Society of Experimental Artists.

His work can be viewed at his studio ( in Chapin ) or Palmetto Fine Arts of Chapin, South Carolina, at his online CCAL gallery page and on his website at

Artist's Statement

For the last several decades the advances in polymer science have had a dynamic effect on art material. The advent of current acrylic paint and especially the acrylic mediums have opened many new avenues for individual expression. I have always been fascinated by the intensity of colors and the representation of light and shadow in my work. Now, the new acrylic mediums have allowed me to introduce another dimension to the paintings – texture and relief surface work. I work primarily in acrylic paint for my large pieces on canvas. These are contemporary, abstract style paintings, and average about 30 X 40 inches and larger.

My real "love", however, is in doing small watercolors. This is what I teach, and have the most fun creating. I have prints made of these and use them as Christmas cards and note cards. These average 8 X 10 inches or smaller, and usually represent rural scenes which I remember from the time I spent growing up in rural Kentucky.


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