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.

Artist Carl Purcell works on a watercolor painting during a painting demonstration on June 27, 2013, at the Three Rivers Arts Center and In Cahoots!
Artist Carl Purcell works on a watercolor painting during a painting demonstration on June 27, 2013, at the Three Rivers Arts Center and In Cahoots! Gallery in Farmington. (Jon Austria /The Daily Times)

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

Cost: $220

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.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.