FARMINGTON — Artist Carl Purcell says painting is like building a house.
And the foundation of a painting is drawing, he said.
"If you're going to have your contractor save on money, you don't want it on the foundation," Purcell said.
Purcell will lead a drawing workshop for painters later this month in Farmington. The Manti, Utah, watercolor painter agreed to lead the workshop in Farmington after receiving numerous requests from local artists.
"Most people consider drawing a process of copying something," he said.
But he disagrees with those people. Instead, Purcell considers drawing a tool for painters to explore their subjects.
"For the scientist looking at the stars, it's telescopes," he said.
He said the telescope helps the astronomer further understand the universe and the stars, and "that's the same thing that drawing can do for us."
Purcell has been leading workshops for 20 years, although most of his workshops focus on watercolor painting.
During one drawing workshop years ago, a student told Purcell, "I don't want to draw, I just want to paint."
Purcell said this is a common attitude among painters, and he hopes his workshop will emphasize to the painters who attend the importance of drawing.
"When I do a drawing for a painting, it teaches me everything I need to know except the colors," Purcell said.
"When I haven't drawn, I haven't seen," he added.
IF YOU GO
What: Drawing for painters workshop
When: Aug. 21 to Aug. 23
Send registration fee to: Carl Purcell, 394 West Union, Manti, UT 84642
Note: After registering, attendees will be informed of the exact location of the workshop.